LaCie Ships RuggedKey Flash Drive

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 2 2012 1:28 PM

LaCie's new RuggedKey USB drive is now available. This flash drive is designed to protect data from nearly any threat, including heat, cold, and drops. Thanks to its orange bumper, the RuggedKey can withstand heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The drive is also IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water. The RuggedKey supports USB 3.0 speeds up to 150MB/s. The drive also works with Wuala Secure Cloud Storage so your data will be accessible via the cloud as well as on the drive itself. The LaCie RuggedKey comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities with a starting price of $39.95.

LaCie RuggedKey – Key for a Rugged Lifestyle

August 2, 2012 - Today LaCie announced availability of the RuggedKey, the perfect solution to protect data from life's stumbles. The RuggedKey is the latest addition to LaCie's award-winning line of Rugged drives designed by Neil Poulton. From inclement weather to unauthorized access, the RuggedKey protects data from any threat.


The iconic orange bumper is back, this time to protect a USB key from heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The RuggedKey is a great accessory for an adventure photographer who needs a way to keep his photos protected and accessible while on the road. If the key is dropped off of a cliff or stepped on during a hike – no problem! His files are still intact. Furthermore, it's IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water making it the best device for on-the-go data protection.


USB 3.0 continues to proliferate as the industry adopts the technology. The RuggedKey, with USB 3.0 speeds up to 150MB/s, is excellent for transferring files. Users can transfer an HD movie, 3,000 photos or a 5GB file in less than one minute. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, making the key a fast and convenient device.


Wuala Secure Cloud Storage makes data on the RuggedKey easily accessible without compromising security. Wuala lets users keep one copy of data on the key and one in the cloud. That way, if a user forgets the key at the office, they can still access the files via the cloud. And for the ultimate in security, AES 256-bit encryption prevents unauthorized file access to the key with password protection.


The LaCie RuggedKey comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities and will be available at Apple® Retail and through LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at the suggested retail price of $39.95 (VAT included).

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That price is just amazing.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Aug 2 2012 10:30 PM

Yeah I have a Microcenter USB3 key that's 32GB not only that but is very useful to carry a tool kit and for backups when necessary (which is why I got it initially) of course it is Microcenter housebrand unit so I imagine it is AData or something but it works 100% for almost a year now. Oh yeah its not waterproof etc but it was also cheaper by a few dollars to.

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rrplay replied on Thu, Aug 2 2012 11:06 PM

Cannot really see them making a drive of this caliber in a smaller size like 4GB or 8GB, but having a reliable and rugged drive like this is certainly worth the extra bucks.

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K i know its supposed to be practical, but the design already looks grenade-ish, seriously they should just make it circular add a pull pin and make this thing legit.

It can survive a one hundred foot fall but when your in a sticky situation and you need a high grade explosive wouldn't you at least feel better you can pretend you do?

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This sounds great but I can't think of many situations where you actually need the USB itself to survive such extreme conditions. A simple plastic case with insulation would suffice in most situations.

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