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Freecom_credit_card_USB_Memory_handWhile Lite-on is adding all the disc duties netbooks are currently missing out on, Freecom is adding another form of storage with its wallet-sized USB devices. And Freecom reckons they’re pretty cheap, too – offering “unbeatable price per GB ratio”.

The company’s Hard Drive XS products are available now in Europe, with capacities of 120GB (£84.99) or 160GB (£99.99).

“With ultra-compact measurements of just 8.2 x 5.8 cm, the USB 2.0 powered drive weighs less than 80g, making the USB Memory perfect for both professional and home users who want a quick and convenient way to carry their data while on the move,” a Freecom suit tells us.

“The new device offers unbeatable price per GB ratio for a product this small, and provides users with enough space to safely store 32,000 digital MP3’s, 110,000 digital photos, 160 DivX movies or 36 full-length DVDs.”

Freecom co-founder Axel Lucassen said the USB memory is the latest development in Freecom’s ongoing pursuit to make storage more accessible, practical and convenient.

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“This drive pushes the boundaries of storage to size ratio, giving computer users a compact and easy place to store their data whether it is for business or home usage,” Lucassen said.

“With the digital age bringing an ever increasing amount of data into our everyday lives, this makes it easier than ever before to store and share information – from music and movies to office work and presentations.”

As with Lite-on’s external disc drive, Lucassen pointed to the burgeoning netbook market as the ideal accompaniment to a tiny storage option.

“The popularity of compact products like netbooks is on the rise because portability has become increasingly important to computer users, and there’s no reason why mobile storage shouldn’t follow suit,” continued Lucassen.

“Nobody wants clunky and cumbersome accessories for their netbooks as it defeats the object of having a truly portable computer.”

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