This week sees the official European launch of Iomega's Clik disk product range.
With a storage capacity of 40Mbyte, Clik disks are particularly handy because they can be used with a wide range of computing devices, such as desktop and laptop PCs, handheld CE machines and even digital cameras.
This is possible because the drives that read and write to the disks are available in several form factors. Most impressive is a tiny drive that can be slotted into the PC Card port of any handheld or laptop PC, Clik disks are then simply inserted into the drive as needed - just like conventional 3.5inch floppy disks.
This also has the advantage of providing handheld computers with disk based storage rather than relying on memory, which can lose data if the battery power is allowed to drain away.
Also available is the larger Clik Plus drive, a portable device that can be connected to any desktop PC via the parallel port. It too can be used with laptops and handhelds thanks to a PC Card interface.
The Clik Plus drive features a Compact Flash memory card reader, allowing it to transfer files, such as images taken with a digital camera, onto a Clik disk.
The Clik Plus drive kit costs £235, while the PC Card drive is priced at £161 and a pack of two 40Mbyte Clik disks are £22. A pack of 10 disks costs £71. All of these products begin shipping this week.
Iomega has licensed the technology to several OEM partners, including NEC, which plans to release a USB Clik drive later in the year. Also, an internal Clik drive for desktop PCs is planned for release later this year.
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