Iomega has announced its latest external hard drive for Mac users today. Named the Mac Companion, the drives are available with either 2 or 3 terabytes of storage at 7,200 rpm and start at $195. But what’s great about this baby is it fits beautifully under your iMac and will also charge your iOS devices while you work.
In addition to that speedy 7,200 rpm hard drive, the Mac Companion connects to your computer via FireWire 800 to keep things nice and snappy, though you can hook it up via USB 2.0 as well if you’re lacking a FireWire port. The 2TB drive sports a price tag of $195, but for an additional $100 Iomega will throw in another terabyte, with its 3TB model at $295.
You may think the Mac Companion is a little pricey for a drive at those sizes, but it’s not too bad when you compare it to other FireWire 800 alternatives. Also, the Mac Companion also doubles as a hub for your other USB and FireWire connected devices.
It features two USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire 800 ports in the back, in addition to a high-powered 2.1 Amp USB charger on the side that will charge your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Iomega will even provide some cables to get you going, with one FireWire 800 cable, one FireWire 400-800 conversion cable, and one USB 2.0 cable thrown in as standard.
Then there’s the software: The Mac Companion also comes with Iomega’s QuikProtect software for simple, scheduled file backup; 2GB of free MozyHome online backup storage; and a free 12-month subscription to the Trend Smart Surfing protection for online shoppers.
The Mac Companion is designed to integrate beautifully with your Mac, sporting a svelte aluminum shell that’s shaped perfectly to sit on your iMac’s stand. There are even four LED lights on the front that indicate how much storage you have remaining.