Conclusion: USB 3.0 at Home and On the Go
At the end of the day, both the Western Digital MyBook 3.0 and the Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 are well-suited for their respective environments. The MyBook 3.0 is an excellent addition to any desktop setup. Whether you're using the MyBook as a media monster or a backup drive only, the high transfer speeds will please any power user. Plus, if you lack 3.0 on your motherboard, the included PCIe card gives you two USB 3.0 ports to play with.
The BlackArmor PS 110 is a great portable external drive, especially if it's paired with a laptop with USB 3.0 onboard. The included Express Card makes older laptops 3.0-friendly, but the system is a tad cumbersome. The included backup software is also a pleasure to use and should make backing up your media, or even your entire OS, a breeze.
If you are in the market for a new laptop, the ASUS N61Jq-X1 is well-priced at $1099.99. While the removal of the Blu-ray drive makes us frown; USB 3.0, the new Core i7 CPU, and DirectX 11 graphics are delightful additions. The 5730 graphics will only get better with age in the short term, because new mobile drivers are on the way from ATI directly, as Chris Angelini of Tom's Hardware pointed out a few days ago. While the N61 doesn't quite fit the mold for a desktop replacement, it is powerful enough to handle the newest PC games while powering through your everyday tasks like Microsoft Office, HD video play, and transcoding audio in iTunes.