The world of portable USB hard drives is getting tougher and smaller, and by the looks of things, sleeker. Verbatim has launched its InSight portable hard drive, a sophisticated looking number boasting a built in display that calculates and shows the amount of available free space, even when not connected to a computer.

The Windows and Mac compatible unit features an “Always-On” 32 x 128 pixel display that allows users to see the personalized name of the drive even when unplugged. The “elegant piano black finish” of the exterior holds capacities of 320GB or 500GB and weighs around 164g. The unit measures 6” x 3.4” and offers transfer rates of up to 480MB/sec.

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Incorporating data encryption and password controls, the 320GB and 500GB models are priced at approximately USD$120 and USD$150 respectively.

    Verbatim InSight in brief:
  • Rotational Speed - 5400 RPM
  • Display - 32 x 128 pixels “always on” display
  • External Power - USB bus-powered
  • Interface - One USB mini-B port
  • Data Transfer Rate - USB 2.0 High-Speed: 480 Mb/s (max), USB 1.1 Full Speed: 12 Mb/s (max)
  • Unit Dimensions - 5.99 in. X 3.37 in. X 0.63 in. (151.12 mm x 85.51 mm x 16.0 mm)
  • Unit Weight - 0.36 lb (161.59 g)
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