Last week we got wind of a new, slightly ambitious, USB flash drive called the LaCie XtremKey. Now, USB memory sticks have been around for many a year now and millions of us use them every day. However never before has a flash drive paired so much ruggedness with so much beauty.
The LaCie XtremKey, built to US military standards, comes in a small and cylindrical metal design, crafted from Zamac, which is not only good looking when compared to its rugged rivals such as the Patriot XT Boost 150x, but it actually serves a purpose. You see the thick metal casing, which surrounds the flash drive within provides a barrier between your data and the dangers of the outside world. LaCie even claim that the casing provides enough protection so that the XtremKey can withstand the pressure of a 10-ton truck rolling over it.
It does a lot more than that too, for example it can withstand temperatures of both extremes up to 200°C and way down to -50°C which are more fearsome numbers than you are ever likely to incur without ending up fondling your USB flash drive in an oven or industrial freezer, which as far as I can tell is a pretty unlikely eventuality.
Anyway, furthermore it can remain watertight to 100 metres below the surface, which believe me is about 99.5 metres further than I would happily venture below water, in fact I can barely leave the shallow end at times. The last test that LaCie put the poor XtremKey through is the famed ‘drop test’ where they literally test the effects of you throwing your USB memory stick out of a window and thankfully, the latest rugged drive survived up to 5 metres so I can have peace of mind when I stand at my window and hurl it at passers by.
So let’s summarise that for you then. The New Lacie XtremKey can:
- Withstand a downward pressure of up to 10-tons
- Withstand temperatures of +200°C and -50°C
- Remain waterproof down to 100 metres
- Remain in tact after a 5 metre fall
So I think you’ll agree that it ticks all the boxes when it comes to being rugged, but the LaCie XtremKey holds its own when it comes to style too. Having been exclusively designed by Constance Guisset, It’s a far cry from cheap plastic thumb drives you can pick up for a few quid at the supermarket. It looks professional, acts professional and simply doesn’t let you down.
In fact, someone should give these things to our infamous public sector employees who willingly leave their thumb drives on trains and buses. With something this expensive and worthy of a place in your pocket, or your keys they may be more hesitant before simply discarding it, whilst attention-craving passers by swoop like vultures.
“The XtremKey offers extreme durability and capacity in a convenient, well-protected and fun form factor,” said Alexis Kobassian, Product Manager, LaCie. “Despite the robust, industrial-strength protection we’ve added, it’s still a LaCie key that brings ease-of-use and reliability to customers looking to keep their data secure while on the go.”
And it’s true, with capacities up to 64Gb, write speeds up to 30Mb/s and reading up to 40Mb/s, encompassed in such an attractive, lightweight and robust casing it may well be a contender for the best USB flash drive ever made and with the plethora of USB flash drives that have been made, that is some achievement to say the least.
So with all that in mind, and the knowledge that this USB memory stick starts at a mere £42.99 for the 8Gb entry level option, head off to Amazon to not only bring portability, but security in the knowledge that your data will most likely remain as constant as the earth beneath your feet (In spite of environmentalists constantly warning us that it won’t be there for too much longer anyway, but then who needs data at a time like that?)
Do you think that the LaCie XtremKey USB flash drive would solve your rugged storage needs? Or would you prefer something that offers more security with a rugged, biometric fingerprint scanning external hard disk?