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Other World Computing  Launches Early Release of 160-Gigabyte Unrivaled Pocket-size Portable Storage Device Creating Advance Buzz for Macworld Expo

Months before expectations, OWC launches a newly engineered Mercury On-The-Go FireWire/USB2 portable storage solution achieving the highest capacities and fastest speeds available.

SAN FRANCISCO (January 9, 2006) – Six days prior to the2006 Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Other World Computing (OWC) gave an advanced preview of the highest capacity, fastest speed portable storage solution on the market, offering the newly engineered Mercury On-The-Go Pro Series 800/400+USB2 in an under 12-ounce design with an unparallel 160 Gigabyte storage capacity and running speed of 5,400 revolutions per minute (RPM).

OWC was scheduled to introduce the unmatched 2.5-inch, 160GB drive in early second quarter 2006 but instead shocked the technology industry by previewing the design prior to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 5, 2006, with the unit’s official premier and immediate availability to the public at the Macworld Conference and Expo beginning January 10, 2006.

“Other World Computing is dedicated to always striving to exceed consumer expectations by providing innovative solutions for today’s technology users that are faster, more powerful, more reliable and more affordably priced than those available anywhere else,” stated CEO Larry O’Connor.

The Mercury On-The-Go features both FireWire 800/400 and USB2 ports, making it compatible with any Apple or PC with an available FireWire or USB port.  The new 2006 On-The-Go Pro series adds FireWire 800 capability to double the potential performance power of the previous incarnation of the On-The-Go line, already recognized by technology authorities including MacAddict, Macworld and Maximum PC for industry-leading value and performance.

All Mercury On-The-Go drives come with two FireWire 800/400 and one USB 2.0/1.1 ports and ships with carrying case, FireWire 400 cable, FireWire 800 cable, USB cable, EMC/Dantz Retrospect and Intech Speed Tools. They also are covered by a one-year warranty and officially supported by Dantz Retrospect with the EMC/Dantz Retrospect Backup Certification.

On-The-Go plug-and-play drives are compatible with all Apple OS Versions 8.5 through 9.2.x; Apple OS X 10.0.3 and higher (including OS X 'Tiger' 10.4.x); Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP;  and any OS or electronic device with FireWire and/or USB data ports, including digital video and still cameras.

The On-The-Go line features drives with 40- to 160GB of storage space running 4200-, 5400- or 7200RPM starting at $129.99. The full line can be viewed at www.macsales.com/otg. All of OWC’s award-winning optical and fixed storage solutions can be found at www.macsales.com/firewire.

About Other World Computing
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the Macintosh universe since 1988. The Illinois-based company operates the popular Macsales.com Web site, which features one of the largest online catalogs of enhancement products; including OWC’s own Mercury acceleration and FireWire product lines. OWC is an Apple Certified Developer and provides extensive technical support for Macintosh users around the world. The company also owns and operates FasterMac.net, a national Internet Service Provider designed specifically for Macintosh users, as well as OWC.Net, an ISP that provides Internet access, design and hosting solutions in the greater Chicago area. Other World Computing ranks as the largest technology services employer in McHenry County according to the McHenry County Business Journal.
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Bill Herring
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