updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri July 20, 2007
Kanguru Eco Drive
Riding the wave of environmentally-friendly technology, Kanguru has started shipping the Eco Drive external hard disk. Configurable from 80 to 750GB, its main feature is its three power-saving modes: after three seconds of inactivity, the drive steps down to 80 percent power; after three minutes it drops to 10 to 20 percent power, and finally, five minutes cuts levels to 5 to 10 percent. The drive is also compatible with the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standard, meaning that it has a minimal amount of chemicals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium.
The drive is both Mac and PC compatible, but only PC users can run the bundled NTI Backup Now 4 software, and fine-tuning the power modes requires Windows 2000, XP or Vista. Prices for USB 2.0 Eco Drives run from $95 to $350; SATA models are forthcoming. [via Digital Trends]