The new USB 2.0-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive comes in a variety of colours and capacities: the bright Ruby Red model is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities, while sparkling Silver and deep Midnight Blue only reach as high as 320GB (although Iomega says the colour and capacity combinations vary in international markets).
Features in the new generation of eGo portable hard drives include a protection suite of software that offers McAfee VirusScan Plus and the device also has Drop Guard ruggedness that keeps your data safe no matter how rough you treat it.
Here comes the science bit…
“Inside an anodized aluminium shell little more than a half-inch thick (16mm) and weighing less than 7oz (200grams) is a state-of-the-art 2.5-inch portable hard drive. Iomega’s Drop Guard feature protects data on the new eGo drive from drops of up to 51 inches, or 40 per centabove the industry average! The new 500GB Iomega eGo BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0, available in June, comes complete with a black eGo Power Grip Belt and Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme, which provides unparalleled protection for the drive from drops of up to 7 feet (2.1 mm) – over twice the industry average!”
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All of the drives draw their power from a USB port connection so there’s no power supply to carry around – and they ship with a Y cable to use two USB ports to power the drive, if needed.
The Iomega Protection Suite includes:
* McAfee VirusScan Plus: a free six-month subscription to this market-leading software that protects your PC with anti-virus, anti-spyware, 2-way firewall, and web security protection (PC only).
* Iomega QuikProtect: backup software for simple scheduled file-level backup of data to hard drives and network-attached storage devices (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks).
* EMC Retrospect Express or Express HD: backup all of your data plus applications and settings (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks).
* MozyHome Online Backup: Convenient online backup service with 2GB of online capacity for free (unlimited online storage for $4.95/month). MozyHome Online service allows you to restore your most important data from any computer with internet access, at any location in the world.
The new Iomega eGo range (except for the BlackBelt model, which is out in June) is available now. The 320GB models cost £74.99 RRP, while the 500GB versions cost £99.99 RRP.