OWC Announces Do-It-Yourself (DIY) SSD Kits with Industry\'s Fastest SSDs to 480GB

Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today the OWC Do-It-Yourself (DIY) SSD Storage Upgrade Kit priced starting at $109.99 MSRP. Available in fourteen configurations with capacities up to 480GB, the OWC DIY SSD Kits let you upgrade your Mac or Windows laptop to the industry’s fastest solid state drives (SSDs) available on the market today.

The OWC DIY SSD Kits Feature:
Industry’s fastest SSD — OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive (up to 480GB) provides performance up to 47X faster than factory hard drive.
· OWC brand USB 3.0, FireWire and/or USB 2.0 bus powered 2.5” portable external enclosure to re-use the replaced internal hard disk drive.
· All supported interface cables for transferring data from the old internal drive to the new SSD, plus helpful data transfer instructions at: http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/tech_tips/sparedrive.cfm
Five piece installation tool kit with everything needed to complete the installation.
Free how-to online videos at www.macsales.com/installvideos.

Save up to 40% Versus Buying Separately – Save Money & Environment By Retasking ‘Old’ Drive as New Portable Drive

With the OWC DIY SSD Storage Upgrade Kit, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and PC laptop users can make their computers faster than new with incredible SSD performance by upgrading their computer’s internal hard drive with the industry’s fastest SSDs from OWC. They can then continue to use their ‘old’ drive by installing it into the provided OWC enclosure for a ‘new’ pocket-sized portable external drive, saving money and the environment by re-using their ‘old’ hard drive instead of throwing a perfectly good drive into a landfill or just letting the drive sit idle and unused. By purchasing the OWC DIY SSD Kit, customers will also save up to 40% versus buying all the included components separately.

Instantly Transforms Macs and PCs with Faster than New Performance
The OWC DIY SSD Storage Upgrade Kit instantly transforms Macs and PCs, allowing them to boot in seconds, load apps and files nearly instantaneously, and dramatically improve overall system responsiveness thanks to the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD included in each kit. The OWC SSD helps users supercharge their machine so older machines can perform faster than new models and new machines can achieve previously un-reached performance levels. To learn more about the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, including performance benchmark testing results, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce/Solid_State_Pro

“OWC DIY SSD Kits are the most cost effective and comprehensive solutions available for getting the most performance from MacBooks, MacBook Pros, Mac minis, and PC notebooks,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “With all of the included tools and helpful resources plus the external enclosure for reusing the existing internal drive, these kits have become extremely popular with consumers.”

Availability & Pricing
The OWC DIY SSD Storage Upgrade Kits are available immediately from OWC priced starting at $109.99 MSRP from: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/2.5-Notebook/SATA/DIY and are compatible with Mac or PC laptop and Mac mini internal drives, Apple OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, all versions of Apple OS X, and Windows 98SE or later operating systems. Select kits include a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle. For bundle details, visit http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/solutions/software_bundle/



Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, the award-winning leading provider of Mac® and PC performance upgrades, storage drives and accessories, announced today that Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special Deals of up to 90% off will be available starting tomorrow, Wed., November 24 at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/specials/, including discounts on the most popular OWC Blu-ray drives, USB Docking Solutions, Memory Upgrades, SSDs, DIY Hard Drive Kits, Video Display Adapters, iPhone/iPad cases, and much more. In addition, free shipping will be available on all orders over $145, with shipping as low as $1.95 for smaller orders and an instant OWC savings of up to $50 when customers select to pay by Amazon at checkout (in addition to Amazon’s savings of up to $40 when signing up for a Chase Amazon card).

Some of the OWC Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials Include:

· iPhone/iPad/iPod: 90% off of select NewerTech protective cases & accessories.

· Memory: $99 for 8GB Memory upgrade kits (previously $119.99).

· SSD: Savings on OWC Sandforce Equipped Solid State Drive – up to 240GB from $89.00!

· DIY Kits: Up to 20% off select “DIY” Hard Drive Kits for laptops.

· Video Display Adapters: Up to 20% off USB to HD Video Display Adapters.

· Blu-ray Drives: From only $79 to add Blu-Ray + DVDRW/CDRW capabilities (for computers).

· USB Docking: Up to 50% off retail for NewerTech USB Docking solutions (2.0/eSATA, USB 3.0, and USB2/eSATA/FireWire 800).

· 802.11n Wireless Router/Access Points: special from $19.99

· 802.11g/n Wireless Adapters: from $9.99 (Mac or PC Wireless)

· And more. See http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/specials/ for full list of specials.

