Mercury Elite 7200RPM Combo FireWire/USB Hard Drive
Company: Other World Computing
Price: $289.99 US (for 120GB drive we reviewed)
Excuse me for being so brief, friends, but most aspects of this new external hard drive from Other World Computing (OWC) can be read in our review of its FireWire-only sibling. Concerning this improved model, the good news keeps getting better with each successive product release. What a great company; what outstanding hardware.
Everything works perfectly both in FireWire and USB v.1 modes, transferring files and running the drive either as boot volume (FireWire only) or external storage disk. Even on my legacy G3 400MHz iMac DV I felt no need to install the included speed enhancement software, because Mercury Elite moves data at sizzling swiftness in its as-is format. (USB v.2 capability is built in for Windozers and others who can utilize it, after installing a separate driver.)
An impressive suite of software comes pre-installed on the jumbo hard disk. Both productivity utilities and interface enhancements are among the many applications included for OS9 and OSX. Thanks.
Complaints? Yes! Other World Computing generously provides MyMac.com with evaluation products for the duration of a normal review period, and then I need to send them back. Aw, shucks, to say the least. This hard disk is a keeper if I ever saw one.
Thanks, OWC, for your ongoing support of the worldwide Macintosh community and our humble publication. We’re ready to examine anything and everything you send us!
PS: Other models are available, priced down to $189.99 for a 40GB drive.
MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5