The piano-black device has an always-on blue screen that displays available storage space.
Verbatim has introduced a sleek portable USB hard drive with an always-on blue screen that displays available storage space.
The palm-sized InSight, launched Monday, has a piano-black finish and is designed for use with a Windows PC or Mac. The external drive weighs less than six ounces and has a data transfer rate of 480 MB per second.
Verbatim is hoping the InSight's stylish design will lure customers, along with the storage-tracking display that remains on even when the drive is unplugged from a computer.
"The new enclosure design for InSight Portable Hard Drives adds a touch of elegance to the external hard drive product category," Charles Klinker, director of marketing for Verbatim's hard-disk drive business, said in a statement.
The new product has a 2.5-inch drive with a spindle speed of 5400 revolutions per minute and 8 MB of cache memory, The bus-powered device is equipped with a USB 2.0 port.
The InSight supports Windows Vista, XP or 2000 and Mac OS 9.x or higher. The portable drive is priced at $120 for the 320 GB model and $150 for 500 GB. The drive comes with a five-year limited warranty.
In terms of storage, the latest InSight falls way short of competitors' products. For example, Western Digital in July introduced a 1 TB external hard drive. The palm-size My Passport Essential SE is available in multiple colors and also runs of a USB 2.0 port. The drive is also available with storage ranging from 250 GB ot 750 GB.
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