- Brand Name: LaCie
- Model Number: 130870
- Memory Storage Capacity: 8192 MB
LaCie iamaKey 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 130870
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- Fast transfer rates; up to 10 MB in write mode and 30 MB in read mode
- Hot-pluggable; cross platform technology
- Ultra mobile and lightweight with generous 8GB storage capacity
- Sturdy metal key design; fits on a keyring
- Gold SIP technology; water and scratch resistant
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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.
UPDATE - FEB 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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These things aren't very sturdy not really ideal for being on a key ring. Mine died inside two months.Published 4 months ago by Rob
On my keychain the connectors wore down and stopped working somewhat quicklyPublished 7 months ago by 1686
Had this 4 months on my keychain. When i plug it into my computer, it no longer works. Very disappointed.Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Adams
It's a nice thumb drive- but not durable enough to live on your keychain. Mine was bent and coming apart at the front and back within a few months.Published 13 months ago by Eliot Weisberg
Had this for several years now and still works flawlessly. Sturdy.Published 13 months ago by John Doe