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OWC Touts Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 Quad Interface Desktop Hardware RAID

Woodstock, IL — Other World Computing (OWC), a leading PC and Mac technology company, announced 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 300MB/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:

·  2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500GB x 4 w/64MB cache) & 3 year warranty – $679.99
·  3TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (750GB x 4 w/128MB cache) & 3 year warranty – $849.99
·  4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & 3 year warranty – $979.99
·  6TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1.5TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & 3 year warranty – $1149.99
·  8TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (2TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & 3 year warranty – $1899.99
·  Enterprise Class 2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500GB x 4 w/64MB cache) & 5 year warranty – $799.99
·  Enterprise Class 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4 w/128MB 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 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:

Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 Technical Specifications:

• Oxford 936QSE chipset
• Data buffer up to 128MB
• Speeds up to 10,000RPM
• Data transfer speeds up to 300MB/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

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988. The Illinois based company operates the popular e-commerce portal, which features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod, and iPhone enhancement products, including Mercury, Neptune, and NewerTech acceleration, storage, and FireWire product lines.

As a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, OWC provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world. OWC is also a strategic partner with Axiotron and exclusive US distributor of the award winning Axiotron Modbook.

OWC is the winner of numerous awards, including Computerworld Magazine’s Top Green-IT Companies for 2008, BizRate’s Gold Circle of Excellence for 2008, and the 2008 “Business Champion Award” from McHenry County Economic Development Corporation. The company’s management umbrella includes leading Internet Service Providers and and is the leading technology employer as ranked by the McHenry County Business Journal. For more information, visit