Pocket sized hard drives have been pretty common place, so to deem one’s existence a news worthy piece it has to have something unique going for it. And hence a post on Verbatim’s Insight portable USB Hard Drive.  Available in storage capacities of 320GB and 500GB, the Insight USB portable drives measure just 6 in. X 3.4 in. X 0.63 in., weigh less than 6oz and include an Always On LCD that can display the hard drives remaining storage as well its name even while it’s not connected to a computer.  Specs wise were looking at a 5400rpm speed, 8MB of cache and a USB 2.0 interface.  Both capacities are available now for a suggested price of $119.99 and $149.99 respectively.

Full release after the ‘leap’

Verbatim Launches InSight™ Portable USB Hard Drives
with an Always On Display

InSight™ Hard Drive Displays Drive Name and Available Free Space,
Even when Disconnected

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 17, 2009) – With the announcement today of its new InSight(TM)
Portable USB Hard Drives, Verbatim(R) Americas, LLC, the world’s leader in storage
media technology, takes hard drive design to a new dimension. The sleek, durable
enclosure is enhanced with a premium piano black finish that will appeal to professional
as well as home users.  Additionally, the InSight Portable Hard Drive features
an Always On display, which automatically calculates and continuously displays
the customizable drive name and available free space, even when the drive is
disconnected from the computer. Shipping now, the palm-sized external hard drive
will enable Windows(R) and Mac(R) users to instantly add 320GB or 500GB of stylish,
removable capacity to their notebook or desktop systems.

“The new enclosure design for InSight Portable Hard Drives adds a touch of elegance
to the external hard drive product category,” says Charles Klinker, Verbatim’s
Director of Marketing, HDD Products. “Users have the option to personalize their
drive’s name, e.g., TUNES&PICS, which, along with the free space, shows on the
32 x 128-pixel display even when the drive is unplugged from the user’s computer.
The ability to quickly glance at several drives and identify the one that has
pictures of the kids, your music collection or video library, for example, adds
a level of convenience not previously available in portable hard drives.”

Both 320GB and 500GB-capacity drives include Nero BackItUp Essentials, a complete
data protection solution, allowing full, automatic system backup and restore
functions.  Easy-to-use, the software guides the user to set up scheduled backups
by date and/or time. Nero BackItUp Essentials also features data encryption with
password control options, providing data security and peace of mind when traveling
or storing the drive.

Designed to fit easily on a desktop or to be taken on-the-go, Verbatim’s new
InSight Portable Hard Drives weigh less than 6 ounces (164 g), and measure 6
in. X 3.4 in. X 0.63 in. (153 mm x 87 mm x 16 mm).

The 2.5” drives have a 5400rpm spindle speed and 8MB of cache memory to optimize
performance. Equipped with a USB 2.0 port, the bus-powered drives achieve high-speed
transfer rates of up to 480MB/sec.

Backed by a 5-year limited warranty, InSight Portable Hard Drives deliver unique
functionality, safety, security, and reliability to all computer users.

Availability and Pricing
Designed for Windows Vista, XP or 2000 and Mac OS 9.x or higher systems, Verbatim
InSight Portable Hard Drives are available through Verbatim retail partners such
as Best Buy.  Suggested retail prices are US$119.99 for the 320GB drive and US$149.99
for the 500GB drive. Backed by a 5-year limited warranty, the complete package
includes the InSight Portable Hard Drive, a USB cable, Nero BackItUp Essentials
Software for Windows, and a Quick Start Guide.

About Verbatim
Verbatim’s businesses in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific
regions are wholly owned subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Kagaku Media
Co., Ltd.  MKM’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), is Japan’s
largest chemical company.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."