OWC Free Tech Support is 100% U.S.-Based

OWC provides world-renowned helpful, responsive tech support, with 24/7 Chat and free 100% U.S.-based phone tech support at 800-275-4576 from 8 AM to 10:30 PM CST Monday – Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday, in addition to email tech support, free Online Instructional Videos are available at www.macsales.com/installvideos, and How-To Guides.

“In addition to being known for the award-winning quality and value of our Mac and PC products, from memory, storage, and accessories, OWC is legendary for our exemplary customer service and tech support that provides a great all-around customer service experience, avoiding holiday season stress,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder & CEO, Other World Computing.

The OWC Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials will begin Wed., November 24th with info available at that time at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/specials/. OWC offers many payment options, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, and Amazon. For more info, see www.macsales.com.



Thursday, October 7, 2010

OWC Developing PCIe SSD To Utilize New SandForce Processor

Other World Computing (OWC®) announced today it has begun developing OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) Solutions that will feature the SandForce® SF-2000 second generation processor announced today and being demonstrated by SandForce at Storage Networking World next week. OWC’s 8x and 16x PCIe SSD cards will be available with up to eight SSDs for capacities up to 3.2TB, offer up to 4GB/s sequential Reads/Writes and up to 480K IOPS, provide 28% over provisioning for data reliability, and double data encryption for security assurance. Exact pricing and model configurations for the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards will be announced in early 2011.

Highest Performance For Demanding Enterprise Applications
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards will be an ideal solution for I/O intensive enterprise servers, storage arrays, and high-end workstations in the financial, telecom, web/mail, gaming, public security, retail, and professional media creation/editing industries. With robust Native Command Queuing to enable up to 32 concurrent operations, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards will deliver significantly higher Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS) and throughput performance – up to 480K IOPS – than other SSD technology on the market today, as well as dramatically outperform traditional hard disk drive solutions.

Faster Writes To Keep Pace With Reads
Because it’s critical to have balanced read and write speeds to provide highest enterprise class system performance, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards maximize the throughput of PCIe 2.0 technology bandwidth so write speeds can achieve the highest level of read speeds up to 4GB/s. Also, by utilizing the second generation SandForce SF-2000 series processor with non-512B sector support, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards will maintain high performance in SAS environments.

Built In Hardware RAID Engine
Whether users are seeking the pure speed of RAID 0, or the protection of redundancy via RAID 5 or 10, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe SSD cards will use an advanced on-board RAID engine to offer the convenience of optional RAID levels. And while advanced TRIM is fully supported, the DuraClass advanced internal data and wear leveling management technology reduces the need for it, thereby eliminating TRIM set up and maintenance issues in RAID environments.

Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Unlike traditional hard disk drives, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards will have no moving parts, resulting in a quieter, cooler running, and lower power consuming storage solution. Now the same server workload can be handled in a more cost efficient manner over a longer usage period, thereby reducing TCO.

Field Upgradable For Future Expansion
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) cards utilize interchangeable drive modules in place of permanent, surface-mounted NAND to allow customers to upgrade their card in the field and maximize their initial investment.

Continued Use Of Proven DuraClass Technology
While offering a variety of new features over its existing award-winning consumer class Mercury Extreme Pro line (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce), the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe SSD cards will continue to utilize SandForce DuraClass™ technology. The ultra-efficient block management & wear leveling built into every OWC SSD has been proven to prevent write speed degradation commonly experienced by other SSD brands. Along with consistent, reliable speed, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe SSD cards will provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives. By combining best in class Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCIe SSD cards will provide RAID like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity.

“Utilizing SandForce processors in our SSDs keeps us steadfast in our 22 year commitment to developing products that offer the highest performance available,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “We’re very excited to be among the first SSD manufacturers that will feature this next generation of processors designed specifically for uncompromised enterprise use.”

“We are pleased Other World Computing, as one of our Trusted SSD Manufacturers, is expanding their product line to add the leading edge enterprise class performance our newest processor family offers,” said Kent Smith, Senior Director of Product Marketing at SandForce. “OWC brings a proven and well regarded reputation of leveraging the exceptional performance and reliability of SandForce technology to market.”



