Imation rolled out the Apollo Pro WX, the first external hard drive to be certified by USB Implementors' Forum (USB-IF) for wireless USB that will exchange files wirelessly with devices that include a four-port Wireless USB Docking Station from Kensington and XPS and Latitude laptop models from Dell.
The Apollo Pro WX is part of a family that also includes two external hard drives without wireless capabilities: the 3.5-inch Apollo Pro and 2.5-inch Apollo Expert. The WX will also ship with auto backup software for backup scheduling, restoration, and synchronization. Other capabilities will include a one-touch sync button, capacity gauge, data activity indicator, and external power supply. Unlike some other Apollo models, the WX will not include a FireWire or eSATA interface, according to a product spec sheet distributed at the Pepcom show.
Compatible with Windows and Mac, the new high-capacity drive is aimed at fast backup and storage of data, photos, music, and videos on home wireless networks, said officials of USB-IF and components supplier WiQuest.
Set for release in the fourth quarter, the three devices will be offered in storage capacities ranging from 250 GB to 1.5 TB, according to a written statement from Imation. Each drive will come with an integrated swivel stand allowing for either vertical or horizontal orientation.