usb 3.0

  • Brando gets comfy with USB 3.0

    Brando gets comfy with USB 3.0

    USB 3.0 is no longer for richy-rich chumps. The low-cost crapgadget standard, Brando, has its own line of USB 3.0 gadgets now: a 4-port hub and a USB 3.0 to dual SATA cable. Times are good, my friends. Read More

  • Via Labs is showing off its 4-port USB 3.0 host controller at Computex

    Via Labs is showing off its 4-port USB 3.0 host controller at Computex

    Via first showed off its USB 3.0 host controller at CES 2010 and it just broke cover at Computex. The VL800 series chip can handle four USB 3.0 devices simultaneously while providing data rates up to 5Gbps. Via aims to put this single chip solution into desktops, notebooks, servers, and everything else on God’s green earth. Read More

  • LaCie's Rugged line of external HDDs just got USB 3.0'd

    LaCie's Rugged line of external HDDs just got USB 3.0'd


    Few people even have USB 3.0 ports on their PCs at the moment, but that shouldn’t stop peripheral-makers from preparing for the demand. Let’s be honest: as cool as Light Peak sounds, it’s really not going to sucker-punch USB 3.0, which is already well on its way to being a standard. So I’m perfectly happy to report that LaCie is upgrading its Rugged line of hard drives… Read More

  • Transcend StoreJet 25D3 does the USB 3.0 dance

    Transcend StoreJet 25D3 does the USB 3.0 dance

    USB 3.0 might not hit mass consumption until 2011, but that isn’t stopping companies from outing USB 3.0 drives and accessories left and right. Transcend just announced the 500GB StoreJet 25D3 drive that boosts not only the faster interface, but a host of other features that sets this one apart from the few other drives on the market. Read More

  • USB 3.0 adoption could be slowed because of lack of demand

    USB 3.0 adoption could be slowed because of lack of demand

    Willing to spend $300+ on a fancy motherboard just so you can get USB 3.0 support? Yeah, that might not be such a good idea, if only because Intel is in no hurry to integrate the spec into its chipsets. That means companies have to go out of their way to offer USB 3.0 on their systems. The odds of seeing USB 3.0 on a cheap-o netbook, then, are pretty much non-existent. Read More

  • The PQI H566 USB 3.0 external hard drive is a looker

    The PQI H566 USB 3.0 external hard drive is a looker

    PQI was one of the first companies to out a USB 3.0 flash drive back in 2009 and it’s back again with a 2.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive. You should know the drill by now. Nearly all of these hard drives are the same. The H566 comes either in 320GB, 500GB, or 640GB flavors and utilizes USB 3.0 to transfer files at speeds that max out at 5.0Gbps while providing backwards… Read More

  • The Century USB 3.0 2.5-inch HDD enclosure lets you test USB 3.0's water

    The Century USB 3.0 2.5-inch HDD enclosure lets you test USB 3.0's water

    USB 3.0 hard drives are little on the expensive side right now. But there’s a new option in town that will let you give the faster interface a-go with a spare hard drive. Read More

  • Asus adding USB 3.0 to entire PC line

    Asus adding USB 3.0 to entire PC line

    USB 3.0 is quickly on the road to becoming a standard issue item and Asus is helping it along in a big way. The computer manufacturer just announced that its adding the faster interface to every PC computer it makes. Yup, that includes Eee netbooks and the Eee box. Read More

  • Gigabyte: 1 million USB 3.0 motherboards served

    Gigabyte: 1 million USB 3.0 motherboards served

    Gigabyte’s USB 3.0-capable motherboards have gone platinum, as they say in the record biz. Gigabyte announced that it has shipped 1 million USB 3.0 motherboards, giving them 1/3 of the overall USB 3.0 market share worldwide. This is a landmark number to be reached, and a signifier of Gigabyte’s rising stock with aficionados. Besides, who would be caught dead using USB 2.0? Read More

  • Buffalo boards the USB 3.0 train with the MiniStation Cobalt

    Buffalo boards the USB 3.0 train with the MiniStation Cobalt

    The Western Digital MyBook 3.0 and Seagate BlackArmor PS110 have company. No longer are those two hard drives tasked with holding up USB 3.0’s banner because the Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt is launching in April and is ready to help along the cause. Read More

  • Super Talent SuperCrypt flash drive is both super with USB 3.0 and cryptic with 256-bit encryption

