Tuesday, April 14th 2009

OWC Announces Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 “Quad Interface” PnP Hardware RAID Solution

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading PC and Mac technology company, announced today the new Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 for the ultimate in flexibility and convenience in a Plug and Play desktop hardware RAID storage solution. Featuring a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports; 4 Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive bays; and 4 user selectable hardware RAID settings, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 offers up to 8TB of total storage capacity and data transfer speeds up to 300 MB/s for the ultimate professional grade RAID storage solution.


Professional Performance With User Conveniences

Built for performance-intensive applications, such as A/V, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics, and redundant backup, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is beautifully designed for both Mac and PC with a shock resistant, heat dissipating aircraft-grade brushed aluminum housing preconfigured with up to 8TB of storage capacity. Its front panel LEDs gives quick, at-a-glance system status, while the removable key lock ensures the installed hard drives remain secure.


Selectable Hardware RAID Flexibility

An easy to access front panel selector switch provides simple configuration of the 4 Hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, 5, 10, as well as a Span (NRAID) setting, for the best level of speed, capacity, or redundancy; or any desired combination of the three operations.


OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is Available in 7 Configurations:
  • 2 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500 GB x 4 w/64 MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $679.99

  • 3 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (750 GB x 4 w/128 MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $849.99

  • 4 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1 TB x 4 w/128 MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $979.99

  • 6 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1.5 TB x 4 w/128 MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $1149.99

  • 8 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (2 TB x 4 w/128 MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $1899.99

  • Enterprise Class 2 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500 GB x 4 w/64 MB cache) & 5 year warranty - $799.99

  • Enterprise Class 4 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1 TB x 4 w/128 MB cache) & 5 year warranty - $1149.99
The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is now shipping in capacities from 2TB to 8TB, priced starting at $699.99 MSRP from Other World Computing at macsales.com]macsales.com. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is compatible with Apple OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.0.x, and 10.2.8 or later, and Windows 98SE or later operating systems. It comes ready for Plug and Play ease of use with all interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to an industry leading 5 year warranty.

For more information on the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2, visit: macsales.com


Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 Technical Specifications:
  • Oxford 936QSE chipset

  • Data buffer up to 128 MB

  • Speeds up to 10,000 RPM

  • Data transfer speeds up to 300 MB/s

  • 2 FireWire 800 ports, 1 FireWire 400 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 eSATA port

  • 4 Front panel selectable Hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, 5, 10 or Span (NRAID)

  • LEDs for RAID selection and hard drive status

  • 4 hot swappable hard drive bays

  • Smart Fan automatically regulates fan speed

  • Fan and power supply warning buzzer

  • Front panel lock with keys for drive security

  • All interface connection cables

  • Internal US/International 100/240V, 50Hz/60Hz, 12V/6A Auto Switching power supply

  • Measurement: 5.31" (W) x 9.65" (D) x 6.96" (H), weight: 8.6 pounds (base case)

  • Warranty: 3 year complete solution warranty, 5 year complete solution warranty for Enterprise Class models

  • Mac and PC compatible

  • Includes $200 retail value disk utility software bundle: Carbon Copy Cloner, ProSoft Engineering Data Backup 3, NovaStor NovaBACKUP, and Intech SpeedTools Utilities
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6 Comments on OWC Announces Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 “Quad Interface” PnP Hardware RAID Solution

#2
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Just like with other products of its class, I wish they sold just the enclosure itself.
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#3
h3llb3nd4
that probably makes a pc with raid in my house more likely than a Raid storage solution...
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#4
timta2
by: newtekie1
Just like with other products of its class, I wish they sold just the enclosure itself.
Notice at the bottom of the page...

"Warranty:
3 year Solution, 1 year for 0GB "Add Your Own Drive Kit"

If the 0GB option is not yet available its probably just a matter of time as most of OWCs drives are available in a 0GB option.

OWC is a great company to do business with and their branded products are high quality stuff. Yes their prices are a little higher than other places but their service sure makes up for it.
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#5
Chryonn
you could buy your own PC and add in ~12TB of space for less
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#6
h3llb3nd4
exactly what i was saying...
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