Following the launch of the external Clik! Drive Plus (reviewed in PC Week, 22 June) Iomega has now released the Clik! PC Card Drive.
Based on the same 40Mb Clik! disks, which measure a mere 5 x 5.5cm, this drive is actually built into a standard PC Card form factor. This means that the entire drive fits snugly inside a laptop computer's PC Card slot and provides a convenient high-capacity alternative to floppy disks.
This is particularly useful for people who use their laptops in conjunction with a desktop, as it means large files can be easily transferred between the two devices without the need for a network connection or direct cable connection.
The drive comes supplied with a single Clik! disk and a protective carrying case. The supplied printed documentation is very brief, but that is hardly surprising, as there is not an awful lot to cover and more detailed documentation is provided on the driver CD in HTML format.
Installation of the drive could not be easier: you run the set-up software to load drivers onto your machine then simply insert the drive into a free PC Card slot (most laptops have two) and you are ready to go. If, however, like an increasing number of corporate users you are running Windows NT on your laptop, you are stumped because there are no NT drivers available for the product.
Also, sadly, there are no Windows CE drivers for the drive, which is a real pity because this drive would make an excellent addition to CE-based sub-notebooks like those reviewed in this week's group test on page 23. The only operating systems supported by this drive are Windows 95 and 98. This is presumably a hardware issue with the PC Card drive, as the Clik! Drive Plus comes with both NT and CE drivers - making it a very flexible and worthwhile offering.
The PC Card drive is no doubt a useful and impressive little gadget, but its appeal would be greatly increased if it were compatible with CE and NT.
A disk drive that fits inside a PC Card and reads Iomega's 40Mb Clik! disks. Designed for use specifically with laptop computers, the disks can also be used with other drives in the Clik! range, making data exchange among laptops, desktops and handhelds quick and easy.
- a little fragile
- no NT or CE drivers
- Prices: drive £161, disks £11
- Contact: Iomega 0800 973194
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