You'd think the size of a 2.5in hard drive is already somewhat pre-defined, but somehow Freecom has found a way to make smaller...
The 'Mobile Drive XXS' is being dubbed by the company as "the world's smallest 2.5in USB-2 external hard drive" (quite a mouthful) but the important part is it claims to be a whole 27 per cent smaller than its closest competitor. At 155g, Freecom also believes it is the lightest - and so do we (unless you guys can think of anything?).
Available in 160GB to 320GB capacities, the XXSes achieve their teeniness by two key external design choices. The first sees them kitted out with form-fitting rubber sleeves which on the one hand makes them secure to grip and on the other protects the drive and does away with the need for bulky external casing. The second is the adoption of a native USB interface so there are no wires to integrate, though it does mean a separate cable is necessary (see snap below).
On the plus side, all power is taken over USB so there's no requirement for a power cable and with prices starting from £44.99 for a 160GB model and incremental increases to £59.99 and £79.99 for 250GB and 320GB drives respectfully, they don't cost the earth. Best of all however, the Mobile Drive XXS series goes on sale immediately so there is instant gratification for those of you unable to control those rampant consumerist pangs.