Iomega PX2-300d NAS brings horsepower to network storage
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are similar in one respect to the iPod on release -- until one used it, the utility wasn't immediately apparent. Then, upon using it, it becomes nearly vital to day-to-day operations. The Iomega PX2-300d is the Cadillac of NAS boxes. Driven by a dual-core Atom processor, the device is brutally fast for what it is, and runs a host of services -- including the ability to serve as the core of a security system, bit torrent, iTunes, iSCSI initiation, file sharing with user management, and automated off-site backup. In the NAS ecosystem, where does it fit? Electronista got a hold of a 4TB unit, and ran it through its paces.
Joining the line are the two-drive px2-300d and four-drive ix4-300d
Drive vendor Iomega today unveiled the worldwide availability of the latest additions to its lineup of network storage solutions. The first is the new StorCenter px2-300d Network Storage, a high-performance, Intel Atom-powered, double-drive desktop NAS enclosure with up to 6TB of storage. Also announced was the StorCenter ix4-300d Network Storage, the next generation of Iomega¹s StorCenter ix series of easy-to-use four-drive desktop network storage appliances.
New network storage array to feature anti-virus, run applications
Storage solution provider Iomega announced a new flagship product today, the Iomega StorCenter px12-450r Network Storage array, a networked data storage system incorporating an Ivy Bridge processor from Intel. Iomega also announced the addition of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise to all Iomega StorCenter PX series products. Iomega's new storage option would appear to be the first non-computer product to feature an Ivy Bridge processor.
Storage device follows Apple design cues
Many of Iomega's Mac-oriented storage products merely ship pre-formatted for HFS+, but the new Mac Companion has been entirely designed with Apple's computers in mind. The housing is shaped to match the footprint of an iMac or Cinema/Thunderbolt display, while FireWire connections and a 2.1 Amp USB port complement Apple's computers and iOS devices. In our full review, we explore the Mac Companion's functionality as a storage device and connection hub.
500GB, 1TB options on sale
Storage maker Iomega says it has released an updated Mac Edition of the eGo Portable Hard Drive. 500GB and 1TB capacities are available, and each unit includes two FireWire 800 ports in addition to a USB 2.0 connection. HFS+ formatting is used, along with 256-bit AES encryption.
ViewSonic gives up on Boxee smart TV, for now
ViewSonic will no longer bring its planned smart TV running on Boxee's media center software, at least in the near term, the company told GigaOM. High costs and a lack of interest in the market were cited as the key factors. ViewSonic elaborated, stating consumers spent less on Smart TVs along with the slow-down in the economy.
Iomega intros Mac Companion Hard Drive
Iomega made an unusual contribution to external hard drives built for committed Apple fans. The Mac Companion Hard Drive both provides pre-formatted storage for the Mac itself but a high-power USB port for charging. The connector can work with most any USB device but is intended for iPad owners who either don't have a Mac with the extra-power USB or who already have their ports full.
Iomega ships ScreenPlay DX HD media players
Iomega on Tuesday introduced its new ScreenPlay DX HD connected media player range that replaces the old ScreenPlay Pro HD line. The devices can access Netflix, Pandora and other entertainment sites, as well as playback standard and HD movies locally or from a home network thanks to their DLNA certification. They connect to the web using a standard Wi-Fi connection, and a small, wireless QWERTY keyboard is bundled.
New NAS touts "Personal Cloud" features
While Iomega's Boxee hub and iPhone backup dock served as the primary focus of Iomega's CES introductions, the company also expanded its storage lineup with a new Home Media NAS. The latest drive offers many of the same features as its predecessors, with the addition of a new "Personal Cloud" system that links the storage device to users or other devices via the Internet.
Sony, Panasonic, Samsung among supporters
Rental outfit Netflix has announced a development effort that will see a Netflix One-Click button placed on remotes for Internet-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players. The button will offer direct access to the company's streaming service, bypassing other menu screens. Initial remotes with the button are expected in the spring.
Iomega outs TV with Boxee, SuperHero iPhone Dock
Iomega today brought out a pair of media devices stepping outside of its usual space. The Iomega TV with Boxee is the first dedicated Boxee device outside of D-Link's Boxee Box and tries to improve on the formula with permanent storage options: versions with 1TB and 2TB of storage are available to hold a personal collection. The hub can accordingly serve as a DLNA media server, not just a receiver.
Iomega outs External USB 3.0 SSD
Iomega threw itself into external solid-state drives today through the External SSD Flash Drive. The storage uses a 1.8-inch SSD that lets it occupy a very small footprint but still outperform a rotating hard drive: it claims peak read speeds of 191MB per second and peak writes of 130MB. The drive is accordingly outfitted with a USB 3.0 port that can handle the added speeds.
