LaCie's XtremKey USB Drive Is Ultra Rugged Yet Beautiful

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News Posted: Wed, Jul 14 2010 11:07 AM
The world's most adventurous USB flash drive? That's a fairly bold claim to make, particularly when you're a finesse company like LaCie. We have seen quite a few rugged flash drives grace our pages, but the company that is generally known for producing the best looking storage products is now looking to produce the best looking and toughest USB flash drive. Can there really be a product with the best of both worlds?


The LaCie XtremKey actually is pretty extreme, with versions available that hold up to 64GB of storage inside an enclosure that's made to withstand the elements. It uses a premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing, and it's sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring in order to make it waterproof for up to 100 meters. It's also  resistant to 5-meter drops, fierce heat and bitter cold (+200°C / -50°C).


XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper, and LaCie is saying that this can withstand the pressure of a 10 ton truck. It's a USB 2.0 drive that supports both Mac and PC use, with writing speeds up to 30 Mb/s and reading up to 40 Mb/s. Pricing starts at $49.99 for the 8GB drive, and one of the wildest promo videos we have ever seen for a product of this nature is below.


 LaCie XtremKey: The World’s Most Adventurous USB Flash Drive
LaCie announced today the LaCie XtremKey – offering industrial-strength protection for your data. With capacities up to 64GB and an impenetrable shell, the XtremKey is a truly rugged USB key that stands up to the elements.

LaCie, originator of the flat, award-winning key-shaped USB flash drives, shields the XtremKey’s premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing. Sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it is watertight up to 100 meters. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to 5-meter drops, fierce heat and bitter cold – it holds up in any environment, no matter where you take it (+200°C / -50°C).

XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper that’s so strong, it can withstand the pressure of a 10-ton truck. Less than three inches tall, this flash memory drive puts strength, security and storage right on your keyring.

“The XtremKey offers extreme durability and capacity in a convenient, well-protected and fun form factor,” said Alexis Kobassian, Product Manager, LaCie. “Despite the robust, industrial-strength protection we’ve added, it’s still a LaCie key that brings ease-of-use and reliability to customers looking to keep their data secure while on the go.”

Equipped with the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, XtremKey offers instant compatibility, outstanding transfer speeds and cross-platform convenience to all PC and Mac® users. With writing speeds up to 30 Mb/s and reading up to 40 Mb/s, you don’t have to sacrifice performance for protection.

Designed by Constance Guisset exclusively for LaCie, XtremKey works relentlessly to keep your data protected, all while being portable, powerful and perfectly suited for your life’s adventures. The key, when placed on a desktop, even shows some playful personality with a perfectly balanced wobble effect.

Availability
The LaCie XtremKey comes in capacities from 8GB to 64GB and will be available in August through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+ starting at $49.99. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com. 
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Inspector replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:15 PM

How about a 20 ton truck? :D It flattened a bit in that picture right?

But, what would i be doing if i need a USB drive that takes it to the extreme...?

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Chainzsaw replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:18 PM

Wow that is rugged. Too bad it doesn't have hardware encryption with it. Then again could always do software encryption - say Winzip (although I don't know how easy or hard it is to crack those).

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:32 PM

It's pretty quick too.

But it looks like a butt plug lol

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If it's as rugged as they say, $50 isn't much for complete peace of mind. Scan some family photos, official documents, and home videos onto that, bury it somewhere (it's even cylindrical enough to use acartz's idea lol, might be more comfortable down there than others), and you won't have to worry about data loss on that device ever again. Although I agree with Chainzsaw: hardware encryption would have been a huge plus. After all, if someone is determined enough to take it out of...well, wherever you hid it, they're determined enough to sit at a computer and try to hack the software encryption.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 3:47 AM

Finally a usb drive for Strippers, Hookers, and Secret agents!

Maybe if those russian spys had these they would not have been caught :-)

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