The new 1.8-inch drives utilise solid state technology to deliver greater performance, while the USB 3.0 featre should help increase speed further. They will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.
The drives also feature 256-bit hardware encryption to protect against data leaks and come bundled with the Iomega Protection Suite anti-virus software to ensure added security. They can also withstand drops from up 10 feet, preventing potentially costly data loss if they are knocked over.
Iomega is boasting these drives as having superior speeds to many others on the market. The USB 3.0 interface allows up to 10 times faster speeds than USB 2.0 drives, while the SSD technology will give twice the speed as a standard 7200 RPM SATA hard drive with USB 3.0.
The drives will be available in early November with prices varying depending on capacity. The 64GB model will have a suggested retail price of $299, the 128GB should sell for $399, and the 256GB is significantly costlier at $749.
All models come with a standard three year warranty from Iomega after registration.