Mercury Extreme Pro 40GB SSD  SandForce Processor

Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today a new 40GB model to its award-winning OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD™ line as the most affordable high performance SandForce® Processor based Solid State Drive on the market. Designed and made in the U.S. from imported parts, the new OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 40GB SSD’s special introductory pricing of $99.99 makes it the lowest priced SSD on the market to offer three key high performance features:

Industry leading sustained Read AND Write speeds over 260MB/s (with peak speeds up to 285MB/s).
Best in class error correction (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ redundancy with 7% over provisioning.
SandForce DuraClass™ technology with ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling for long term durability.
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line, which has won Editor’s choice awards and review comments like “Eye popping speed with consistent performance over time”, “Best write speeds we’ve seen”, and “The fastest SSD to hit our test bench yet” from leading performance testing sites like Tweaktown, Hot Hardware, MacPerformanceGuide, Maximum PC, Storage Review and Benchmark Reviews, is available for immediate ordering in nine configurations from 40GB to 480GB starting at $99.99. All models are Macintosh® and PC compatible and install easily into notebooks, as well as into desktops/towers with an OWC Multi-Mount adapter kit sold separately.

For more information on the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line, including Reseller inquiries, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce For more information on the OWC Multi-Mount drive adapter kit useful for securely installing smaller form factor (2.5″ & 3.5″) hard drives and SSDs into larger sized (3.5″ & 5.25″) drive bays in Apple Mac Pro, Apple PowerMac, PC desktop, and PC tower computers, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/multimount/multimount.html

Doesn’t Slow Down With Use Like Ordinary SSDs
Ordinary SSDs offer fast read/write performance during first initial uses, but then experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. Independent simulation tests by leading drive performance experts (http://macperformanceguide.com/SSD-RealWorld.html) confirm the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD’s ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long term usage of the drive and without dependency on less than effective OS TRIM management.

Longer Notebook Battery Runtime
Because the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD uses as little as 1/3 the power compared to the most power efficient 2.5″ hard drives and up to 1/2 less power than other leading brand SSDs without any performance sacrifice, notebook users can now maximize their “unplugged” mobile use time while desktop/tower users can enjoy the benefits of a more energy efficient system.

Video Highlights Performance Gains
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD models are an ideal way for typical Mac or PC desktop and/or notebook computer users to dramatically increase the performance of their existing machine. In several side-by-side comparison tests (http://eshop.macsales.com/Video/SSD/Performance_Test) the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD was able to boot the OS and load six apps up to four times faster than the factory stock configuration. And even older machines equipped with an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD saw an up to 2.5 times faster performance gain over newer machines with faster processors and more RAM.

“Throughout this revolutionary product’s evolution, it has scored numerous industry achievements,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “From being initially announced as the fastest SSD on the market, to offering the highest capacity found in a SandForce-based SSD, to now offering the most affordable high performance model available on the market, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line continues to make headlines for all the right reasons.”



iMac 2010 27\

Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today its new OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid 2010 Apple iMac 27″ to address the high demand for increasing iMac performance while overcoming the highly difficult upgrade level an iMac presents to an end user. The program enables new iMac 27″ owners to custom configure and have OWC professionally install the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac, an award winning OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive up to 480GB, a larger capacity hard drive up to 2TB, and/or OWC Memory Upgrades up to 16GB. The new professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at $169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s renowned warranty coverage.

OWC will begin taking orders for its Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid 2010 Apple iMac 27″ beginning on Tuesday, August 3. For complete program details, including options, pricing, and answers to commonly asked questions regarding the program, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac_2010_27

OWC Options Create A Better Than Factory Built iMac
Owners of the new iMac 27″ can experience the following benefits from the OWC Upgrade Program and enjoy a superior performing iMac than what is available direct from the factory:

First Ever eSATA Interface Option Offered For An iMac
OWC has custom engineered the first ever solution to provide an external eSATA port on an Apple iMac computer. With fast data transfer rates up to 300MB/s, iMac 27″ users can now enjoy data backups and transfers at up to 3X faster than the factory stock interfaces. The $169.00 service includes an OWC Flexible eSATA cable for Plug and Play use with any external storage solution equipped with a standard eSATA port and return shipping of the eSATA enhanced iMac.
Bigger, Faster, More Reliable Solid State Drive
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD can be installed in capacities up to 480GB, up to a full 87% greater capacity than the single factory 256GB SSD option, and offer read/write speeds in excess of 270MB/s…up to 40% faster than the factory and/or other currently available SSDs. While many SSDs experience significant performance degradation over time, this is not the case with the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD. By employing advanced block management and over-provisioning, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD provides the ultimate in reliability and long-term high performance.
More ‘Main Bay’ Storage Configuration Options
New iMac 27″ owners requiring more storage capacity that the factory stock 1TB drive can have OWC replace the stock drive with hard drives up to 2TB in capacity and with manufacturer warranties up to five years. Or, instead of a traditional hard drive, OWC can add a second SSD to the main drive bay for a SSD RAID configuration.
Additional & Lower Cost Memory Options Than Factory
New iMac owners seeking to expand memory configuration up to 16GB will find can save up to 45% compared to same size factory installed upgrades.

