After making a brief appearance at CES 2011 back in January, Tuesday Seagate announced that it has shipped the world's slimmest portable external hard drive, the GoFlex Slim. Measuring nearly the same thickness as a standard #2 pencil (0.35-inches), the 2.5-inch drive offers a USB 3.0 connection and 320 GB of storage for just $99.99 USD.
"At an ultra-sleek 9mm--38 percent leaner than the current GoFlex ultra-portable drives--the new GoFlex Slim drive is roughly the width of a pencil," Seagate said on Tuesday. "Sliding effortlessly into a pocket, purse or messenger bag, the GoFlex Slim portable drive enables transport, access and enjoyment of personal digital content from anywhere, making it the perfect complement to today’s mobile lifestyle."
The drive arrives with support for both PC and Mac. However, a separate Mac OS X edition will also be available for $99.00 USD. This version will be HFS+ formatted out-of-the-box, making it fully compatible with Apple Time Machine. The GoFlex Slim for Mac OS X will also feature a durable, soft-touch, metallic finish to match Apple's slick product line.
On the technical front, Seagate didn't offer much in details save for a 7200RPM spin and compatibility with USB 2.0 ports. It comes packed with the Seagate Dashboard management tool for easy management of backups and file encryption, a pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac, a GoFlex USB 3.0 interface adapter and an 18-inch USB 3.0 cable.
In addition to Seagate's online store, consumers can pick up this super-portable HDD at retailers like Best Buy, Staples, Walmart and additional online retails including Newegg and TigerDirect.