Verbatim announces new USB hard drives with displays

verbatim_300dpi_insight_hd_webreadyVerbatim announced today that they are releasing a new line of USB external hard drives. Now wait, before you scroll on to the next story, take a look at this thing. It’s got a fairly sexy design, and a new feature that sets it apart from all the other external hard drive enclosures out there: a built-in display.

Available in the typical 320GB and 500GB sizes, these drives are small at 6″x3.4″, and weigh a feather-light 6 ounces. The “InSight” also has a 32×138 pixel display on it, which provides you information even if the drive is off. It can tell you the remaining capacity, or whatever name you’ve given to the drive.

From the press release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the announcement today of its new InSight(TM) Portable USB Hard Drives, Verbatim(R) Americas, LLC, the world’s leader in storage media technology, takes hard drive design to a new dimension. The sleek, durable enclosure is enhanced with a premium piano black finish that will appeal to professional as well as home users. Additionally, the InSight Portable Hard Drive features an Always On display, which automatically calculates and continuously displays the customizable drive name and available free space, even when the drive is disconnected from the computer. Shipping now, the palm-sized external hard drive will enable Windows(R) and Mac(R) users to instantly add 320GB or 500GB of stylish, removable capacity to their notebook or desktop systems.

“The new enclosure design for InSight Portable Hard Drives adds a touch of elegance to the external hard drive product category,” says Charles Klinker, Verbatim’s Director of Marketing, HDD Products. “Users have the option to personalize their drive’s name, e.g., TUNES&PICS, which, along with the free space, shows on the 32 x 128-pixel display even when the drive is unplugged from the user’s computer. The ability to quickly glance at several drives and identify the one that has pictures of the kids, your music collection or video library, for example, adds a level of convenience not previously available in portable hard drives.”

Both 320GB and 500GB-capacity drives include Nero BackItUp Essentials, a complete data protection solution, allowing full, automatic system backup and restore functions. Easy-to-use, the software guides the user to set up scheduled backups by date and/or time. Nero BackItUp Essentials also features data encryption with password control options, providing data security and peace of mind when traveling or storing the drive.