Monday, January 09, 2012

Icy news: External Portable HDD With Square Form Factor

Freecom Mobile Drive Sq, €179 for 1TB
Freecom, a Mitsubishi Kagaku Media company, unveiled theMobile Drive Sq, a mobile hard drive with a square form factor that is the first of its kind. 

"The Mobile Drive Sq is everything you would expect of a high-quality mobile hard drive," said Cas de Heus, marketing and communications manager EUMEA at Freecom. "From a practical point of view, it's fast, portable and easy to use - but when it comes to appearance, the Mobile Drive Sq really goes the extra mile. The stylish square enclosure looks stunning next to any notebook or computer, and is a timeless piece that is unlike any other mobile hard drive on the market."

Designed in collaboration with industrial designer Arman Emami, the Freecom Mobile Drive Sq is encased in a sandblasted stainless steel enclosure that makes it less susceptible to fingerprints and scratches. A surrounding plastic trim protects the drive against impact and the combination of a thin metal surface with a plastic core creates a compound that is sleek, durable and lightweight.

"With the Mobile Drive Sq, we've incorporated sensual, organic lines without losing the refreshing simplicity of a basic geometric form," said Arman Emami, founder of the Berlin design studioEmamidesign. "The result is a product that people will want to use wherever they go - it really exudes the high quality design that the market expects of Freecom."

Available in 500GB and 1TB storage capacities, the Mobile Drive Sq has an USB 3.0 connection that enables users to transfer data at speeds of approximately 130MB/s. The Mobile Drive Sq is powered by USB port, so users can plug it into any PC or Mac and drag and drop files to share data with friends, family and colleagues.

The compact Mobile Drive Sq measures 12 x 12 x 1.05/1.3 cm so it can be slipped into a bag and carried around with users wherever they go. The drive comes with Nero backup software for Windows, as well as an energy-saving 'Green Button' function that puts the drive into standby mode when not in use.

Pricing and availability
The Freecom Mobile Drive Sq is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. Price is €119 and €179 respectively with a two-year warranty and unlimited helpdesk support with this product.  Source from

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