updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed July 18, 2007
miniXpress825 S hard disks
Trans International has released the miniXpress825 S, an upgrade to its basic 825 external hard drive. The S has not one but two FireWire 800 ports, with a bundled 6- to 9-pin cable allowing FireWire 400 connections. The focus however is on the eSATA port, which allows speeds of up to 150MB per second on compatible systems. The same cable for eSATA also shares a USB 2.0 link, making the S portable to virtually any computer a person might use. An 2.5-inch enclosure without a hard disk costs $99; including a disk costs anywhere between $139 for 100GB to $349 for a 200GB, 7200rpm model.