Archive for USB Flash Drives

USB Commander: a shiny, pricey USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on August 6th, 2008

USB Commander

Solid Alliance is known for doing some pretty funky USB drives. This one though, the USB Commander, is quite the opposite. It looks slim and sleek, but you may think price about that $319 import price from Dynamism.

The USB Commander is a 4GB flash drive designed to pair with “ultrathin notebooks.” The logo and name illuminate when its plugged into a USB port and it is described as being “designed for easy-slide.”

Kingston gets colorful with very small flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on August 5th, 2008

Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim

Kingston Technology is getting colorful and miniature with some new USB flash drives tied to its DataTraveler line. These are called the Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slims and you’ll find them pricing around $11 for 2GB or $19 for 4GB.

The Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim come in three different colors, including black, blue and pink. Memory capacity goes up to 4GB of storage and the drive measures 1.529- x 0.645- x 0.253-inches, making it one small device. It is definitely something you’ll have to be careful not to lose.

New CMS Vault OTG flash drives use special encryption

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on July 30th, 2008

CMS Vault OTG

CMS Products has a new encrypted flash drive on its hands which is set to be used by others. It is called the CMS Vault OTG and prices range from around $45 for 1GB to $145 for 8GB.

These new Vault OTG drives make use of the company’s CE Secure encryption software for protecting and securing data stored upon them. Pass phrases provide controlled access to the data on the flash drive, which is protected utilizing 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption.

MindMapper takes on USB flash drive form

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on July 7th, 2008

MindMapper 2008 USB Edition

SimTech Systems, developers of the MindMapper creativity and personal productivity software, have taken MindMapper portable. It is know available as the MindMapper 2008 USB Edition, priced at around $150.

The MindMapper 2008 USB Edition comes in the form of software installed on a 4GB USB flash drive. It automatically starts up when you plug in the drive, eliminating the need to install the software on your PC.

USB iPod memory stick

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2008

USB iPod memory stick
Some are sure to love this USB iPod memory stick, while others will hate it. Me, I’m in the middle. I mean it’s cute…But I also kind of hate it. Look at it, it’s like a squeeze toy for your computer instead of your dog. I wonder if it makes squeaky noises. Why does it have to bend? You just know it’s going to break after awhile. It comes in 1GB and 2GB sizes for about $40 and $50.

Imation drives USB flash drive form factor smaller

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on June 25th, 2008

Imation Atom Flash Drive

Ahh, USB flash drives, how small can you go? Imation is jumping into the tiny is better USB drive category with its new Imation Atom Flash Drive, priced between around $18 to $100, depending upon storage capacity.

The Imation Atom Flash Drive is tiny, measuring less that 1.5-inches long and .5-inches wide. Weight is around less than an ounce. Storage options on this small drive include 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB.

OCZ showcases small new Diesel USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on June 16th, 2008

OCZ Diesel

OCZ Technology is out with yet another USB flash drive for your consideration. This time around it is called the OCZ Diesel -there was no specific pricing or release dates offered up by OCZ.

The OCZ Diesel is a stylish looking USB flash drive available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage capacities. It is housed a durable aluminum housing and offers the ability to attach it to a keyring via its base. It is also extremely small.

OCZ sends Spyder USB flash drive crawling to computers soon

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on June 14th, 2008

OCZ Spyder

OCZ Technology recently introduced a nice looking new USB flash drive which sports a cap-less design. It is called the OCZ Spyder and there is no specific pricing information currently available.

The OCZ Spyder will be available initially in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB storage sizes, according to OCZ. This USB flash drive is most noted by its manufacturer for the slide-top design, whcih the company says helps protect the connector plug and prevents loss of your typical drive end cap.

Corsair debuts small USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on June 12th, 2008

Corsair Flash Voyager Mini

Computer products company Corsair today unveiled a new compact flash drive which is rugged. It is called the Corsair Flash Voyager Mini and you’ll find it pricing around $30.

The Corsair Flash Voyager Mini is a 4GB USB flash drive which weighs only 5.4 grams and is about 1/3 the size of regular flash drives, according to Corsair. It is enclosed in an all-rubber housing, making it shock-proof and water-resistant.

Edge Tech introduces most secure flash drive to date

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on June 2nd, 2008

DiskGo Secure GuardianEdge Tech has announced a new secure USB flash drive which is both durable and encrypted. It is called the DiskGo Secure Guardian and you’ll find it pricing between around $70 and $250, depending upon memory configuration.

The DiskGo Secure Guardian from Edge Tech is available in 1, 2, 4 and 8GB configurations. It makes use of 256-bit AES hardware encryption to secure data as well as complex password protocols and a function which actually erases the drive’s data after eight failed password attempts.

Steampunk usb memory is flashy

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2008

Steampunk usb memory is flashy
If Flash Gordon had a laptop, this would be his preferred USB memory. It’s the creation of a crazy modder over in Russia and it’s full of retro steampunk shininess, hand crafted from polished brass and copper, with a lot of attention to detail. He got all of it just right.

Which makes me wonder why no company has yet taken advantage of the whole steampunk thing and started mass producing usb memory like this. They could move a ton of items. Geeks like me would eat it up. I shouldn’t have to rely on a modder from Russia for my usb needs, that’s all I’m saying.

Blackmagic Video Recorder offers USB video capturing

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on April 14th, 2008

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A company by the name of Blackmagic Design does a fair amount of business in video editing products, converters and routers for the post-production and television broadcast industries. It is now crossing over to the consumer side with the introduction of the Blackmagic Video Recorder, priced at around $120.

The Blackmagic Video Recorder is a USB video capture product designed to take video from any analog video source, such as VHS or DVD, capture it and convert it to H.264 video files stored on your computer. This type of video file and can be used with products such as the iPod. Blackmagic says this product is thumb drive sized.

Kingston not screwing around with DataTraveler BlackBox security

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on April 14th, 2008

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Kingston Technology said today a new USB flash drive it has developed received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, meaning it supposedly is very, very secure. It is known as the DataTraveler BlackBox and you’ll find it pricing at a maximum of around $424 for an 8GB model.

This FIPS 140-2 certification, said Kingston, “requires a validation process that meets federal requirements set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Communications Security Establishment of the Government of Canada. This is critical because many governmental agencies in the United States and Canada mandate that sensitive “data at rest” (i.e., all information not in the network) must be encrypted with the FIPS 140-2 standard.”  Each time the drive runs it does a power-on self test to verify that the encryption architecture is functioning.

Aleratec flash drive duplicator handles 11 copies at once

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on March 18th, 2008

Aleratec 1:11 USB Copy Tower SAAleratec, a developer of devices for mass duplication of data onto different media formats, announced today a new USB flash drive duplicator which can work without a computer. It is called the Aleratec 1:11 USB Copy Tower SA and pricing is set at around $1,575.

The Aleratec 1:11 USB Copy Tower SA lets you copy, compare, or erase up to 11 flash drives simultaneously. Controls are handled via a simplistic front panel interface with backlit LCD display. This display “indicates the function selected and also monitors progress and status of each operation and displays the results.”

Zana wood engraved USB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

Zana wood engraved USB flash drives
Zana is hopping on the “tech with wood on the outside” bandwagon and so they will be selling wood-engraved USB flash drives that feature silver as well as “precious stones” for about $59. That will get you about 1GB of storage.

If you want a name or some other personal message engraved on it, you’ll probably have to pay more. I guess this is for the stylish geek who wants to make an impression, but frankly I’m not all that impressed. I would think they would get dented and dinged pretty easily. Then there’s termites too.