Go quad or go home. That's the general theme behind Patriot's new Xporter Rage series of USB flash memory drives, which offer up to 27MB/s read and up to 25MB/s write speeds, a result of the quad-channel design.
"The Xporter Rage USB Flash Drives are exceptionally fast and provide an outstanding value to users," states Meng Jay Choo, Product Manager at Patriot. "Designed around the quad-channel performance solution, these drives are some of the fastest available. When you also consider the convenience and ease of use offered by the capless rubber-coated housing, Rage drives are ideal for enthusiasts and professionals who need to transport and quickly access their important data on-the-go."
The Xporter Rage series is available now in a variety of capacities to suit a number of budgets, including 8GB ($25 street), 16GB ($40 street), 32GB ($75), and 64GB ($140).
Do you love flash drives, but are constantly feeling exhausted from lugging them around? If so, this is your lucky day, because SanDisk would like to sell you the "smallest USB flash drive in North America". We assume this means there are smaller drives elsewhere - probably in Japan. The drive is called the SanDisk Cruzer Blade, and weights in at about 2.5g, or the same as a penny. Physically, it's the size of a paperclip.
SanDisk hopes you'll see fit to attach this bit of tech to your keychain, or a cell phone lanyard ring. To be hauled around in such a way it would have to be sturdy, and we are unconvinced. The drives will come in capacities from2GB up to 16GB, and will sell for $14.99-$77.99. This product definitely falls into the "hey, that's cool" category, but we're also worried it will fall into the "I didn't realize it was in my pocket, and I washed it" category. Are you planning to pick one up?
Can your cufflinks store wedding photos, video clips, and MP3 files? Believe it or not, there are some that can, and they're not as tacky as you might think. Just the opposite, these USB flash drive cufflinks from Cufflinks.com are surprisingly stylish, allowing you to wear your geekdom on your sleeve.
Each cufflink comes with 2GB of USB flash storage for 4GB total and are available in gunmetal and gold finishes. They're also engravable with up to 8 characters. The downside? They're freakin' expensive. At $195 a pair (plus $8 if you have them engraved), cheapskates need not apply. That's a lot of jingle for just 4GB of storage spread across two drives, but hey, that's apparently the price you'll have to pay to walk into your next board room meeting feeling like James Bond. Imagine the oohs and ahhs as you whip off the cap and remove the USB flash drive to begin your presentation - yeah, that's pretty pimp.
For those who plan to do just that, you can nab the gunmetal ones here and the gold ones here.
We're sure somewhere out there, someone is selling a replica of the Iron Man suit worn by Tony Starks, and it probably costs a fortune. If you're a fan of Iron Man and can do without the full-body garb, the new Iron Man 2 USB flash drive by Tyme Machines might be more up your alley.
"We at Tyme Machines pride ourselves on bringing beloved characters, such as Iron Man, to life in full 3D and making them available to fans across the world," said John McDaniel, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyme Machines. "We expect the Iron Man 2 movie release to generate many more fans of this great superhero and feel we have created a product that any fan can be proud to tote around and show off."
The 3-inch drive comes in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB and sports the same looking Mark VI suit as in Iron Man 2, complete with the new triangular chest plate. What you don't get, however, is support for USB 3.0.
Everyone wants security and reliability in their flash drive, until that security and reliability become a problem. Stuck with a flash drive in his possession, possibly containing incriminating evidence, Florin Necula resorted to his only viable option: he swallowed it.
According to a U.S. District Court filing, Necula, who was suspected of ATM skimming, and in the custody of the Secret Service, “grabbed Subject Flash Drive 2, which had been on his person at the time of his arrest, and swallowed.” Apparently the drive didn’t agree with Necula who, after four days, still hadn’t passed the device. (No port incompatibility comments, if you please.) Doctors recommended removal, which Necula agreed to.
But did the drive survive? No word on that from the Secret Service. And the flash drive maker, Kingston, reports that they don’t know if stomach acid could damage the device, as they have no experience with people swallowing their flash drives.
Necula’s reward for his quick thinking? A charge of obstruction of justice, to go along with the other three felony indictments he faces for ATM skimming.
Rest assured, as soon as you have a USB 3.0 port, Super Talent will be ready with a reasonably priced flash drive to stick in it. The company has announced its new USB 3.0 Express Drive. The drives will be available in 16GB and 32 GB sizes. When used with a USB 3.0 port, users can expect to see read speeds around 125 MB per second and write speeds of 50MB per second.
These speeds are roughly twice as fast as USB 2.0 on writes and four times as fast on reads. That’s nice, but USB 3.0 devices are supposed to be 6-10 times faster. Well, this is a budget drive. They are a bit slower than some other USB 3.0 drives will be, but the price will be low. The 16GB should go for around $70 and the 32GB for about $150.
The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you can get one to use right now. With some USB 3.0 drives going for over $300, is the slightly slower speed worth the savings?
No matter how many companies try, we're not sure USB flash drives preloaded with music or movies will ever generate the kind of sales marketing gurus envision, but Kingston and Sony, along with the help of the late king of pop, are nevertheless going to try.
Timed to the DVD and Blu-ray release of Michael Jackson's "This Is It," Kingston plans to release a limited edition 2GB drive with the flick preloaded on the memory stick. According to Kingston, the film can be backed up on up to three PCs and works with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
"Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is dedicated to exploring new distribution channels, and we are pleased to work together with Kingston on a program that introduces consumers to Flash memory as a vehicle for enjoying their favorite movies on devices like netbooks and PCs," said Sony Pictures Home Entertainment senior vice president digital distribution Joe Arancio.
The drive will be available on January 26 for $20.
The DataTraveler BlackBox, DataTraveler Secure — Privacy Edition, and DataTraveler Elite — Privacy Edition are the only flash drives being recalled. Kingston has advised those affected to contact tech support before returning their flash drives. Its site contains a country-wise list of all its tech support phone numbers.
We all know how important brand recognition is. A Swedish maker of USB drives, Sandryds Handel AB, is showing how acutely aware of that they are by commandeering a very well known logo: that of The Pirate Bay. The company plans to offer a series of USB drives bearing the logo. That by itself isn’t actually illegal or cause for concern. The Pirate Bay logo is intentionally not registered so that it may be used freely.
It all goes off the tracks when Sandryds Handel AB decided to register the logo themselves. This would limit the ways others could use it. “It will be turned over quite easily; it’s a preliminary registration that is being ‘tested’,” said former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde.
The Pirate Bay is seeking to have the decision by the patent office annulled. If the Pirate Bay still has the sway online that is once did, Sandryds Handel might want to rethink this course of action.