Iomega eGo drives now sport USB 3.0
Iomega will soon release upgraded eGo USB 3.0 portable hard drives. Sporting an interface that's about 10 times faster than the older USB 2.0 standard, the drives are rare as they won't cost any more than their older, slower counterparts. Each has AES 256-bit hardware encryption and can withstand seven-foot drops thanks to a bundled Power Grip Band and skip protection in the drives themselves.
Iomega teams up with Skin Industries on HDDs
Iomega on Monday released new portable drives with external designs from Skin Industries. The three available Skin Drives all have a 500GB capacity and are USB 2.0-powered. The drives carry Iomega's Drop Guard technology that can protect the drive and its data from damage from drops of up to 51 inches onto a relatively hard surface like an industrial carpet.
Iomega eGo gets speed and Mac updates
Iomega today revamped its eGo desktop and eGo portable drives to modernize their features. The desktop and portable drives both now have USB 3.0 versions that theoretically offer 10 times more bandwidth. These come in respective capacities of 500GB ($130) for the notebook drive and 1TB/2TB ($150/$230) for desktop models.
Nazomi says Kindle, Zune violate patents
California-based Nazomi late yesterday sued several tech firms, including Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia, for allegedly violating patents it owns on translating Java code to specific devices. Filed in a Los Angeles court, the lawsuit complains that the three main firms as well as Garmin, Iomega, Sling, Vizio and Western Digital all have devices that supposedly copy its techniques. These include the Kindle and Zune as well as less common devices like the Slingbox or Nokia's tablet computers.
v.Clone creates bootable PC image
Iomega has unveiled several new products, the focus being on the the ScreenPlay Director HD ($250) and the ScreenPlay TV Link Director ($130). Both units allow streaming 1080p video to a TV, in formats including AVCHD, DivX, H.264, WMV and MKV; CinemaNow and YouTube videos are also supported, along with DVD images. Photos can be streamed from Flickr, and some other options include Shoutcast radio, RSS feeds and podcasts. The Director HD differs only in including a 1TB hard drive, but is now up for pre-order.
Adds 1-touch backup, user replaceable drives
Iomega tonight launched a sweeping update to its StorCenter network-attached storage (NAS) hub. The company has added a host of new features both in hardware and software, including support for Bluetooth, Windows' Active Directory, improved energy savings, user replaceable drives, remote access and a one-button backup.
Iomega outs four-bay NAS
Iomega on Thursday announced the release of its quad-drive desktop Network Attached Storage device, StorCenter ix4-200d. It allows quick and easy setup, which is key in the target market, as it requires no supervision by decoted IT staff. The ix4-200d is available in 2TB, 4TB and 8TB capacities and comes with EMC's LifeLine software, which is fully compatible with Windows and Linux PCs as well as Macs.
Iomega adds eGo HD for mac
Iomega is targeting Mac users by adding a triple-interface model to its recently updated eGo line of portable hard drives. The eGo Portable Hard Drive For Mac is equipped with separate FireWire 400 and 800 ports as well as USB 2.0, and comes pre-formatted in the HFS+ file system. Mac-specific backup applications are also included.
Iomega eGo hard drives
Iomega has introduced the latest generation of eGo portable hard drives, with USB 2.0 support and capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB. The 2.5-inch drives are housed in an anodized aluminum shell measuring 16 mm thick. The company's Drop Guard system is claimed to protect against drops of up to 51 inches. Power is drawn from the USB port, while an included 'Y' cable connects to a second available port if additional current is needed.
Iomega intros NAS drives
Iomega on Thursday announced the launch of two StorCenter Pro ix4-100 network storage devices for small business or remote offices. Available in 2TB or 4TB capacities, the enterprise-class drives can support as many as 25 networked users and are based on EMC LifeLine software that is a Linux operating system and suite of applications to oversee the operation of the devices. The four-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives can be configured in RAID 5, RAID 10 or JBOD (just a bunch of disks) set-ups and have built-in UPS support.
Iomega Home Media NAS
Storage maker Iomega has announced the Home Media Network Hard Drive, a new external device shipping in the next few weeks. The drive is a form of network-attached storage, meant primarily for sharing music, photos and video between computers, TVs, and game consoles such as the Xbox 360. It connects to an existing router via gigabit Ethernet, and unlike similar devices, relies on a custom version of Linux to serve Mac and Linux computers as well as Windows-based ones. Users can stream media via iTunes, UPnP and DLNA formats.
Iomega adds eGo HDDs
Iomega on Tuesday announced two new models to its range of eGo Portable Hard Drives, including the ultra-secure Encrypt with hardware-based encryption for double data protection, and super rugged BlackBelt with Drop Guard Xtreme data protection. The eGo Encrypt uses the advanced 128-bit Advanced
Encryption Standard (AES) to protect its 320GB of content from unauthorized access.