Program Offers Comprehensive Convenience And Confidence
Having offered award-winning products and services to Mac owners worldwide for over 21 years, OWC drew upon its experience to create a comprehensive and convenient program. Now iMac 27″ owners can confidently customize their iMac 27″ to their own unique specifications and experience less hassle and downtime than using any other upgrade service, assured by an OWC 1-year limited warranty on upgrade service and installed products.

“We are quite pleased to record another innovation in the Mac industry by offering the first eSATA interface for an iMac,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “By offering this performance enhancement along with faster, bigger, and better options for memory and storage, an OWC upgraded iMac truly will be the best performing iMac a user can own.”



OWC Extreme SSD

Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today its award-winning OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD™ line has begun shipping in the largest capacity model available of any SandForce-based processor SSD on the market – up to 480GB – by being the first SSD on the market to use the new SandForce SF 1232 processor which is optimized for the higher flash density required by these capacity leading drives.

The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line, which has won class leading performance awards and reviews from Tweaktown, Hot Hardware, MacPerformanceGuide, BareFeats, and Benchmark Reviews, is available for immediate ordering in eight configurations from 50GB to 480GB starting at $194.99. All models are Macintosh® and PC compatible and install easily into notebooks, as well as into desktops/towers with an OWC Multi-Mount adapter kit sold separately.

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro with 7% over provisioning and three year warranty. Ideal for demanding portable and desktop/tower ‘prosumer’ users:

60GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD $194.99
120GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD $349.99
240GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD $669.99
480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD $1,599.99
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE with enterprise level 28% over provisioning and five year warranty. Ideal for multi-drive, high-performance RAID array users:

50GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD $219.99
100GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD $379.99
200GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD $699.99
400GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD $1,679.99
Risk-Free 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

To ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and confidence, OWC is offering a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee on its 50GB to 240GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD models. This program, unmatched by any other SSD brand manufacturer, is valid for a user purchase of up to two OWC Mercury Extreme Pro or Pro RE SSD units. For more information on this program, the complete OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line, or to order, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce

For more information on the OWC Multi-Mount drive adapter kit useful for securely installing smaller form factor (2.5″ & 3.5″) hard drives and SSDs into larger sized (3.5″ & 5.25″) drive bays in Mac Pro and PC tower computers, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/multimount/multimount.html

“We’re quite pleased to be the first SSD maker to commence regular shipping of the largest capacity, performance leading SandForce-based processor SSD on the market,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “Now with models from 50GB to the new 480GB, our high performance Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs are available with capacity and price points for every type of Mac and PC user.”



Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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Green is a funny thing. Some hate it due to heavy regulation – we Californian’s see a lot of this for example – while some embrace it in hopes of improving life and the environment. Even the oppressed can’t deny that there are some fantastic green solutions that really do make the latter happen and I was privileged to witness such a place first hand in a town just about an hour from Chicago recently.

Other World Computing (OWC), located in Woodstock, Illinois, has a vision to be part of the solution and not the rhetoric with CEO Larry O’Connor at the helm of this grand scheme. All one has to do is ask O’Connor about the work OWC has done and he immediately brightens up with excitement like a kid on Christmas morning. You can feel O’Connor’s zeal for this stuff as he rapidly fires off statistic after statistic giving one much to digest. This is a guy that just doesn’t say going green is better, he gives you reason why it is better. OWCs hallmark in the “why” is a a towering wind turbine just behind the building. O’Connor’s primary reason for installing the wind turbine was Return on Investment (ROI). At a total of $1.25 million 100% self-funded install cost, OWC should recover total cost within 10 to 14 years. That number could become smaller as energy costs climb noting that the Chicago market for energy has risen 24.3% since 1999.

The beauty of the wind turbine is how well it works for so little. As I walked from my rented white Cadillac CTS4 to OWCs entrance, I noticed only a mild breeze on my face which was more than enough to turn the blades on the turbine to the left of me. In fact, it will power the entire OWC campus at just between 10 – 15 MPH. The blades will turn to make adjustments for faster wind and can handle up to 150 MPH! If things get too extreme, the blades then turn in to become “flat” and thus preventing any spin. The blade house can rotate 360 degrees allowing the turbine to find the best wind to spin in.

