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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Maxelerate for Mac Mini Reply with quote

Maxelerate for Mac Mini
Wednesday August 31, 2005

WiebeTech has unveiled the Maxelerate, an external hard drive with capacities up to 500 gigabytes for the Mac mini. Maxelerate is also a FireWire and USB 2.0 hub. It features three FireWire ports and three USB 2.0 ports. According to WiebeTech, the Maxelerate boasts a disk read and write performance that is 30 percent faster than the drive that comes inside of the Mac mini. The drive is bootable and can be used as a startup disk, taking full advantage of FireWire technology. Maxelerate has been thermally engineered with heat issues in mind. Its aluminum design with integral internal die cast heat sink and fan allows for cooling.

Five configurations of the Maxelerate are available. Prices range from $119.95 for a bare enclosure with no drive to $689.95 for the 500GB model. All models will ship September 6th.

Features:
- Three USB 2.0 ports and three FireWire 400 ports; daisy chainable
- Supports Hi-Speed USB data transfer speed of up to 480Mbps, and IEEE 1394a data transfer speed of up to 400Mbps
- Supports 3.5" IDE drives
- Delivers bus power from host for USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices/hub and FireWire 400 repeater
- Allows daisy-chaining of USB 1.1/2.0 and/or FireWire 400 devices
- Built-in power switch



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to see another one available without a drive, but that logo is hideous.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
but that logo is hideous.


Agreed. This is one of the ugliest stackables yet.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez, how many different ways can you present the same product? How about a firewire AV interface, an external dual layer DVD+-R, or a *real* hub?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may have noticed that there are really only two major design models for these MacMini-themed enclosures. As far as I've seen, this particular unit and the one from LaCie appear to be unique. In fact, the LaCie appears to be the best one so far as it introduces an air barrier, which I'm sure allows for better passive air cooling while stacked. Only problem with the LaCie design is that is comes in USB or Firewire but not both.


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Geez, how many different ways can you present the same product? How about a firewire AV interface, an external dual layer DVD+-R, or a *real* hub?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jdryyz wrote:
You may have noticed that there are really only two major design models for these MacMini-themed enclosures. As far as I've seen, this particular unit and the one from LaCie appear to be unique. In fact, the LaCie appears to be the best one so far as it introduces an air barrier, which I'm sure allows for better passive air cooling while stacked. Only problem with the LaCie design is that is comes in USB or Firewire but not both.


What do think makes this one unique? The fact that it's not based on the Macpower M9.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure why they list it as having "3 USB ports", do they count the uplink port as one?!

Also, from the photos, it looks to be a bit slanted...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kind of wondered the same thing. It's either an illusion or the sides are really tampered.
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