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Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the low-cost OWC Neptune
line of external FireWire hard drive solutions with a high speed of 7200RPM and capacities up to 1TB, double the prior highest capacity 500GB model. OWC say that their Neptune FireWire solutions are perfect for audio/video, gaming, music, photography, and backup (fully Apple Time-Machine Plug nâ€™ Play ready).
OWC describe the drives thus: Neptune is the â€˜Value Done Rightâ€™ external storage drive solution, providing high-performance on a budget with the same industry leading Oxford chipset and heavy-duty power supplies available in OWCâ€™s higher-end Mercury Elite storage line. OWC uses only the best components and qualified hard drive mechanisms. Compact at 1.5-inches x 9-inches x 5.5-inches, the drives are portable, weigh only 2.7 pounds, and boast an extremely shock resistant design for maximum data safety.
Larry Oâ€™Connor, President and CEO, OWC, told us, â€œBrought to the market as a top-notch product at an unbeatable value, OWC Neptune storage solutions are the absolute best bet for any Mac or PC user looking for high performance on a budget without sacrificing quality when additional external storage is needed.â€�
OWC Neptune FireWire drives feature a custom Oxford bridge solution, two six-pin FireWire 400 (1394a) ports for convenient Plug â€˜n Play usability, a 7200RPM drive mechanism, up to 32MB data buffer and data transfer rates of up to 400Mbps. All drives come pre-initialized with shareware/freeware/public domain software and include a FireWire cable, Intech HD SpeedTools (Mac), Prosoft DataBackup III (Mac OS X), and NovaStor NovaBackup (Windows). In addition to a one-year limited warranty, the premium hard drive mechanisms are further covered by an additional 4 year replacement warranty.
Pricing and Availability:
The OWC Neptune external hard drive solution is available immediately, priced from $84.99 - $229.99.
750GB 7200RPM with 32MB data buffer: $169.99
1.0TB 7200RPM with 32MB data buffer: $229.99