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Verbatim Launches Portable USB Drive

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.

InformationWeek Analytics has published an independent analysis on the state of enterprise storage. Download the report here (registration required).

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