Silicon Power has announced a new entry in its line of external hard drives: the Diamond D01. It joins the company's current Diamond D05 and Diamond D10 drives which sport a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. However this new model is only USB 2.0 compatible, presumably making it somewhat cheaper than its older brothers. It's also as small as a smartphone, weighing only 0.32408 pounds.
"Coated in metallic black, SP Diamond D01 is lined with multiple geometric patterns, creating a sense of metropolitan chic style," the company said. "With the solid aluminum metal structure and the anti-scratch surface, SP D01 can make you free from worrying about your hard drive being scratched or dented when carrying it around."
According to the spec list, the drive features an LED that indicates power on and data transmissions. It also sports a scratch resistant surface, a power-saving sleep mode, and capacities of 500 GB, 750 GB, and 1 TB. It also comes with the SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back up and security tools.
"Compared to other portable hard drives, SP Diamond D01 is literally light in weight as well as in size, making it easier to carry. However, smaller size doesn’t have to mean smaller storage," the company said, adding that the overall HDD size is 2.97 x 4.62 x .55 inches. It also comes with a 2-year warranty, and gets power through the USB 2.0 interface (no external power adapter needed).
The Silicon Power website lists the Armor A70, Armor A50 and Armor A10 drives as compatible with USB 2.0 and later. For consumers with USB 3.0 ports, Silicon Power offers the Armor A80, the Stream S20 and S10, and the Diamond D05 and D10. The Diamond series seems focused on pattern-based aesthetics whereas the Stream is streamlined, contoured and highly colorful. The Armor series is the most visually bland of the bunch.
So far pricing and actual availability for the new D01 external drive is unknown, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: A USB 3.0 version is "coming soon."
Why would you care if it gets scratched? I would like to see something someone carries around that can easily dent a hdd...