External hard drives are a dime a dozen today. If one were eco-friendly almost to the point of being extreme, would that make a difference in your shopping habits? That is what Fabrik is about to find out with the launch of its SimpleTech [re]Drive, priced around $200.
So what makes the [re]Drive so eco-friendly beyond the usual energy efficiency, etc? Fabrik has gone and made this product from materials considered green, designing it using recyclable aluminum and bamboo. The end result is that this drive actually looks pretty cool. Beyond the earth friendly construction, the [re]Drive also reportedly has packaging made from recyclable materials and is Energy Star Level 4 qualified. This can offer up to 30% greater power savings over non Energy Star drives, says Fabrik.
This drive also powers on and off with the computer and makes uses of the aluminum enclosure like a heat sink to cool the interior. There are other eco-friendly factors, but you get the general idea. And, for the specs people in the crowd, the [re]Drive offers 500GB of storage capacity (a bit smaller than the “eco-friendly” Kanguru) and uses an enhanced USB 2.0 interface for faster data transfer speeds. It also comes with its own backup software.
written by Jessie Carty, July 29, 2008
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