Portability is something that is becoming increasingly important in the storage world and as such, Seagate has launched an external hard drive that is just 9mm thick.
The svelte GoFlex Slim is a USB 3.0 compatible 320GB HDD which is as thin as a No.2 pencil or just thicker that the iPad 2. The black anodized finish adds damage protection as well as good looks according to the manufacturer and inside is a 2.5in 7,200 RPM drive. The device is powered via USB, and USB 3.0 compatibility will bring with it up to 10x the transfer speeds of USB 2.0, which is also supported. The GoFlex Slim is compatible with both Macs and PCs, without the need for formatting if you switch between one system and the other. Measuring 124 x 78 x 9mm and weighing just 160g, the Slim certainly lives up to its name in terms if size.
The GoFlex Slim will come with Seagateâ€™s back-up software including powerful encryption technology, making it easier to synchronise between different computers and letting you restore previous file versions from back-up easily. The Seagate Dashboard management tool also comes bundled with the drive to make it easier to use the GoFlex Slim. A three year warranty is also included to give you even more peace of mind.
Weâ€™re awaiting confirmation of pricing and release dates in the UK from Seagate but the GoFlex Slim is expected to retail at Â£79.99. While Plextor recently announced the similarily-slim 500GB PX-PH500U3 costing Â£90, you can now get Seagate's own 1TB FreeAgent GoFlex HDD for just Â£59.99 - though it is a lot less portable. With external SSD's still very expensive in comparison, these ultra-slim HDDs may have a market considering their portability and relative low price.