Verbatim has announced the launch of a new version of their Store and Go USB drive, the new Verbatim Store and Go V3 features a USB 3.0 interface and offers data transfer up to two times faster than USB 2.0.
“With the new V3 USB 3.0 Drive, users can take advantage of the much faster USB 3.0 ports which are becoming standard on many newer laptop and desktop pc’s offered for sale this year. The USB 3.0 interface offers up to 2 times faster transfer rate than earlier generation USB 2.0 ports. The Verbatim V3 USB Drive allows users to benefit from the latest technology, without being throttle by their USB 2.0 flash drives. At very nearly the same price as an ordinary USB 2.0 drive is just icing on the cake.” said Mark Rogers, Verbatim Product Manager, Flash Memory Products. “Offering a convenient cap-less design, the V3 enables students and professionals alike the ability to quickly transfer data in a small, compact device
The Verbatim Store and Go V3 will be available in a range of sizes from 8GB up to 64GB, and it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports, prices will start at $19.99 for the 8GB model.
Beware, malware. The Windows AutoRun updates for Vista and XP SP3 that Microsoft released in February have so far proven successful in thwarting your file corrupting ways. Although Windows 7 was updated to disable AutoPlay within AutoRun for USB drives — freezing the ability for a virus to exploit it — the aforementioned versions had remained vulnerable up until right after January. Fast-forward to the period between February and May of this year, and the updates have reduced the number of incidents by 1.3 million compared to the three months prior for the supported Vista and XP builds. Amazingly, when stacked against May of last year, there was also a 68 percent decline in the amount of incidents reported across all builds of Windows using Microsoft’s Malicious Software Remove Tool. There’s another fancy graph after the break to help illustrate, and you’ll find two more along with a full breakdown by hitting the source link down under.
Sick and tired of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0′s slow-as-molasses 80MB/sec read speeds? Good news, the flash drive has been souped up for a second generation, offering up 100MB/sec read and 70 MB/sec write speeds when plugged into a USB 3.0 port — plugging into a 2.0 port should give you in the neighborhood of 30MB/s for both read and write. That speed ain’t cheap, however — the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB drives will run you $77, $116, and $213, respectively. The drives are available now and the press release is after the break — if you can catch it.
Plextor PL-LB950UE Blu-ray burner lands in the US with heady mix of USB 3.0 speed and double-layer storage
Europeans have been able to bag this speedy external writer for a few months now, but it’s only just received its Green Card — turning up in the US with a suitcase full of dreams and a price tag of $239.99. A quick check of its CV resume reveals a choice of either USB 3.0 or eSATA connectivity, 12x write speed, and the ability to burn up to 50GB of data on a dual-layer disc. The drive is being pitched as an “all-in-one Blu-ray device” because it also handles 3D playback and has a low vibration system for quieter operation. Admittedly, it only offers half as much storage as BDXL writers, but those burn slower and onto judderingly expensive media. Closer competition comes from Buffalo, which arrived early to the USB 3.0 table, but whose current MediaStation model omits the eSATA option.