|Performance And Storage – The OWC Mercury On-The-Go (500GB)
By Matt Ryan
Original Article Link: http://uprogressivesoftware.blogspot.com/2009/01/performance-and-storage-owc-mercury-on.html
External storage units are becoming smaller - physically - while much larger internally. Simply put, to get the attention of consumers, manufacturers must create small, pristine, casings over ample storage capacity. OWC has done exactly this with their new Mercury On-The-Go (500GB) storage unit.
The Mercury On-The-Go 500GB, 5400RPM offers consumers a variety of high-speed connectivity ports, all easy to get to on the back of the unit. These ports include a USB 2.0 port, FireWire 400 port, and FireWire 800 port, although there is no sizable difference in transfer rates between the FireWire 400 and FireWire 800. The speed at which this unit performs read/write functions is astonishing, and by far, above that of many comparable units.
These ports, both FireWire ports and the USB port, allow consumers to connect - immediately - with any plug-n-play device that also allows for FireWire and USB connectivity. This functionality is beyond useful for those who need to transfer (for backup purposes) their files from these devices from wherever they are located.
The Mercury On-The-Go can by be used by just about anyone, as long as you have a computer with either an Apple or a Windows operating system. The device is delivered unformatted giving you the ability to format the drive as you see fit. The one and only downfall to the formatting is that you cannot format the drive as FAT32 meaning you will not be able to use the drive on both an Apple and Windows machine.In the box, you will get an AC adapter and necessary cables along with backup software. The backup software provided is compatible with either Apple or Windows operating systems as you will receive both NovaStore NovaBackup and Prosoft Data Backup. An additional benefit is the Intech Hard Disk SpeedTools software, which also comes with the Mercury On-The-Go storage device.
On the back of the device, where the USB and FireWire connections are, is also where the power switch is located making it simple to power down for travel and down time. Additionally, power consumption is low with this unit. Typically, enough power is supplied to the device through the USB or FireWire connections (USB 2.0 not USB 1.1).
The overall appearance of the Mercury On-The-Go 500GB unit is actually clear. This clear casing allows you to see the blinking blue light on the hard drive which is an indicator that the unit is on and working. Because of this design feature, there was no need for OWC to add additional LED lights anywhere else on the device.Even though this unit measures 5.5 x 3 x 1 inch, it is still compact and easy to travel with. It is not nearly as compact as many other external drives, but it works. If you look at the fact that the Mercury On-The-Go offers one of the largest storage capacities, on the market, it should be no surprise that the device is not smaller than competitors’ devices.
Consumers can also take advantage of a total of three years worth of warranty on the Mercury On-The-Go with a 1-year warranty on the device itself and a 2-year warranty on the TravelStar5K500.The sticker price is nowhere near as compact as the unit at an average of $359.99 per unit. This is a bit higher than many other external drives; however, many are not even in the same ballpark as the Mercury On-The-Go because of the available storage capacity and its read/write speeds. If you aren’t concerned about functionality, cheaper is the way to go, if you want the top of the line, the Mercury On-The-Go 500GB is the right choice.
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