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Freecom Launches Smallest 2.5in External HDD

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Freecom Launches Smallest 2.5in External HDD

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.

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GoldenGuy

July 28, 2008, 8:54 pm

Oooch - 80 quid for 320 gigs? Yes please. Is that normal now? Seems more than reasonable to me. I remember reaching that as the limit and finding it twice that expensive not too long ago. I guess the premium is now focussed on the 500GB portables. I think the size and price clinch this for me though.

The Mighty Ben

July 28, 2008, 8:56 pm

but most importantly... will it blend?

The Pope

July 28, 2008, 9:10 pm

So new it ain't even on Freecom's website yet *rolleyes*

Luan Bach

July 28, 2008, 9:16 pm

That is one short cable. I hope it's just for show and will work with longer cables. I've had enough problems with the WD drives not working with a decent length cable. That cable looks as if it won't even reach my usb ports from the floor or the top of my tower case!

GoldenGuy

July 28, 2008, 9:53 pm

Well until it is Mighty Eye-Rolling Ben, I'll have to stick with that Buffalo 500GB MiniStation.

Xiphias

July 29, 2008, 1:51 am

Luan: Only being able to use short cables is a limitation of most USB drives. I believe it's because they draw so close to the maximum power that USB is supposed to provide. Did your WD drive not come with an additional USB cable just for power? If that's too short as well just get an extension cable.

ilovethemonkeyhead

July 29, 2008, 1:18 pm

*I've had enough problems with the WD drives not working with a decent length cable. That cable looks as if it won't even reach my usb ports from the floor or the top of my tower case!*





good god, you too? i thought it was just me... WD passport refuses to be recognized when using a 1 meter long cable.

Luan Bach

July 29, 2008, 2:58 pm

Xiphias: It didn't come with another cable. I tried a split cable that was suppose to do just that but it didn't work.

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