Apricorn has announce Aegis, its new ultra portable hard drive family product suite. The first available product from this suite is the Aegis Mini, a pocket sized, ultra-portable 1.8-inch external drive with USB 2.0 or FireWire connection options.
Available in 30GB and 60GB capacities, Apricorn's Aegis Mini—its name meaning to shield or protect--is bus-powered and features a convenient, integrated cable, which wraps neatly around the Mini when not in use. Compatible with both PC and Apple systems, the product is bundled with Apricorn's Data Protection Suite, which provides backup, synchronization and encryption and has a rugged shock mounted enclosure with padded carry pouch for the ultimate in data protection. "In developing the Aegis Mini, we gathered input from many industry sources with the goal of developing the best portable storage device on the market," explains Mike McCandless, Apricorn's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Apricorn's Aegis Mini utilizes Hitachi Global Storage Technologies' 1.8-inch hard drive, the Travelstar C4K60 "Slim," delivering the lightest and most shock-tolerant specifications in its class. In addition, the rugged Aegis Mini protects data with a unique 16-point omni directional shock mounting system. As the lightest 1.8-inch hard drive, Travelstar "Slim" contributes to the overall size and weight of the Aegis Mini, which weighs in at a mere 3.5 ounces and is smaller than a deck of cards. The Aegis Mini is plug-n-play and hot-swappable.
Included with the Aegis Mini package is a neoprene protective carrying pouch, one-meter USB extension cable, and Data Protection Software Suite which includes backup software, synchronizing software, encryption software and hard drive health monitor software, a proprietary solution developed by Apricorn engineers. Software bundle features include the following:
- Backup Software: EZ Gig II Backup and Disaster Recovery Software for Windows, ShirtPocket SuperDuper! for Mac
- Synchronizing Software: Second Copy Synchronizing Software for Windows, Synchronize! X for Mac
- Encryption Software: Cryptainer Encryption Software for Windows, Apricorn Encryption Utility for Mac Hard Drive Health Monitor SMART-ER for Windows
System Requirements, Hardware: Pentium CPU, Apple G3 or later, 32MBs RAM, USB, FireWire, CD ROM.
Software: Windows 2000 and XP, Mac OS 9.2 or later and Mac OS X 10.x
- USB 2.0 interface $159 30GB and $239 60GB
- FireWire interface $169 30GB and $249 60GB
Warranty is 1-year limited.
Apricorn's Aegis Mini is currently available in the US, Canada and online at www.apricorn.com.