Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus
This portable storage from Hitachi, the Lifestudio Mobile Plus, is something unique and interesting since it comes in a package of two — a 320GB HDD and a 4GB Flash drive — all tucked into one external cradle.
Here’s what you get inside the box:
2.5″ external HDD
4GB USB key
Hitachi Backup Software
The pairing of the 2.5″ HDD and the USB Flash drive is something we’ve only seen with Hitachi.
The set-up is somewhat fancy and does make a lot of sense — both the HDD and the USB key syncs to files and folders in your laptop or PC. You can identify which files or folders the USB key will need to sync so you’d get the latest backup all the time — no need to bring the HDD with you is you only need to transfer or carry files under 4GB (the capacity fo the USB key).
The package comes with the LifeStudio Software which is a fancy interface to organize your media files (with 3D navigation powered by Cooliris). It also allows you to manage your photos on Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Web Albums using the software.
At the moment, the largest capacity they have is only 500GB but we’re already seeing 750GB and 1TB from other providers. They come in two colors though — platinum and graphite.
The LifeStudio Mobile Plus costs Php4,235 for the 320GB and Php4,995 for the 500GB. A bit pricey compared to other similar products from Seagate, WD or Samsung but that’s could be attributed to the type of set-up you are getting on this one (drops to Php3,475 with only the cradle and no USB key).