SmartDisk Introduces FireLite XPress

SmartDisk Corporation today introduced FireLite XPress, a portable, palm-sized hard drive that includes a unique cholesteric liquid crystal display. The always-on display is readable without power, identifies the drive by a user-designated name, indicates the last date that information was recorded and provides a table of contents for the drive. The display provides excellent readability even in direct sunlight, allows for wide-angle viewing and exhibits high brightness and contrast.

SmartDisk FireLite drives are designed for users who require portable storage to backup critical data, transport and synchronize data between multiple computers, and want to free up valuable hard disk space on existing computers. FireLite drives are ideal for transferring large files between home and office, for storing hours of superior quality video or warehousing huge graphics files. Featuring metal casings for durability, FireLite drives are palm-sized and weigh about six ounces. All FireLite drives are "Mass Storage Class" peripherals, requiring no driver installation when used with operating systems like Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows XP and Windows Me. All FireLite drives, including the new XP ress, feature BounceBack Express backup software.

Available in June, FireLite XP ress can be purchased through retailers and distributors, as well as through the company's Web site at Suggested retail prices are: $199.99, 60GB; $299.99, 120GB.