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 Transcend 1.8" Portable Hard Disk - Preamble
 Date  : May 28th, 2004
 Category  : Storage
 Manufacturer   : Transcend
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh
We truly live in the information age. Virtually everyone has quite a bit of data that they need on the go, be it music, videos or business-related data. Inline with market demand, manufacturers of portable storage devices have been downsizing... their products that is. Among the options currently available are the ubiquitous USB flash drives and either 5.25", 3.5" or 2.5" external cases that can house anything from a CD-R/RW to a desktop or laptop hard drive.

USB flash drives, while small and fast (at least those compliant with Hi-Speed USB), have a higher cost per MB than other competing technologies. Moreover, they have a relatively small maximum capacity, typically 256MB or 512MB. External cases are generally bulky (requiring an external power brick) and more easily damaged due to the sensitive nature of optical and magnetic drives. An exception can be made for 2.5" cases, which are far slimmer, lighter and can be powered directly from the host port. However, these will still occupy your entire shirt pocket and really jiggle around.

Enter Transcend, which has just announced its 1.8" Portable Hard Disk in late April. It has a flagship capacity of 40GB and a 20GB version is also available. A savings of 0.7" is actually quite a bit more significant that it sounds on paper; as the trite but true saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words." Now that we've (hopefully) perked your interest, let's get more acquainted with the 20GB portable hard disk.

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