At 131 feet tall, the wind turbine has become somewhat of a landmark for the town of Woodstock. O’Connor told me while touring the facility that school busses have come loaded up with children to just drive by to see it. In fact, the demand to know more about the turbine has caused OWC to set up an information booth just up the road from its entrance at its coffee shop.

The Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine is projected to churn an estimated 1,250,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of power per year. That’s nearly twice as much as OWC needs. Other World Computing isn’t just an office with cubes but is the headquarters that includes a call center, warehouse and shipping, and a datacenter that runs macsales.com and OWC.net / FasterMac.net. That’s a lot of power folks!

OWC didn’t just put in a “windmill” and call it green. From your first step out of your vehicle to the sidewalk, you’ll immediately notice something different. Instead of paving the parking lot with oil like every other place you’ve ever driven your car on, OWCs lot looks a bit like a cobble stoned streets of Old Europe. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice gaps between each stone purposely placed to allow for water drainage. These holes allow rain water to quickly place itself back into the environment without the need to install a sewage system. Grant Dahlke, OWCs Marketing, PR, and Social Media Manager, recounted when the fire department had tested the drain-off that no matter how much water was pumped into the lot, water just would not collect long enough to even create a large puddle. “It just drained,” Dahlke said with a smile. Viewing the video shows how a small bottle of water is no match for this incredible system. Rain water is not the only H20 that OWC is working with. All the water in the building is filtered and treated internally removing the need to ship in bottle water for the employees.

Now, not to get gross or be accused of TMI here, but even the fluids that leave OWC are treated with a green conscious. The toilets in the mens bathroom do not require flushing which saves nearly 40,000 gallons from being flushed. The Sloan Waterfree urinal is just one more example of how OWC has taken this green thing to the next level. (Take a look at the toilet and the sign above it.)

To heat and cool the facility, OWC goes 200 plus feet underground behind its building with pipes fed with coolant. This Geo-thermal setup brings the fluid to between 47 and 54 degrees all year long saving on natural gas for heating and electricity for air conditioning. This makes OWC a true zero emissions facility which has captured the attention of Illinois governor to NBC News. But most importantly, it also has garnered OWC Platinum LEED Certification. LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, started in 1998, with 14,000 LEED projects awarded OWC Platinum level which is one less than 500 to have such an award hanging on its lobby wall.

OWC is well known for its amazing hardware and accessories and has been a leader in Mac accessories for over 20 years and now it is leading the way, once again, into a new realm for technology companies. Hopefully not just tech houses see the value in what O’Connor and his company has succeeded at doing and join OWC into the future of clean, reliable, and self-sufficient energy.



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Other World Computing (OWC(r)) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac(r) and PC technology company, announced today its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini(tm) is the first 2.5″ 1TB “Quad Interface” bus powered portable storage solution on the market and available for immediate ordering with 10 models priced from $119.99. Featuring a “Quad Interface” of FireWire(r) 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface connectivity for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s, the fanless Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini delivers high performance storage/backup to Mac or PC users in a portable, brushed aluminum, no AC adapter required Plug and Play footprint.

In addition to the new 1TB model, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini is available in nine other “Quad Interface” models offering a variety of speed, capacity, and drive type options:

5200/5400RPM
250GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $119.99
320GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $129.99
500GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $154.99
640GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $189.00
1.0TB 5200RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $299.99

7200RPM
320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $144.99
500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $189.99

Solid State Drive featuring the OWC Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD
50GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $299.99
100GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $469.99
200GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $849.99

All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1TB model, are available for immediate ordering from Other World Computing at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB and are compatible with Apple OS 8.6 and later including the latest 10.6 “Snow Leopard”; and Windows 98SE or later operating systems; and come ready for Plug and Play ease of use with all supported interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and an industry leading three year complete solution warranty.

For more information on the complete OWC Storage Solution line, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

Portable & Bus Powered For Mobile Lifestyles
Measuring a compact 3.8″ W x 5.5″ L x 1.1″ H, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini offers storage capacity up to 1TB – enough space for up to 1,000,000 JPEG photos, 500 DVD movies, 76 hours of digital video, or 350,000 MP3 songs – in its fanless, aircraft grade brushed aluminum enclosure. Because it’s bus-powered, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini doesn’t require an AC adapter, which makes it ideal for in-the-field business professionals, creative/entertainment professionals, students, and anyone else needing to back up data, transport large files between computers, gain additional storage capacity, and even perform video editing and live music recording.

