On-the-go drive offers USB 2.0 write speeds with inconsistent results
A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and computers, Patriot offers a storage solution with the Stellar Boost XT USB drive. But will users find the micro-USB capable drive useful for transferring to and from their phones, or will it end up being a computer-only drive that doesn't get a lot of mileage? Find out in our review.
Key Safe transports passwords, works on Macs, PCs
SplashData is launching a USB flash-drive version of its SplashID password manager, SplashID Key Safe. The new 2GB USB drive, shaped as a key, provides password-protected access to passwords, logins and other sensitive information. Upon removal, all the sensitive data remains on the USB Key drive, with none of the passwords left behind. It allows a user to transport passwords to public computers or from home to work computers. It also works between Macs and PCs.
Fingerprint scanner paired with heat sensor
Victorinox on Friday expanded its line of USB drives with the Secure Pro. The new device integrates several levels of security, with data protected using 256-bit AES encryption. Users can also take advantage of a fingerprint scanner, built directly onto the removable USB stick. The fingerprint identification components are even paired with a heat sensor that will not provide access to the data if the finger is not within a range of typical body temperature.
Drive connects with game consoles, camcorders, TVs
Western Digital has expanded its line of storage products with the My Passport AV. The portable drive is geared for video storage and playback, with support for a variety of game consoles, TVs, Blu-ray players, or other devices that can directly connect to a USB drive.
SyncMate 2.4 update
Eltima has launched SyncMate 2.4, an update to its data synchronization app that can be used to sync information between Macs, Windows Mobile devices and smartphones. The new version adds support for Windows PCs, the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) and USB flash drives. By synchronizing a Mac with a Windows PC, user can transfer and update a variety of content including contacts, calendar entries, folders, Mail messages and Entourage Notes. Several different sync methods are available, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and Ethernet.
Pico USB drives in 32GB
Super Talent on Tuesday announced that its Pico series of water resistant USB drives are now available in 32GB capacities. The Pico C, measuring 31mm x 12mm, is available with either a gold- or nickel-plated finish and is claimed to support read speeds of up to 30MB/s. The Pico E features a sliding lid and gold-plated finish. The company also offers optional AES-256 hardware encryption for both series.
Super Talent 64GB USBs
Memory device maker Super Talent will release a new family of USB drives later this week with the highest capacity in the industry, at up to 64GB. The Luxio USB Drives are housed in black, silver or wood grain finished UV-coated ABS/PC plastic cases with chrome-plated zinc trim. The drives can also be had in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and are built using dual-channel flash memory architecture. They are fully compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0 ports, with no drivers needed to work with the majority of operating systems.
Pico D USB swivel drive
Super Talent says it has added a swivel model to its family of so-called "World's Smallest USB Drives". Using chip-on-board technology, the Pico D measures a miniscule 1.4-inches, but stores up to 8G of data in a swivel-open case. The company says the Pico D comes with a lifetime warranty, is shock and water resistant and can support transfer speeds of up to 30MB/sec, or 200X.
Kingston ups USB capacity
Kingston Technologies on Wednesday announced its release of 16GB versions of two of its DataTraveler USB drives, the DT400 and DT100. At the same time, the company released a new drive, the DT101, available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. The new flagship of the range, the 16GB DT400 with MigoSync, lets users recreate the email and Internet browser settings on computers other than their own while doubling its storage capacity.
Gold-plated 8GB USB drive
Super Talent Technology says its PICO-C Gold 8GB USB flash drive is the "world's smallest," comes in a 24-carat gold shell and is water resistant to boot. The tiny drive is smaller than a standard SD card and weighs less than a nickel. The device ships with a gold chain, and "looks more like a fashion accessory than a high performance flash drive," the company said.
Hi-Def media center
Mvix on Thursday launched an ultra-compact HDD-based, portable media player: the new high-definition Mvix MV-2500U media decoder supports the small 2.5-inch hard drive, while including key features of its predecessors like MX-780HD or MX-760. The black device, which can support HDDs as large as 250GB, measures under 5x3x0.5 inches; it uses a 2.5-inch PATA / IDE HDD and when connected to the PC, it works like a standard external USB 2.0 hard drive; however, it ships with an IR remote control to allow playback of standard or high definition digital video (480p, 720p, 1080i) in over a dozen file formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4, DVD (VOB, IFO), DivX (3/4/5/6), Xvid, BivX, VCD (DAT) for both PAL and NTSC systems.