Iomega ScreenPlay drives
Iomega on Wednesday announced it is launching a new addition to its multimedia drives, with the 1TB ScreenPlay Pro HD drive, meant to bring users' photos, music, standard- and high-definition videos from the computer to their home theater set-ups. The drive sports a 10/100 Ethernet connection for network access and includes a wireless remote that allows users to access their networked files without turning to a computer. Iomega has integrated a basic video recording capability from a connected set-top box into the new drive, letting users save a standard-definition clip directly to the drive.
Iomega StorCenter ix2
Iomega on Wednesday announced the worldwide availability of its StorCenter ix2 network attached storage device, available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. Apart from being able to serve as a backup device for network in the home and small offices, the StorCenter ix2 can act as a media server thanks to its support of Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and DLNA devices connected to the network. An iTunes server is integrated in the ix2 as well, which runs on EMC LifeLine software with a Linux-based kernel.
Iomega intros 320GB drive
Iomega on Wednesday announced it will soon release the external eGo Helium portable hard drive that is designed to match the styling of Apple’s MacBook Air. Iomega is showing off the 320GB capacity drive at the Apple Expo tradeshow in Paris this week. The tapered aluminum shell of the drive houses a 2.5-inch HDD which comes formatted with the HFS+ file system used by Mac OS X. At its thickest, the drive is just 0.63 inches high.
Iomega Screenplay TV Link
Iomega on Wednesday unveiled its newest product, the Screenplay TV Link, which allows users to play multimedia content stored on their USB hard disk or flash drives on their standard- or high-definition TVs. The small device connects to the storage media via a USB 2.0 connection, with video outputs that include HDMI, component and composite, as well as an SCART adapter for international applications. The device can also upscale video content to 720p and 1080i HD formats.
Iomega's 500GB DVR drive
Iomega today announced the release of its DVR Expander drive, made to work with TiVo and Scientific Atlanta DVRs and more than triple their TV program storage capacities. The 500GB DVR Expander interfaces via an eSATA connection, capable of 1.5GBps transfer speeds, and can hold up to 300 hours of standard-definition TV programming or 60 hours of high-def programs.
Iomegat 1TB eGo drive
Iomega this week launched a 1TB version of its external, stylish hard drive, crossing the threshold from gigabytes to terabytes once again. The new model in its eGo line of 3.5-inch single-drive hard drives ; Previous eGo hard drives had been available in capacities up to 320 GB, but the new model more than doubles that amount of space. Iomega claims the new capacity drive can hold up to 4 million photos, 18,500 hours of music or 1,500 hours of video. The eGo's USB 2.0 connection is compatible with all common Macs and PCs. The 1TB eGo, available in three colors, sells for about $255 on Iomega's site and ships with a USB cable, power adapter, and one-year warranty.
Iomega eGo HDD in Leather
Iomega today unveiled its newest portable hard disk drive, the 250GB Brown Leather eGo Hi-Speed USB 2.0, aimed at fashion-conscious buyers. The drive combines a 2.5-inch disk that endows it with a 250GB storage capacity and a burnished brown leather body. Carrying the compact drive around is made easier thanks to its USB 2.0-powered connection; only one cable is needed to transfer files to and from computers.
Iomega eGo Camo hard drive
Iomega on Wednesday announced a new addition to its eGo Portable Hard Drive line with the 250GB Camo eGo Hi-Speed USB 2.0 model. The camouflage-patterned drive contains a 250GB 2.5-inch HDD and is solely powered by the USB 2.0 connection. The notebook drive's tough looks are backed up by Iomega's DropGuard technology and Power Grip band that allows it to withstand drops from up to 60 inches.
Iomega's ScreenPlay Drive
Iomega on Wednesday announced the release of its portable ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive with a 500 GB capacity. The NTFS-formatted drive can be hooked up to a high definition TV via its HDMI or component video outputs, among others, to play HD content. Navigating the photos, music and video content on the drive is accomplished via an included remote control and on-screen interface.
Iomega Media Xporter Drive
Iomega on Thursday announced its newest addition, the Media Xporter Drive. The new drive is meant to work with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, as well as Apple computers and Windows-based PCs. The portable 160GB drive plugs into either game console via its USB 2.0 ports and streams media content without the need of a dedicated PC linked to either game console. Popular MP3, MPEG-4 and JPEG files are supported and downloadable software allows format conversions to Xbox 360 and PS3 compatible types.
Iomega 120GB REV at CeBIT
Iomega today announced the REV 120GB Backup Drive, as well as the accompanying disks, and it will show the offerings at CeBIT 2008 in Hanover, Germany. The third-generation offering adds to a current user base of over 350,000 drives, with over 2 million disks in circulation. The drive will be available with a USB 2.0 connection in April, while Iomega expects to release an ATAPI version later in the summer. Pricing was not immediately available.