Other World Computing (OWC) and Newer Technology Inc. on Thursday introduced the miniStack, which is designed to sit under a Mac mini and provide a pair of FireWire and three USB 2.0 ports, along with optional extra hard drive storage. Also compatible with any Mac or PC that has a spare FireWire or USB port, the miniStack starts at US$99.95 without a hard drive and at $139.99 with an 80GB disk. 160GB, 200GB, 250GB and 400GB capacities are available for $179.99, $209.99, $229.99 and $389.99, respectively.
The miniStack features a smart power switch that turns on the device when the host computer boots up as well as a thermal regulator that increases or decreases fan speed based on the hard driveis temperature. It ships with Dantz Retrospect backup software.