USB 3.0 finds more support from yet another industry player that can be added to the SuperSpeed roster, and you don’t need an entirely new system to reap the benefits. Texas-based EdgeTech Corp. has introduced four types of 3.0 products to their line: an external hard drive, portable hard drive, PCI ExpressCard and Laptop ExpressCard.
The commercial release of Edge Tech’s USB 3.0 products hints at some curious industry trends. First, it indicates the rise of manufacturers and suppliers not idly standing by for SuperSpeed chipset technology to be universally adopted in all of our systems, and second, these manufacturers are responding with 3.0 upgrades that are consumer-friendly.
According to Edge Tech’s product development manager, “There are many consumers out there that want to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds, but have older systems. These upgrade cards are a low cost alternative to buying a new USB 3.0 computer, with the same results.”
Edge Tech’s products give you all of the basics needed for a solid USB 3.0 foundation. Choose from one of two DiskGO SuperSpeed USB 3.0 hard drives. The portable type (in 250 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB and 750 GB flavors) is for users who like to take their data with them on the go. The external drive (in 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB flavors) is engineered for one location, be it your home or office. These drives are ten times faster than their USB 2.0 counterparts and are hotswappable to allow for quick and simple use in your own “SuperSpeed” life.
Both drives are equipped with free Dmailer Backup software that backs up some of your precious digital data not only to the drive, but also to an online storage service. Another added perk that streamlines this application’s use is that it’s installation-free as well as compatible for PCs and Macs.
Depending on if you have a desktop or laptop, Edge Tech attempts to offer a USB 3.0 adapter solution via its ExpressCards. The laptop version is outfitted with one port, while the desktop version has two ports. One obvious caveat is that your computer must have a PCI Express slot to insert the card. These cards are bus-powered and give you the ability to speed up the storage or access to your digital library.
The question is, will this blossoming market finally pave the way for USB 3.0 devices? Only then will such products realize their full potential.
What’s your take on Edge Tech’s new product line and similar USB 3.0 items? Will you take advantage of these before systems or devices make a mainstream introduction?