Iomega unveils Mac external hard drive with USB hub

Iomega unveils first external desktop hard drive that comes with an USB port to charge Apple mobile devices.

The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is the first external hard drive for Macs that also offers an USB hub to help the computer host and sync with other USB devices.
The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is the first external hard drive for Macs that also offers an USB hub to help the computer host and sync with other USB devices. Iomega

Your iMac is running out of peripheral ports, and you still want to add an external hard drive and a few other devices to it? Iomega has something for you.

The company introduced today its first external hard drive, called Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive, that also comes with two USB ports that you can plug your iOS-based devices into to charge and sync with the Mac. The ports can also be used with other USB devices, such as printers or other external storage devices.

Basically, the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is an external desktop hard drive that also incorporates a two-port USB hub. The drive itself connects to a computer via another USB 2.0 port or one of its two Firewire 800 ports. It doesn't feature USB 3.0, however, mostly because Macs generally don't support this faster USB standards.

The new external hard drive is reformatted in HFS+ to work with a Mac out of the box. Iomega says it's designed to fit perfectly on the base of the iMac or an Apple LCD. It also features a storage gauge via four little LED lights, each represents about 20 percent of its capacity.

The new Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is available now at Apple retail stores in 2TB or 3TB capacities that are estimated to cost $195 and $295, respectively.

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