IFA 2019: external drives with hardware encryption and other new Verbatim


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This year, Verbatim is already 50 years old. On the occasion of the anniversary, we looked at the company's booth at IFA 2019.

Taiwanese a little earlier this yearoptical disc manufacturer CMC Magnetics has entered into an agreement with the Japanese Mitsubishi Chemical Media to purchase the entire Verbatim division. Earlier, in 1998, CMC Magnetics bought out the Verbatim line, which was operating at that time in magnetic tapes and floppy disks.

At the moment, the main focusVerbatim's activity is data protection and storage. And at the stand, various solutions were presented precisely in this direction. In particular, external hard drives and solid state drives with data encryption and various authorization options. Of the newer models, there are Verbatim Fingerprint Secure external HDDs. They are equipped with a fingerprint scanner on the case and 256-bit AES hardware encryption. You can save up to 8 users for authorization. Available in versions of 1 and 2 TB, Type-C is used for connection, the kit includes an adapter to the traditional Type-A.


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Also at the stand were updatedVerbatim Store ‘n’ Go Secure Portable SSD and Store ‘n’ Go Secure Portable HDD (the first generation we saw last year). They use a more traditional method in the form of a digital password to protect data. To enter it, a digital keyboard with backlight is provided. The code can include up to 12 digits. The drives also use 256-bit AES encryption. Get access to the data inside will not work even if you remove the hard drive and connect it through another “pocket” or SATA. Now, Type-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 is used for connection. The SSD is available in 256 GB, and hard drives - 1 and 2 TB.


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Similar numeric keypad and sameVerbatim Keypad Secure USB 3.0 Drive flash drives are also equipped with an encryption method. They turned out to be much larger and heavier than standard flash drives, but still, unlike hard drives, they fit in your pocket. In addition to the keyboard on the case, there are LED indicators for operation and encryption. Available in 32, 64 and 128 GB volumes with USB 3.0 Type-A or USB 3.1 GEN 1 Type-C connectors.


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Using a secure “pocket”, you canturn a 3.5-inch hard drive into a protected one. AES hardware encryption with a 256-bit key size is also used. A numeric keypad option is also used to enter a password. The connection interface is USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (also compatible with USB 2.0), the included Type-C cable is Type-A.


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Under the Freecom brand, the company launchesmainly external drives with a more "image" design. But this year, the assortment was replenished with diverse docking stations for hard drives, again with hardware encryption and physical keyboards for entering a password. There are variations for 2.5- and 3.5-inch drives.


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In addition to storage and data protection, Verbatimthere are a bunch of more familiar accessories for smartphones. For example, power banks and wireless chargers. In particular, powerbank models with Type-C, support for fast charging Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery. Qi Wireless Chargers up to 10 watts.


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And of course, docking stations and durable cables. Given the general shift to Type-C, docking stations are extremely useful. Verbatim has a lot of them. Starting from the traditional options with a USB hub, HDMI and Ethernet, and ending with an exotic type of adapter from Type-C to VGA. Cases are different, maybe someone will come in handy.


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