LaCie started the rugged portable storage genre, and it's now a product category with several makes and models. Does the originator still lead this category or has the competition eclipsed its best efforts?
The My Book Pro is WD's fastest external storage product to date. This one scales up to 12 TB of capacity, but it doesn't come cheap.
Western Digital has built some very shiny new external hard drives, which will complement several Ultrabook designs.
Armed with a Sandy Bridge-based Celeron CPU, QNAP's TS-470 handles the traffic from four gigabit Ethernet connections. Or, with the addition of a 10 GbE upgrade card, it can be made to push well over 1 GB/s, providing you use the right storage.
Are you looking for an entry-level NAS system and don't have the spare parts to roll your own? Buffalo's LinkStation 420 uses a fairly basic platform, and we have a few critiques, but it's otherwise a simple and affordable storage solution for the home.
Would you like a device capable of functioning as USB-based storage, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an archive for your media, a streaming server, and a rechargeable battery? The six devices in this round-up are versatile, including a combination of those features.