    Super Talent SuperCrypt flash drive is both super with USB 3.0 and cryptic with 256-bit encryption

    This is more like it. After seeing Corsair out a USB 2.0 flash drive yesterday, it kind of cast some doubt on the viability of USB 3.0. But Super Talent is here to restore our faith in the standard with the SuperCrypt flash drive. Yay! Read More

  • The Apogee Astro Drive Series A101 from Chaintech is apparently the world's smallest USB 3.0 drive

    The Apogee Astro Drive Series A101 from Chaintech is apparently the world's smallest USB 3.0 drive

    USB 3.0 is finally getting some traction in the market place as more products are announced from more manufacturers. Chaintech just intro’d its first USB 3.0 drive and slapped the notorious “world’s smallest” label on it, which is probably true although a bit disingenuous as there’s only about three USB 3.0 flash drives available right now. Read More

  • Japan gets slew of new USB 3.0 external HDDs

    Japan gets slew of new USB 3.0 external HDDs

    Computer equipment maker Buffalo is pretty bullish about USB 3.0. The company today announced a total of five new USB 3.0 HDDs for the Japanese market, namely two “compact models” [JP] (81×130×16mm) and three bigger (45×175×156mm) devices [JP]. The HD-PEU3-BK (pictured above), the compact type, will be available in a version that holds 500 GB (price: $200) and another one… Read More

  • Belkin launches pricey USB 3.0 products

    Belkin launches pricey USB 3.0 products

    In an age when standard USB 2.0 cables can be purchased for next to nothing, the $40 price tag on Belkin’s 4-foot USB 3.0 cable ought to be enough to keep most of us out of the early adopter demographic for a while. Read More

  • World's first 4-port USB 3.0 hub is here

    World's first 4-port USB 3.0 hub is here

    USB 3.0 is poised to become mainstream soon, and more and more compatible devices have been cropping up in the last few months. Today computer equipment maker Buffalo in Japan has announced [JP] what it claims to be the world’s first 4-port USB 3.0. This comes five weeks after VIA (based out of Taiwan) has unveiled the first USB 3.0 hub controller in the industry. Read More

  • USB 3.0-compatible PCI Express interface card

    USB 3.0-compatible PCI Express interface card

    USB 3.0 is just around the corner, with us having reported about more and more compatible devices in the last few months. And today, Tokyo-based Greenhouse, usually a reliable maker of crap gadgets, announced [JP] a USB 3.0-compatible PCI Express interface card. Read More

  • eSATA is faster than USB 3.0 — at least right now

    eSATA is faster than USB 3.0 — at least right now

    Most hardware manufacturers are finally rolling out USB 3.0 devices. We’ve seen motherboards, hubs, hard drives, and notebooks all rocking the new and improved USB standard. It’s clearly the future of USB with backwards compatibility, dramatically faster speeds and full-duplex data transfers. That’s great, but it’s still not faster than eSATA right now. Read More

  • Apple may or may not be testing USB 3.0 controllers

    Apple may or may not be testing USB 3.0 controllers

    USB 3.0 is the future and, well, Apple likes to be on the edge of technology so it only makes sense that the company would be at least looking into implementing the new interface sometime real soon. After all HP is already shipping USB 3.0 in its Envy 15 series and that can’t sit right with Apple fanboys. But all we know right now comes from a Digitimes report that basically states… Read More

  • Review: Western Digital My Book 3.0

    Review: Western Digital My Book 3.0


    We looked at the 500GB USB 3.0 Seagate BlackArmor PS110 a few days back and now the Western Digital My Book 3.0 drive is on the bench. There are some important differences and similarities between the two USB 3.0 options. First, while the PS110 is a portable solution and the My Book 3.0 is a desktop external, both drives spin at 7200 RPM. They also both come with USB 3.0 ports, with the… Read More

  • Review: Seagate's USB 3.0 BlackArmor PS110 portable hard drive kit

    Review: Seagate's USB 3.0 BlackArmor PS110 portable hard drive kit

    The future is here, everyone. Let’s check out the just-announced Seagate BlackArmor PS110 Performance kit. It’s Seagate’s first USB 3.0 product and it’s noice — where noice is slang for nice, and for the sole fact that it’s the first USB 3.0 drive I’ve tested. I’m a little excited. Read More