Built For Performance & Flexibility
Designed to emulate the award winning history of the larger desktop sized Mercury Elite-AL Pro, the new Elite-AL Pro mini portable storage solution features the fastest 2.5″ SATA hard drive mechanisms up to 7200RPM as well as OWC’s Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD for demanding A/V, digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine ready storage needs. With two FireWire 800 ports, users can “daisy chain” multiple devices, connect legacy FireWire 400 devices via the included 800 to 400 connecting cable, and can even utilize the fastest data transfer interface, eSATA, while bus powering via FireWire. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini can also be used with storage capable digital cameras and camcorders with FireWire and/or USB data ports for fast, on-location backups of images and video.

“We’re very pleased to have our renowned Mercury storage line achieve another industry first,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “With the highest capacity and most interfaces in a portable design, our ‘mini’ delivers massive, professional grade data storage/backup to the modern mobile computing society.”



Sunday, February 28, 2010

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Here comes some fighting words from Other World Computing. It claims that all those other SSD drives are wimps when compared to the new Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD. Here’s what OWC told us…

It’s the fastest and most reliable SSD on the market today and eclipses even the best enterprise class conventional hard drive available.

• Fastest sustained read and write times (over 260MB/s) of any SATA SSD available today.
• DuraClass technology with Ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling offers highest endurance, performance, and power efficiency in a SATA SSD.
• SandForce™ Processor maximizes read and write performance to greatly extend the endurance and overall reliability of the drive.
• Up to 100X greater data protection than what the highest rated enterprise class conventional hard disk drive (HDD) provides.
• Best in class error correction (ECC) and RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology provides RAID like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity.
• Intelligent “recycling” for advanced free space management
• 8.5x longer use hours than any other name brand SSD
• Highly secure…all data automatically stored in AES-128 encrypted format.

We had some fun taping a “shootout”:
http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=ssd-speed-test-feb-10.html

And some early testers have been having a lot of fun with the SSD as well:
OWC Mercury Extreme RAID-ready Enterprise-class Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://macperformanceguide.com/Reviews-SSD-OWC-Mercury_Extreme.html



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Other World Computing (OWC(r)) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions PC and Mac(r) technology company, announced today that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program for its leadership role in becoming an on-site producer of more than 100% of OWC’s power needs through clean, green wind power. The EPA Green Power Partnership program is a voluntary program that provides recognition to organizations demonstrating environmental leadership by using clean renewable power, either by producing power, as OWC does, or by purchasing green credits.

First 100% On-Site Wind Powered U.S. Technology Manufacturer
OWC became the first 100% on-site wind powered U.S. technology manufacturer on October 19, 2009, when it activated its Vestas V39-500kW wind turbine. The turbine is projected to generate an estimated 1,250,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, nearly double the current energy requirements of all OWC operations, including its internet operations datacenter for OWC.net and FasterMac.net. Excess energy produced by the OWC wind turbine is sold back to the local power provider, thus making OWC a net supplier of sustainable energy to the McHenry County, IL region in addition to being a provider of award winning technology products and services to over one million Mac, PC, and iPod users around the world.

“The EPA commends Other World Computing for their commitment to protecting the environment by using green power,” said Susan Wickwire, Chief of the Energy Supply and Industry Branch at U.S. EPA. “By generating power with an on-site wind turbine, Other World Computing is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy technologies, and contributing to a clean energy future.”

Clean, Renewable Wind Power Part of Green Corporate Philosophy
The 100% self-funded on-site wind turbine is one component of the overall green initiatives that OWC employed in designing and building its corporate headquarters. The OWC building and campus, completed in 2008, are in the final approval stages for the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program rating of Platinum. LEED is a voluntary program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

Good for the Environment & the Bottom Line
The cost to install a wind turbine of OWC’s caliber is typically $1.25 million with a Return On Investment (ROI) of 100% within 10-14 years based upon a 25% front-end investment and current energy costs. The actual ROI recovery period can be reduced significantly as energy costs increase.

“OWC has always planned for the future, and going to 100 percent wind energy delivers both conservational as well as energy cost benefits,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “We’re very pleased that our efforts have been recognized by the EPA as exhibiting environmental leadership,” said O’Connor.

For complete details and a pictorial presentation on OWC’s wind turbine project, as well as a virtual tour of its LEED inspired corporate campus, visit: www.macsales.com/windpower