Release roundup: USB 3.0 and tiny speakers


— 6:00 AM on November 5, 2010

In this week's look at miscellaneous press releases and product launches, we have some USB 3.0 news from Super Talent and LaCie, plus word about new audio products from Scythe:

  • Super Talent introduces USB 3.0 flash drive at less than $15. We've covered the arrival of several USB 3.0 drives from Super Talent in the past, but the new, 8GB USB 3.0 Express Duo might be the most exciting yet. Despite its $14 price tag, the drive features a USB 3.0 interface and a top rated transfer speed of 67MB/s. Super Talent is offering a 16GB model for $29, too. Considering both drives will work happily in USB 2.0 ports at slower speeds, they seem like pretty solid bargains—plain, eight-gig USB 2.0 drives are barely any cheaper than the 8GB Express Duo.

  • Scythe announces new all-aluminum Monitor Speakers. You might know Scythe better as a maker of coolers, fans, and drive enclosures, but the Japanese firm has other tricks up its sleeve. Earlier this week, Scythe announced a set of tiny, aluminum-enclosed stereo speakers and a matching "Class D" amplifier. The Kro Craft Mini speakers cost $65, are rated for 20W of output, and measure a diminutive 4.3" x 4.8" x 4.1". The Kama Bay amp will set you back $53 and can fit in a 3.5" drive bay.

At $14 a piece, I'm almost tempted to grab one of those USB 3.0 thumb drives for myself. I think adding USB 3.0 ports to my desktop PC will have to take precedence, though.

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