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Freecom's ToughDrive Sport External HDD, which was unveiled just a few months back, already had our attention, but now the company's aiming even higher by introducing a new product with a "world's first" label attached. The all new Mobile Drive XS is the world's smallest 3.5" external hard drive, and it sits well beside the Mobile Drive XXS, which is the world's smallest 2.5" external hard drive.


The fanless device weighs just 860g (1.89 pounds) and has been created in collaboration with Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz. We're told that it uses a a form-fitting rubber enclosure to help reduce vibration and improve grip on surfaces, and of course, it gets all the power it needs from a powered USB port. Furthermore, the Turbo USB 2.0 technology offers up transfer rates that are 30% faster than similar, non-Turbo drives. It's shipping now in Europe for €79 ($106) and €109 ($146) for a 500GB and 1TB model, respectively.


Freecom launches world's smallest 3.5 inch external hard drive

Sleek new Hard Drive XS offers storage and simplicity

Freecom, an award-winning manufacturer of external hard drives and portable storage devices, today launched the ‘Hard Drive XS’, an ultra-compact, 3.5” external hard drive which is designed to reliably expand users’ storage capacity without having to open up their computers. This latest addition to Freecom’s Hard Drive family is the world’s smallest 3.5” desktop hard drive and offers storage capacity of up to 1TB. This makes it perfect for both home users and professionals who want to back up their data or carry it on the move.

Designed in collaboration with acclaimed Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz, the sleek new Hard Drive XS is covered in a form-fitting rubber enclosure that ensures optimal grip and reduced vibration, combining functionality with refinement. The fanless system means the drive is almost silent and weighing in at just 860 grams, it is easy to transport and makes sharing data more convenient than ever. In addition, the Turbo USB 2.0 connection offers transfer speeds of up to 30 percent faster than competing solutions for downloading or uploading data.

As the big brother of the Freecom Mobile Drive XXS, which picked up both an iF product design award and a red dot design award ‘best of the best’ in 2009, the Hard Drive XS is the latest development in Freecom’s ongoing pursuit to make high quality storage more accessible and useable in any environment. By simply plugging the hard drive into a USB port on a computer, users can back up important data and store office work, digital photos, music and movies in one central location.

“With the explosion of Web 2.0 applications and new media – from digital photos and ‘home videos’ to downloaded music and TV programmes, computer users are running out of places to store their data,” said Axel Lucassen, co-founder and executive senior VP of product line management and marketing. “Whether at home or in the office, space is one of the things we value most. The compact and stylish design of the Hard Drive XS takes up less room in your bag and looks sleek on your desk, but also provides plenty of extra storage for your data”.

Pricing and availability

The Hard Drive XS is available immediately in Europe in 500GB and 1TB capacities. The recommended retail price is 79 EUR and 109 EUR respectively.

About Freecom

Freecom is one of the leading IT companies active in the storage and multimedia solutions market, with headquarters in Rijswijk (The Netherlands) and Berlin (Germany). Since its establishment 20 years ago, Freecom has focused on the development, production and sale of high-quality IT solutions for consumers and professional users. Freecom supplies external hard drives, multimedia solutions, NAS solutions, flash memory devices, DVD RW drives and systems for professional data storage. Freecom has branches in 11 European countries and works closely together with some 8,500 resellers and distributors.