The Store ’n’ Go ($174, www.verbatim.com) is a handy, bus-powered 500GB external drive that can connect to your Mac with FireWire 800 and super-speedy USB 3, and it’s back-compatible to USB 2 as well. Plus, Verbatim includes all the cables, and it comes preformatted for your Mac. Just tear open the packaging and start hard-drivin’--if you win our contest.
Apple was slow to adopt USB 3, but now that it’s here, Verbatim’s Store ’n’ Go USB 3.0/FireWire 800 for Mac lets you harness the faster USB 3 transfers, while also packing FireWire 800 and backward compatibility for USB 2.
Someday we’ll magically enjoy all our media whenever we want, wherever we want—and without compromises. That day will probably also involve puppies riding rainbows. But until that dream comes true, we’ll play our music and movies over cloud-based services or hardware like Verbatim’s MediaShare network drive. It streams files to local computers and game consoles, exports photo albums to social media sites, backs up your Macs with Time Machine, shares connected printers, and—wait, there’s more!—lets you access your files over the internet from computers and iOS devices. Despite this Swiss Army streamer’s strengths, we were disappointed by its cumbersome setup and the need to maintain a subscription to use MediaShare’s most powerful features.
Who else is getting tired of portable drives that are enclosed in the kind of bland black or silver case that just begs to be hidden? If you’re reaching for some sky, Verbatim’s slick InSight is a USB drive you’ll enjoy having on your desk. Its lovely piano-like finish and curvy lines are just plain classy, and at 5.99x3.37x 0.66 inches and 5.8 ounces, it’s very slim and light.
It wasn’t that long ago that we burned files onto CD-Rs and were amazed
by their gargantuan 702MB of storage. But even they seem antiquated
now--we routinely carry around several gigabytes of data in our pockets
on USB flash drives. Verbatim’s new line of Tough–’n’-Tiny drives takes
flash drives to the next level of shrunkeness, reducing them to a speck
of plastic and embedded electronics that seems barely big enough to fit
into a USB port.
Flash drives are easy to use and lose, potentially making your personal
files anybody’s business. Verbatim tackles this problem with the Store
’n’ Go, a USB flash drive with password protection. But the drive’s
security may be too inflexible for some users, and its software has