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OWC shows NuGuard KX rugged cases, 3.5" Viper SSD and MacWorld 2013

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OWC shows NuGuard KX rugged cases, 3.5" Viper SSD at Macworld 2013 (Updated)

Other World Computing is a popular manufacturer and seller of a big line of Apple-friendly hardware, and as usual they have a commanding presence at Macworld/iWorld 2013. Among the new products the company announced this year are the NuGuard KX rugged cases for iPhone and an upcoming 3.5-inch SSD under the Viper label that will provide high capacity and incredible speed.

NuGuard KX

The NewerTech NuGuard KX cases are Mil-Std-810G compliant, which means that the cases can take a drop of 4 feet without damage to the enclosed iPhone. The company tested them to much more extreme conditions, including 20-foot drops in the factory and a mammoth drop from the top of OWC's wind turbine (see video below).

The cases come in a variety of colors and have a lifetime warranty -- not something you see with many other iPhone cases. OWC also offers a 30-day guarantee, so if you decide you don't like the NuGuard KX, you can send it back for a refund.

But the big -- in terms of capacity -- news from OWC was the announcement of the Viper SSD. This 3.5-inch format drive will be available later this year in capacities up to 2 TB. The combination of SSD speed and huge capacity will make this SSD a winner for video editors and the like. At this point, the company has not announced shipping dates or pricing for the Viper.

The company will also be selling a commercial version of the Power2U USB wall outlet. According to Corporate Account Manager and OWC spokesman Alan Bitterman, the new version will be especially useful in hospital and hotel installations.


And last, but not least, the company was showing an amazing swivel arm mount for the iMac, Apple Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display -- the Newertech NuMount Pivot Desk Mount ($189.00). It won't work with the new 2012 iMacs -- OWC notes that the aluminum is "too thin" to allow this type of mounting.

Update: Grant Dahlke, the Marketing, PR and Social Media Manager sent in a correction. He says "it's actually because in order to take the factory desk stand off ... you have to take apart the entire machine. If you want to see how hard it is to open a 2012 iMac, watch this: "

Wall Mount

If you're at Macworld/iWorld 2013, be sure to drop by the OWC booth and tell 'em you read about their product line on TUAW.

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