Looking for a handsome, durable USB drive that you’re unlikely to misplace? Check out LaCie’s “iamaKey” USB 2.0 drives. Available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, the iamaKey features water and scratch resistant gold SIP technology and boasts fast transfer rates (Read mode: up to 30 MB/s; write mode: up to 10MB/s).
About the same size as a standard key, the iamaKey drives all come with a plastic cap for the contacts, but it seems it’d be easy to lose. Users report, however, that the drive holds up just fine w/o the little plastic protector; one tester actually put his key ring (including the iamaKey) through his clothes washer and dryer, and the iamaKey survived and continues to operate perfectly.
Design is central in LaCie’s approach to products; the firm often works with well known designers to create products that are not only functional, but are striking in appearance. The iamaKey is covered by a 2 year Limited Warranty, by the way.
The iamaKey costs a bit more than drives made with plastic housings – but it’s metal, will last longer, and can indeed be stored on a key ring. It strikes me as a great Christmas gift for the gadget lover. LaCie drives are available at a number of electronics retailers as well as at Amazon. Here are (Note: I am an affiliate) links to the iamaKey at Amazon: 4GB 8GB 16GB Prices range from $20.98 for the 4GB version to $52.98 for the 16GB model.
- Simple hack: put your thumb drive on a leash & never lose it!
- CES 2010 New Releases @ Amazon
- Stuff I like: organize keys & small tools with a rugged yet lightweight cable key ring
- Tripshell All-in-One travel plug adapter – 80% OFF @ Amazon
- 6 unusual, inexpensive gifts from Lee Valley
- Travelers, campers: have you used a SteriPEN?