- dotTech - http://dottech.org -

Wireless external hard drives are here. …Say what?

Posted By Ashraf On November 20, 2009 @ 8:31 PM In Hardware Reviews,Tips 'n Tricks | 9 Comments

Yes you read the title properly. Companies, more specifically Imation, are now making wireless external hard drives. Meet the Imation Pro WX [1]:

ImationProWXUSB [2]

The Imation Pro WX is a 1.5 TB, 3.5 inch form factor external hard drive that connects to the computer wirelessly (it has a the ability to connect via wire also though). Additionally, to promote the whole idea of backup-files-easily-and-continuously-without-need-of-wires, the Pro WX comes with Mameo Instant Backup for easy and continuous, yet wireless, backups.

Sounds cool doesn’t it? Think about it: the ability to transfer data back and forth, to and from your (external) hard drive without having to connect the hard drive to your computer via a cord. However, things are not all happy-happy in Imation Pro WX land. The Pro WX, as you can see in the image above, still needs a USB port on your computer for the USB adapter, the data transfer rates are nothing to brag about (15 MB/sec max), and it comes with a cool price tag of  (atleast) $449.99. Also, I don’t have the hard drive on hand to know for sure but reading over the specs, I suspect there is no battery in the Pro WX. In other words, the Pro WX is not completely wireless – you need to use an external power supply (i.e. use a power cord).

Nonetheless, this is a nice development. Moore’s law, much?

[via GearLog [3]]

Thanks Samuel!


Article printed from dotTech: http://dottech.org

URL to article: http://dottech.org/12397/wireless-external-hard-drives-are-here-say-what/

URLs in this post:

[1] Imation Pro WX: http://www.imation.com/en/Imation-Products/Hard-Disk-Drives/External-Hard-Drives/Imation-Pro-WX-Wireless-USB-Hard-Drive/

[2] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/ImationProWXUSB.jpg

[3] GearLog: http://www.gearlog.com/2009/11/imation_hard_drive_cuts_the_co.php

© 2008-2012 dotTech.org | All content is the property of its rightful owner.