updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue July 13, 2010
LaCie shows rugged, waterproof XtremKey USB drive
Display, hard and flash drive maker LaCie on Tuesday introduced the latest USB drive to its collection, the XtremKey. The small flash drive is house in a 2mm thick metal pipe casing and is sealed with water-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring. This makes it waterproof up to 100 meters (328 feet), or enough to reach the bottom of some rivers.
It can otherwise withstand drops from five meters (16.4 feet) and temperature extremes of between 392 and -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, its zamac alloy (zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper) shell should survive even after being run over by a 20,000lb truck. When stood up on a desk, the key will wobble but not fall over.
The key's Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface is compatible with PCs and Macs. Performance is rated at up to 30Mbps write and 40Mbps read speeds. The XtremKey ships in August, with the 8GB model priced at $50. Capacities up to 64GB will be available, though their prices haven't been announced.