Other World Computing (OWC) announced Thursday the release of OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro SSD external hard drives. These drives use the company's portable Mercury On-The-Go form factors with a triple interface (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0), but substitute the traditional hard drive with a high-performance Solid State Drive.
SSD drives are made from solid state memory -- like RAM or CompactFlash -- and have no moving parts. They offer higher performance and increased reliability over traditional platter-based hard drives. Apple first began offering them in the MacBook Air in 2008.
According to the company, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro SSD have a higher shock resistance than traditional external drives, and offer a 28% greater temperature operating range (operating: 0°C - 70°C (32°F - 158°F) & non-operating: -40°C - 85°C (-40°F - 185°F)). They also offer substantially larger caches than normal external drives at 64MB.
Lastly, like the rest of the Mercury On-The-Go line, the Pro version is bus-powered.
The devices are currently offered in three sizes:
- 64GB with 64MB cache, FireWire 800/400 & USB 2.0 interfaces $279.99 MSRP
- 128GB with 64MB cache, FireWire 800/400 & USB 2.0 interfaces $449.99 MSRP
- 256GB with 64MB cache, FireWire 800/400 & USB 2.0 interfaces $729.99MSRP
Mercury On-The-Go Pro SSD