No frills, sauciness, or eye-candy here. Instead, it is a hard drive that claims to hold enough raw speed to help you cruise to USB 3.0 readiness, supposedly to become a worldwide standard by 2012. It is XS 3.0, the world’s first USB 3.0 external hard drive announced by Freecom. The hard drive guarantees rapid transfer speeds thanks to its ‘SuperSpeed USB’ technology, and what you will see on the grounds as proof of that claim is currently the quoted 130MB/s speed. Freecom is expected to launch a USB 3.0 “controller” to allow users to take advantage of the USB 3.0 speeds on the XS 3.0, though they don’t promise that anytime soon.
To get into the specifics, the XS 3.0 is rather boringly clad in a black rubber enclosure and claims an almost silent operation as it is designed with a fanless cooling system. With looks that resemble pretty much a leather bound book, it weighs in at around 1.9 pounds. It is backward compatible with all USB 2.0 systems and sports AES 256 bit encryption standard. The pricing is quite reasonable too, with the 1TB drive priced at 119 Euro (about 5 US). Expect the numero uno to hit the market by mid November in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB sizes.