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Seagate USB 3.0 Upgrade Kit Speeds Data Transfers Threefold

Can’t wait to get the faster, theoretical 4.8 Gbps data transfer speeds in your laptop promised by USB 3.0? Seagate is happy to help get you there with the BlackArmor PS 110 Upgrade Kit. The $179.99 package includes a portable Seagate USB drive with 500 GB of storage with included data backup software for Windows computers. A certified USB 3.0 cable tags along as does a unique way to “upgrade” your laptop to USB 3.0. The company estimates the actual throughput to be three times faster than a USB 2.0 solution.

Since we can’t all just rip open our notebooks and swap out USB interfaces, Seagate’s upgrade kit provides a PC Card adapter with a USB 3.0 port. That means this solution is fairly limited since only laptops with PC Card slots can take advantage of it, but if you’ve got one, this upgrade kit will work as advertised. I’d call this one for the early adapter crowd, but ironically I’d estimate that most early adopters have moved beyond PC Card slots by now.

3 Responses to “Seagate USB 3.0 Upgrade Kit Speeds Data Transfers Threefold”

  1. I’m sure I’ve read elsewhere that the bandwidth from Express Cards is less than the bandwidth for USB3 which makes this sort of kit a little pointless.

    I did a quick search of Wkipedia and found the theoretical bandwidth for Express Cards is 2.5 Gbit/s and for USB3 it is 3.2 Gbit/s.

  2. In the ASUS press event yesterday they shared the intent to have a USB 3.0 capable notebook to market shortly. Hopefully it will be just a short while before we start seeing many notebooks using this new standard.

    ASUS also make the interesting claim that USB 3.0 makes it possible to rapidly charge phones due to the higher power handling.