So much of our digital lives reside on hard drives, but which hard drive? Western Digital’s MyBook Elite range uses the same display technology as some e-book readers to ‘label’ the drive – and you can read it without the need to plug it in and power it up.

Positioned on the ‘spine’ of the drive, the information displayed can be changed as you update file contents, plus there’s a handy capacity gauge to let you know how much storage remains. The included WD SmartWare software backs up selected files automatically, and for added peace of mind, you can even confirm backup on your computer screen as it occurs.

Price

The 1TB MyBook Elite sells for $200 RRP, while the 1.5TB is $250.