Amid the tablets and smartphones and HDTVs on display at CES, storage giant Seagate has unveiled a pair of new portable hard drives that it hopes will bring attention to the less-sexy market segment.
It looks to address the bulk of many external drives with the new Sevenmm model (pictured above). The name refers to its svelte dimensions, as it's a mere 7 millimeters thick, thanks in part to its all-steel enclosure. (Seagate touts it as "the world's slimmest portable hard drive.") It also weighs a mere 0.2 pounds, and eschews a dedicated power supply, getting juice through its USB 3.0 connection.
The 500GB Seven includes a braided USB cable, which Seagate calls "premium," instead of a standard one. It comes with Seagate Dashboard software pre-loaded on the drive to provide automatic backup capabilities for computers as well as Android and iOS devices. Despite the high-end sheen the company is giving the Seven, it's hardly a bank-breaker, as it's now available to pre-order for $99.95.
Seagate hopes to deal with another mobile issue with its new Wireless drive. Load your files on the 500GB drive and it will use its own Wi-Fi signal to allow nearby devices to access the data -- no other network connection required. The company claims that the Wireless drive has a battery life of six hours, and it will let you stream files to up to three devices simultaneously using the Seagate Media app (already available for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices).
Unlike the Seven, this portable drive only uses USB 2.0, but also offers Wi-Fi connectivity to transfer files wirelessly from your devices. To spice things up a bit, the Wireless comes in five color choices: red, green, and blue in addition to the more traditional black and white. The blue version (shown above) is the only one not yet available for pre-order; the others can be purchased for $129.99 with an early February shipping date.