Now this is cool. the Show Me Disk includes an 11-character readout that displays any name you create for your key. Whatever you you type into Windows Explorer shows up on the key’s display, so people will know its “Josh’s key,” or they’ll see that “Cats rule,” maybe. The display also features a pie chart and numerical rating for the available capacity, which is wicked-awesome. You just glance at the pie or the number to find out how much space you have left. We love these features! There’s one tiny problem: This key is slow as molasses in a New York winter. It’s so slow we grew a beard transferring 1GB of data to the device. We then had ample time to shave said beard reading that 1GB of data from the key.
The My Flash Fingerprint Disk offers a feature that goes well with a USB key: a fingerprint scanner to protect the drive’s contents. While not everyone keeps satellite images of nuclear facilities and top-secret documents on their USB key, it’s still reassuring to know that there’s an extra level of protection between your data and potential do-badders.
We carry a ton of data on our USB thumb drives that we wouldn’t want leaked on the Internet. Whether your key carries your “piss off” letter to your boss, a cache of all your passwords and serial numbers, or those incriminating videos that you took on your last trip to Amsterdam, you need to protect its contents. That’s where Private Disk comes in.
The Passport Pocket is slow. Way slow. Its read speed of our 3GB test file (590 seconds) was two minutes slower than that of the PNY and the Verbatim drives, and its write speed (636 sec) was three minutes slower than the PNY. That’s just ridiculous.
Verbatim’s Store ‘n’ Go offers sassy looks and an awesome software package named Ceedo Mobile Launchpad. When the drive is inserted into a USB port, something similar to the Windows Start menu appears in the middle of the taskbar. This menu lets you run a variety of free programs right off of the drive itself.
The Mini-Kart is so small you could lose it in a bag of potato chips if you're not careful. Luckily, an included lanyard helps you keep track of the wee device. Instead of the standard rectangular metal USB port, the Mini-Kart’s pins are out in the open—it doesn’t even have a cap.
The PNY drive not only sports the most capacity in this roundup, it’s also the fastest. It blew the others out of the water in our 3GB read/write test. Its read speed (361 seconds) was an incredible minute and a half faster than the Verbatim drive, and its write speed (430 seconds) was an ass-kicking three minutes faster than both the Verbatim and Western Digital models.