Not even a 10-ton truck is a match for LaCie newest flash drive (and yes, LaCie tested that claim).
Come hell or high water, or even a 10-ton truck, LaCie's new XtremKey USB 3.0 flash drive has little to worry about. As the name implies, LaCie's latest flash drive is extremely tolerant to harsh conditions, such as being submerged in water down to 200 meters (over 656 feet). It has a protective cap made of thick ZAMAC metal alloy and wear-resistant screw threads with a rubber O-ring.
Everything about the Aegis Secure Key telegraphs that Apricorn is serious about the whole data-security thing. The Secure Key has 256-bit AES full hardware encryption, so it doesn’t require software or drivers—it’s completely platform-independent, and it will even work with USB On-the-Go devices like Android tablets. This is a big deal—many drives ship with software encryption clients, but those rarely include software compatibility beyond Mac and Windows.
Enter the wrong PIN 10 times and the Aegis will shred your data to prevent brute-force attacks.
One of the major problems with covering all of the news flowing out of CES is that inevitably, something nifty gets missed. This year, we were so busy reporting on Ultrabooks and AMD chips that we totally glossed over what may be the most awesome survival tool of all time; a Swiss Army knife with a whopping 1TB hard drive built in. Whether you need to pry open a can of beans, file your nails, or transfer over 220 million pages of text, this bad boy's got you covered.
With native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 chipsets on the horizon and a whole host of USB 3.0-capable motherboards already on the market thanks to NEC, Marvell, and other third-party chip makers, there's no reason to saddle yourself with a USB 2.0 storage device, not unless it comes down to cost. Dollars and cents aside, Sony's new Micro Vault MACH USB 3.0 flash drive is a looker and a scorcher.
If you were hoping to see some SuperSpeed USB 3.0 announcements at this year's CES, you're in luck. Toshiba has your back and on Monday trotted out its new TransMemory-EX series of USB 3.0-compliant flash memory products that take advantage of the SuperSpeed specification with read and write speeds of up 22 times and 18 times (respectively) faster than USB 2.0.
Don’t let the clean, neat wires and airflow-maximized layouts of our “Build It!” projects fool you: your Maximum PC editors aren’t necessarily neat freaks – you did see “Inside The Bags of Maximum PC Editors,” right? – but we love us some efficiency. So, apparently, do the engineers at Kingmax. The company’s new UI-03 USB drive has a paper-clip-mimicking hook on the back, so you can, um, store files and collate papers on the run AT THE SAME TIME.
The only thing you'll be singing in the rain if you get your USB flash drive all wet and slushy is the soggy data blues. Why you would choose to wield a storage device in a downpour is a riddle we're not here to answer, but if you do fear water wrecking your data, Adata wants you to know about its new S107 USB flash drive series. These new drives are built with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and are both waterproof and shock resistant.
Ever get the feeling you're being watched? That's because you are. If you're not wearing one of these, stop whatever it is you're doing and go make yourself one. Now that you've thwarted the government from reading your mind, what do you do with all that sensitive data in your possession? Lock it down, of course, and Kingston says you can trust its new DataTraveler 6000 (DT6000) USB flash drive.
Super Talent has come up with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 thumb drive the company claims is fast, secure, and malware resistant. The new USB 3.0 DataGuardian is fast because, well, it's built to take advantage of USB 3.0; it's secure because it requires a password to access data stored on the device; and it's supposedly impervious to all (not some) auto-run malware attacks.
Even with the lack of native USB 3.0 support in current chipsets, the SuperSpeed spec is thriving all the same thanks to third party chips from NEC, VIA, and others. That means whether you own a recently purchased or self-built PC, or plan on upgrading in the near future, it's time to retire your USB 2.0 thumb drives and replace them with USB 3.0 equivalents. Add Super Talent's new USB 3.0 Express ST2 f.ash drive to your list of possible candidates.