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LaCie iamaKey 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 130869

by LaCie

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4 GB
  • Sturdy metal key design; fits on a keyring
  • Ultra mobile and lightweight with generous 4GB storage capacity
  • Gold SIP technology; water and scratch resistant
  • Hot-pluggable; cross platform technology
  • Fast transfer rates; up to 10 MB in write mode and 30 MB in read mode
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Technical Details

Capacity: 4 GB
  • Brand Name: LaCie
  • Model: 130869
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 4096 MB
  • Hardware Platform: PC

Product Details

Capacity: 4 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001VKXZZ0
  • Item model number: 130869
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 12, 2009

Product Description

Capacity: 4 GB

With the new LaCie iamaKey, inventive storage meets data protection. The key-shaped design is functional and memorable, and the protection that the LaCie iamaKey offers makes it extremely reliable. Best of all, you can fit an enormous amount of data in a small flash drive. With its eye-catching design, the iamaKey certainly stands out, but its connector (Gold SIP) is both water- and scratch-resistant, making it one of the most durable and thinnest USB keys on the market. Protective edges on the connectors ensure that you will always insert the LaCie iamaKey properly, keeping it usable and safe. With the universal Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, iamaKey can be used with both PC and Macs. Hi-Speed USB 2.0 not only offers universal compatibility and cross-platform convenience, but features a hot-pluggable connection and high-speed transfer rates, and is Windows ReadyBoost compatible. Best of all, the iamaKey is backward-compatible with USB 1.1, so you can use it on any computer. A product of the 5.5 Designers firm, the LaCie iamaKey fits in your pocket, and on your keychain, letting you take your data with you wherever you go. Another new collectible product produced in conjunction with 5.5 Designers, the iamaKey is a usable, tough USB flash drive, but with a well-developed sense of fun. Minimum System Requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista, Mac OS X v10.3.5 or higher, Linux-based system. Box Contents: LaCie iamakey and cap.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to add to keychain and looks like a key.
T. Temple
It works well, looks great and has a very high cool factor.
FloridaBoy
I will never buy anything from Lacie ever again.
Giovanni Azua

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 155 people found the following review helpful By NJP (Ohio) on December 9, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
While this drive is very cool (albeit slow as everyone else has pointed out), it's completely worthless when it dies within 6 months (purchased June 18). I've seen several other posts here of the same issue: just decides one day to never mount again. And even though there is a 2-year warranty, LaCie doesn't want to honor it because I can't provide a serial number.

For what it's worth, there is NO serial number on the key itself. Apparently the S/N was on the disposable packaging, which as you may guess, was thrown away back in June.

So, for a product that has a 2 year warranty, and has only been on the market for 6-9 months (so there's NO WAY ANY OF THEM could be out of warranty), and that I have a receipt for, LaCie still won't honor their warranty (at least so far). I'll edit this review if in fact they do decide to honor the warranty, but this loophole/runaround is inexcusable and I'd avoid this purchase again because of it.

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UPDATE - FEB 2010
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Finally after about 3 weeks of arguing, LaCie agreed to let me send it back so they could "look" at it. On January 5th I received a new, in package, 8GB key.

While I'm happy I finally got resolution, I'm not happy with the experience, and I can say that even today (Feb 20th) I still haven't used the key. I simply feel less than overwhelemed with it now. But you can bet that I didn't throw the packaging away this time! Just in case.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark on December 24, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
Pros
Looks great, feels great. Very inconspicuous, everyone I've shown it to immediately asks where I got it from. I would definitely buy it again.

Cons
Plastic tip that protects the contacts falls off easily, but the contacts seem to be holding up just fine.
Transfers are a little slow.

Edit - 01/06/2010

I would NOT buy this product again. My brother and I have both purchased this and carried it on our keychains. Today I find out that NEITHER flash drive will mount/be recognized by any of our computers, I've tested it on 7-8 different computers and none of them recognize it. Apparently to use the warranty you need the serial number, which is located on.....dun dun dun........THE PACKAGING OF THE PRODUCT.............NOT THE PRODUCT (flash drive) ITSELF.........so unless you were smart enough to save the packaging, the warranty is useless.

The gold connectors are slightly scratched since the plastic tips were lost (after a couple days) but they don't look any different from when the keys used to work.

Waste of money, fortunately I have backups on other drives but not worth the headache of rebuying this flash drive.

Update - 07/08/11

I couldn't help myself and repurchased this product about six months ago, since then it has held up fine. I lost the tip within the first month (again), and made sure to take photos of the packaging and document the serial number prior to discarding the packaging. Like others have said, it is definitely a conversation starter, and gets lots of questions/compliments. My girlfriend recently "borrowed" the IamaKey indefinitely, and she definitely enjoys it.

I changed my rating to 3/5 since the new version seems to be working better, and if anything happens I at least have the warranty/serial number now.

I went ahead and ordered the v2 of this product, and will post a review about that one as well.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smith on April 22, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
Pros: As advertised, imakey is the size of a (large) key and fits very well on a keychain. Very high "cute" and convenience factor.

Cons: It is quite slow relative to other flash drives. For example, to write and read a 122MB file took 52.6 and 11.5 seconds on the imakey compared to 37.0 and 7.7 seconds on a Lexar Firefly jumpdrive.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Squirrel Dad on April 17, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB
I didn't really get this Flash Drive for the performance my motivation was a bit more shallow. I liked the way it looked. I am asked about it all the time in the office when my coworkers see me using it or even when its sitting on my desk. It seems to work good enough for me. If you want a "fun" flash drive, this is a great product, if your looking for max performance and could care less about looks you may want to consider others.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Conforti on May 14, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
I bought this because if my flashdrive can disconnect from my keys I'll certainly lose it.

Pros: Strong, doesn't flex under weight of keys when plugged in. Looks good and is slim enough in my keyring that it doesn't add any bulk.

Cons: A little expensive per GB, could be faster (not a major problem). Once you lose the tiny clear plastic cap for the end, the end of the key drive is a little sharp. Should have been brushed aluminum, gets a little scratched up from my other keys.

Final Thoughts: Probably the best combination of form and function for a usb flash drive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John W. Norton on September 21, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
I've had the 8GB version of Iamakey for a few weeks now. As mentioned in other reviews, the screen printing on the sides wears off pretty quickly. No big deal as far as I'm concerned... the convenience of having a low profile jump drive on my key ring far outweighs that.

I felt compelled to write a review though, because of something that happened this weekend. I did a load of laundry, and I inadvertently left my keys in my pocket. So the Iamakey got a full wash and dry! I choked a little when I saw the keys in the dryer... but when I plugged it into the computer, and it worked just fine, sweet! Makes it the perfect jump drive for me, because that's probably not the only time I'll do that.
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