Paris Mac Expo – iomega


One of this show’s product news comes from iomega: the “eGo Helium” portable hard drive, designed specifically for the MacBook Air, is a shiny enclosure in aluminum finish with a sole Mini USB connector in the back and, supposedly, the ideal storage companion for your ultra portable Mac.

The drive itself weighs in at 165 grams with exterior maximum dimensions of 13 x 88 x 120 millimeters. It really has a cute design and is tinier than may appear from my photo below. And, as with the MacBook Air itself, the wedge-like form factor nicely hides the 13 mm thickness:

According to Melanie and Tilman, at the iomega booth, the eGo Helium is expected to start selling in October this year, in Europe around 120 Euros, we will try to get a quote for the US target price.

Another debut from iomega is the “UltraMax Plus” desktop hard drive (third from the right in the photo below). This relatively small dual bay aluminum enclosure actually comes as a quadruple interface device with a 3 port USB 2.0 Hub, two FireWire 800 and one FireWire 400 and eSATA port each. Two dedicated LEDs on the front monitor the drives’ status.

The UltraMax Plus will be available in two configurations: 1 TeraByte (2 500 GB drives), for 289 Euros, and the 2 TeraByte model for 379 Euros.

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