Leather Sleevecases For MacBook And Air, EZ Upgrade Hard Drive Migration, New OWC External Drives
Friday, May 16 2008 @ 10:17 AM ET | Article Link
iSobre Hand Made Leather Sleevecases For MacBook Air and MacBook
Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air back in January, using a standard manila envelope, which the Air can fit inside, as a stage prop. It was an excellent illustration if the Air's sliver-thin form factor.
A Spanish company, iSobre, has adapted the envelope theme for its new line of leather sleeve cases, which not only accommodate the MacBook Air, but also the MacBook, which shares a similar footprint with the Air, but is somewhat thicker in section.
iSobre's 100% hand made leather sleeves have a smooth, practical, sleek, but tastefully minimalist and understated design that makes them as special as your Apple 'Book.
The iSobre sleeve cases are available in two different leather finishes, both exactly the same otherwise in design and dimensions.
Both the "Student" and the "Executive" iSobre sleeves are made of high quality leather, with the Student sleeve in a suede finish made out of pigskin, while the Executive sleeve has a softly tanned finish of cowhide leather.
Personally, I'm partial to the softness and tactile feel of pigskin, but it's nice to have a choice.
Both sleeves are handmade to a similar standard of finish, but, the pigskin Student Sleeve is slightly cheaper, since the tanning process for the cowhide Executive sleeve takes longer, thus increasing the price.
Both sleeves can accommodate either a MacBook or a MacBook Air - dimensions being more or less 345 x 220 x 25 mm
The iSobre is made in Cadiz, (South of Spain in the Andalusian Region).
High quality pigskin suede with a velvet effect finish.
High quality full-grain cowhide leather with a soft tanning finish.
Shipping will be made through FEDEX and calculated automatically within Paypal.
Shipping charges are:
Europe: 15 euro
USA and Canada: 20 euro
Rest of the World: 30 euro
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Apricorn Releases EZ Upgrade Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit with Dual SATA/PATA Interface
Apricorn has released a dual interface version of its popular EZ Upgrade Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit, a solution that facilitates the transfer data from an old PATA/IDE or SATA notebook hard drive to a new hard drive in three easy steps.
Compatible with both PC and Mac notebooks and featuring a high quality metal enclosure, the EZ Upgrade's dual SATA/PATA interface connects with any 9.5mm (the most common size configuration) PATA/IDE or SATA notebook hard drive. Slide the easy-open switch to release the hard drive tray, attach your notebook hard drive to the appropriate SATA or PATA connector, slide the tray closed and connect to your computer's USB port. Once connected the EZ Upgrade enables you to transfer your OS, settings, applications and all of your data to your new drive using Apricorn's Upgrade Suite, which features Apricorn's EZ Gig II cloning and imaging software for Windows and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! for Mac.
To use EZ Upgrade, connect the hardware; run the cloning software; and install the new hard drive into the notebook (this latter which involves widely variant degrees of difficulty depending on the computer model, ranging in Macs from dirt-simple with the MacBook, pretty easy with a PowerBook G3 Series machine, considerably more challenging with a MacBook Pro or metal PowerBook 15" or 17", and daunting with the 12" PowerBook). After the upgrade is complete, the pulled older drive can be re-used in the EZ Upgrade enclosure as a portable Hi-Speed USB 2.0 backup hard drive.
The EZ Upgrade Notebook Upgrade Kit includes: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure (USB 1.1 compatible), USB cable and Apricorn's Upgrade Suite containing cloning software for PC and Mac.
Mac system requirements:
CD-ROM Drive, Apple G3 or later notebook, 64 MB RAM, available powered USB port
Supported Operating Systems:
Mac OS 9.2 or later & Mac OS X 10.2 or later
The unit is bus Powered from some systems, but an optional AC Adapter sold separately if required (likely with MacBooks and later PowerBooks).
Apricorn's EZ Upgrade sells for $49, and is currently available online at www.apricorn.com or through a network of resellers throughout the US and Canada.
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OWC Announces Lowest-cost Mercury On-the-go FireWire + USB 2.0 Portable Storage Drives
Other World Computing announced yesterday their lowest cost line of OWC Mercury On-The-Go FireWire + USB 2.0 storage drives yet, with 500GB capacity priced at $329. The new line of OWC Mercury On-The-Go high-performance FireWire 400 + USB 2.0 drives are fully bus powered with no additional external power or secondary powering cable required.
Immediately available and priced starting at $95.99, the Mercury On-The-Go portable drive is a palm-sized performer with a huge capacity up to 500GB that fits in a shirt pocket. The latest drive units are interfaced with OWC's custom bridge solution featuring the acclaimed Oxford chipset.
Pricing for OWC Mercury On-the-Go FireWire + USB 2.0 models:
40GB 5400RPM $ 95.99
80GB 5400RPM $109.99
120GB 5400RPM $119.99
160GB 5400RPM $129.99
250GB 5400RPM $157.99
320GB 5400RPM $179.99 **NEW**
500GB 5400RPM $329.99 **NEW**
100GB 7200RPM $139.99 **NEW**
200GB 7200RPM $189.99 **NEW**
OWC Mercury On-The-Go portable drives are compatible with virtually all computers with an available FireWire or USB port, including all Macs and PCs. They also work with all FireWire and USB gadgets, including digital cameras, camcorders, and other gear, for an instant on-the-go portable storage solution to quickly and safely store all your digital photos and video while on the road.
With the Mercury On-The-Go, you can back-up your entire workstation computer and bring it with you everywhere you go. For easy backup, the drive also includes the full retail software versions of the latest Prosoft DataBackup III for OS X (and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows). Mercury On-The-Go is "Time Machine" ready for backing up files with Leopard's new automated backup feature.
Mercury On-The-Go portable drives ship with a carrying case; cables for all interfaces supported by Mercury On-the-Go models; Prosoft DataRescue III for OS X; and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows. All portable drives are covered by a one-year warranty and are compatible with Apple OS Versions 8.5 through 9.2.x; Apple OS X 10.0.3 and higher (including the latest OS 10.5.x); and Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, and Vista.
Special OWC Exclusive Hitachi Rebate is available now and through May 23rd on all OWC Mercury On-The-Go 200GB 7200RPM Models. Save an additional $30 per unit on up to 5 drives on qualifying purchases. Qualifying models and more information online:
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