Now that USB 3.0 has started making its way into mainstream consumer electronics devices such as notebooks and certain media players, it is only expected that peripherals utilizing the new high-speed interface will eventually start popping up all over the market. And from the looks of it, Planex is no exception in the migration to USB 3.0, for the company has just announced the availability of two new external HDDs which make use of the aforementioned interface; the PL-35STU3-25RZ and PL-35STU3-2VZ.
Planex has announced the availability of two new USB 3.0-capable external hard disks in Japan, the the PL-35STU3-25RZ and PL-35STU3-2VZ. According to Planex, the new external hard disks are designed to be used with a variety of devices such as audio-visual equipment and PCs, where the faster read/write speeds they offer over USB 2.0 will be great assets to users.
The Planex PL-35STU3-25RZ can be used with a variety of devices such as PCs, television sets and even game consoles such as the Sony PlayStation 3, where it can be used as a program recorder of sorts, or simply as a typical storage device. In addition, the PL-35STU3-25RZ features an array of LED indicators on its front which provides users with a means of gauging approximately how much space is left in the internal 2.5TB hard disk.
As a bonus, Planex has also confirmed that the PL-35STU3-25RZ is compatible with OS X's Time Machine backup utility, while it can also be used as a typical external storage device on versions of OS X dating back to 10.4 for both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
The Planex PL-35STU3-25RZ is currently available for sale in Japan at the price of 15,000 yen excluding tax, or approximately US$195.
Essentially a more 'basic' version of the aforementioned PL-35STU3-25RZ, the Planex PL-35STU3-2VZ external HDD sports similar features to it, such as support for USB 3.0 and Time Machine compatibility. However, it lacks the LED indicator array that is present on the PL-35STU3-25RZ, and features a hard disk with a capcity of 2.0TB as opposed to the PL-35STU3-25RZ's 2.5TB.
Full specifications for the Planex PL-35STU3-2VZ external HDD are as follow:
The Planex PL-35STU3-2VZ is currently available for sale in Japan at the price of 10,000 yen excluding tax, or approximately US$130.