When your Mac is your constant companion, it’s nice to have something made specifically for it. Yes, even an external hard drive. Iomega’s Mac Companion Hard Drive is made specifically for Apple products--the USB port on its left side is intended for charging and syncing your iOS device. Fancy, right? Maybe even fancy enough to charge a premium.
One of the most essential tools in a Mac user’s arsenal is an external drive for backing up all that irreplaceable data, and the space wars are hard-fought battles, with manufacturers trying to deliver the best drives with the most features for the lowest price. Western Digital’s My Passport Studio and Iomega’s Helium are both worthy contenders, but in this battle for speedy data transfers there can only be one winner.
Mom always says that living with your head in the clouds often leads to unrealistic expectations. But when it comes to data, living in the clouds is perfectly acceptable -- desirable even. After all, it’s a trivial matter to store gigabytes of files on third-party servers for access wherever you can get a network connection. But what if you want to store all of that data on your own turf? And what if you’d rather avoid the complexities of setting up remote network access? Both the Buffalo CloudStor and Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition aim to solve these issues -- with varying degrees of success.
We’re big fans of companies actually giving their products names instead of alphanumeric gibberish—have you ever gone into a store and asked a salesperson for “the new WTF7331-74X?” Exactly. But, when you name your product the SuperHero, you’re putting yourself in the same league (Justice League?) as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and, to a lesser extent, Aquaman. It’s fitting, then, that the Iomega SuperHero is positioned to save the day if tragedy ever strikes your precious iPhone…but like all superheroes, it must struggle with its own weaknesses.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are often expensive and tough to set up. While centralized, always-on network storage is a huge win, collecting everything from all your various USB drives to stash on a NAS can be a royal pain. Fortunately, the storage masters at Iomega have come up with a user-friendly solution that will appeal to both networking geeks and newcomers: the iConnect Wireless Data Station, a simple device that allows you to attach up to four USB storage devices and then access them via your home network.
No matter how big the hard drives in our Macs get, there’s still never enough storage. And while flash drives are handy, there are plenty of occasions when we need way more space for data--whether it’s carting around an entire issue’s worth of InDesign files or transferring our collection of ’90s alt-rock MP3s from home to our office machine.
Network-attached storage is right up there with smooth jazz on the list
of things that we try to avoid thinking too much about. But hooking up
a NAS box to your home network is one of the coolest and most useful
things you can do if you’ve got more than one computer in the house.