Items tagged with USB

USB sticks have been around forever. No surprise there. But they've been improving in recent years, proving that there's still demand for these little guys so long as capacity increases along with transfer rates. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate is the company's latest, complete with an eight-channel MLC architecture and write speeds as high... Read more...
NAS adapters, or dongles that allow people to create their own Network and Cloud Storage networks, aren't totally new. But throwing USB 3.0 into the mix? That is! Addonics Technologies has done exactly that with their new 3rd-generation NAS adapter, which offers 30% faster performance, added support of NTFS and exFAT... Read more...
We've often wondered how long it would take companies to finally start adopting USB 3.0 en masse. It's been a couple of years now, and SuperSpeed ports are still few and far between. It's not like the USB standard stands any chance of being neglected, so what's the holdup? Well, these things always take time, and implementation is always easier... Read more...
Is it a hard drive? Or is it a media streamer? Or is it both? The answer, believe it or not, is "C." Seagate has just created a totally wild new portable hard drive, which not only holds 500GB of storage and ships with a GoFlex adapter and a USB 3.0 cable, but also has a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module that enables it to serve media (photos,... Read more...
Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and finding one is as simple as looking hard enough. But finding one with robust security features is a bit tougher. Aleratec has made that a bit easier with the introduction of the PortaStor secure 256-bit AES Encrypted USB Flash Drive, which feature encryption on a hardware level. The device provides... Read more...
Looking to bring faster transfer rates to your notebook or USB-enabled PC? TrendNet has a new option, the TEW-684UB. This is the world's first ultra-high performance 450Mbps wireless USB adapter, a dual-band Wireless N affair that outperforms the generic 150Mbps or 54Mbps adapters that ship with most computers. This won't be needed for those... Read more...
It's not likely that the average consumer will have a real need to duplicate flash drives, but those in enterprise markets may be looking for this very functionality. Aleratec's portable USB flash drive duplicator could be just the thing your business has been after, and if you're a self-proclaimed "road warrior," well you're in the target... Read more...
There are flash drives, and then there's this. Kingston has had their feet in the entierprise market for years now, and while they're obviously responsible for a number of the more traditional USB keys, the newest is definitely meant for the pros. The company's new "Managed" government-level secure USB key is tailored... Read more...
USB really is universal. The port has been used for an untold number of things in the computing universe, and more recently, accessory makers have figure out how to transmit video signals through the same cable that's more commonly used to connect printers and scanners. IOGEAR is one of those companies, recently introducing a USB-to-HD adapter... Read more...
It has taken USB 3.0 a serious amount of time to really gain steam in the industry, but late really is better than never in this case. More and more machines are shipping with USB 3.0 support, and rumors are flying that next-gen Intel chipsets will support the protocol natively. Texas Instruments has today announced that it is the first semiconductor... Read more...
It's not unusual these days to see an aftermarket car stereo with a USB port. Most of these players have USB sockets in order to give users the ability to easily load up MP3 files that they may have stored on a thumb drive, but the issue that most run into has nothing to do with the player -- it's the drive. A typical USB thumb drive is pretty... Read more...
This is a pretty interesting situation. Had this shipped a decade ago, we suspect D-Link would've sold out in record time. But today, we aren't sure how many people will even give these two new products a passing glance. Much like Logitech's new Unifying USB nub, the Wireless N 150 Pico shown here is probably the smallest external Wi-Fi dongle... Read more...
Believe it or not, we have actually heard of a quad-channel USB 3.0 stick before. They certainly aren't "everywhere" yet, but they're becoming increasingly popular as more and more notebooks start to ship with USB 3.0 ports. Sharkoon, an accessories and peripherals company, has just introduced their newest USB stick... Read more...
With USB 3.0 becoming the port of choice for many new notebooks and desktops, many accessory companies are now looking to provide peripherals that convert other formats to USB 3.0. It's a fight for compatibility, and NewerTech is now introducing a new adapter that makes any eSATA hard drives compatible with USB 3.0. The idea is simple: if... Read more...
StarTech launched two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations that support both USB and eSATA connectivity. Both of these new docking stations also accept 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD drives. StarTech claims these new docking stations are the first in the market to offer support for four drives... Read more...
LaCie has always been a company obsessed with style, and so this newest partnership isn't too surprising. The storage company has teamed with Christofle to introduce one of the fanciest USB flash drives we've ever seen. It's a circular device that snaps in two, with the Galet being pebble-shaped and plated in silver... Read more...
Looks like the big dogs, namely LaCie, Seagate and Western Digital, have some extra competition. The HDD space has always been crowded, and it seems to be a market with ultra-thin margins. But the good ones are staying in it, and hanging in there. Freecom has been dishing out storage options for quite some time, but rarely gets the kind of... Read more...
Change is in the air, and so is the smell of new flash memory. Lexar really is on a roll to start 2011, first issuing a new 32GB microSDHC card, and now revealing the Echo MX and ZX USB backup drives. The company's newest backup drives are unique in that they're "no touch," compared to the "one touch" options you'll... Read more...
For whatever reason, file sharing is just difficult in many ways. Either your flash drive is too small, or your network is too slow. It just seems like there's no "good way" to reliability get files from one PC to another when you need them there the most. Many companies have created new and interesting solutions to an old problem, but we're... Read more...
At this time last year, USB 2.0 hard drives were all the rage. Just 12 months later, and now a whole bunch of new external HDDs have USB 3.0 support. And it's about time! Throughout the year, we have wondered why laptop and desktop makers weren't supporting USB 3.0 with any real frequency. Even today, loads of new notebooks are shipping with... Read more...
USB keys have been around nearly as long as real keys, or so it seems. But that doesn't mean that the industry is stopping soon. Kingston has been producing USB flash drives for as long as we can remember, offering some tough ones, some huge ones, and some playful ones. The new DataTraveler Mini Fun Generation 2 (G2) is definitely a playful... Read more...
USB 3.0 just keeps getting better, and faster. Patriot, which is probably best known for their solid state drives and memory modules, has just revealed a new USB 3.0 thumb drive. The Supersonic USB 3.0 lives up to its name, offering a native single-chip USB 3.0 controller as well as quad-channel technology that helps better take advantage... Read more...
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