Iomega Revs up for faster archiving
Iomega is bringing some jazz back to its lineup with the new
Working from the playbook of an earlier product, Rev
offers fast, relatively inexpensive storage in a sleek black package.
Functionally identical to a hard drive, Iomega's system consists of a
$60 sealed disk, containing the delicate heads, platter, and spindle
motor of a hard disk, and the balance of the components inside the Rev
drive itself. Because it is a hard drive, Iomega claims, Rev will be
faster than tape and behave almost transparently "as a standard
drive letter", and by offloading critical moving parts to removable
disks, the drive itself should be more reliable. Shipping with one Rev
disk, the internal ATAPI model carries a price tag of $380, and the
external USB 2.0 drive is a relative bargain at $400, with SCSI, SATA,
and FireWire incarnations to come.