LaCie XtremKey 8 GB All-Terrain USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131075
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- Full metal casing-2mm thickness
- Heat, cold, water, pressure and dropresistant (when product is closed).
- Outstanding write and read performance
- Wear-resistant braided metal cable ring
- Transfer speeds and cross-platform convenience to all PC and Mac users
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The LaCie XtremKey is our strongest, toughest USB key yet, and features capacities up to 64GB. With capacities up to 64GB and an impenetrable shell, the LaCie XtremKey is a truly rugged USB key that stands up to the elements. The 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. The XtremKey’s memory modules are shielded inside of a 2mm casing and sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, which makes it watertight up to 100 meters. In addition, it’s 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°). Equipped with the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, the LaCie XtremKey offers instant compatibility, outstanding transfer speeds and cross-platform convenience to all PC and Mac users. With speeds up to 30MB/s (write) and 40MB/s (read), you don’t have to sacrifice performance for protection.
From the Manufacturer
For users who need an industrial-strength flash drive that can withstand all sorts of abuse, LaCie created the XtremKey All-Terrain USB Flash Drive. This 8 GB flash drive is fashioned out of an alloy shell that is heat-, cold-, water-, pressure-, and drop-resistant. The USB 2.0 drive offers instant cross-platform compatibility and is small enough to easily fit in your pocket.
Virtually Indestructible Construction Can Go Anywhere
The XtremKey is made of zamac, an alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper that is so strong, it can withstand the pressure of a 10-ton truck. With the memory chips inside a 2-mm-thick casing and sealed with water-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, the XtremKey is watertight up to 100 meters, resistant to 5-meter drops, and can hold up in environments from -50 to 200-degrees Celsius.
Smart, Attractive Design by Constance Guisset
Designed by award-winning designer Constance Guisset, the XtremKey is an attractive device that combines rugged go-anywhere durability with a delicate, stylish aesthetic. Measuring 2.9 x 0.9 inches (H x D), the XtremKey easily fits in your pocket and comes with a built-in, water-resistant, braided-metal cable ring. The XtremKey even shows some playfulness as its uniquely balanced design wobbles on your desk.
USB 2.0 Interface for Speed and Compatibility
The XtremKey uses the USB 2.0 interface for instant compatibility and great transfer speeds. The XtremKey works with both PCs and Macs and offers writing speeds up to 30 MB/s and reading speeds up to 40 MB/s, so you won't have to sacrifice performance for the durable construction.
The LaCie XtremKey 8 GB All-Terrain USB 2.0 Flash Drive is backed by a two-year warranty.
Established in France in 1989, LaCie is a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. With offices and plants in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie develops and manufactures external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology.
What's in the Box
XtremKey flash drive with Cable Ring.
Top Customer Reviews
After approximately one month, the wire keychain started to fray. I first noticed this when I put my hand in my pocket and one of the frayed wires stabbed my finger. I had read a review where someone had a similar experience, but I didn't buy it for the wire keychain and took that chance when I ordered it. I removed the wire and just kept it loose in my pocket from that point on.
I had no problems with the functionality of the drive until approximately two months ago (about 7 months old). I got an error when I plugged the drive in to any computer and had to format it to get it to work again, losing everything on the drive. Luckily I had my files backed up. Then, a few weeks later, I opened the XtremKey to use it (as normal) and the part that houses the actual USB drive literally fell apart in three pieces in my hand. I have never thrown it, dropped it, stepped on it, or driven over it with a truck. This drive literally goes from my pocket to my desk or into a computer. So today I find myself with a container of gorilla glue trying to secure it all back together and decided I should share this experience. Now, I realize I have not contacted Lacie and given them the opportunity to make it right, but should I have to? This review is just a review for the product itself. Lacie may very well have outstanding customer service.
I would not recommend this product based on the experience I have had with it.
1) There is no LED indicator of any sort on the flash drive itself. You will be fully reliant on whatever the OS reports to you. Maybe I'm old school but I like having an LED indicator on the drive as I feel the OS isn't always accurate.
2) The base of the flash drive is very narrow and being that the entire drive is smooth, it is somewhat difficult to unscrew the flash drive from the housing. There is not much more than 1/4" of base to grip to separate the flash from the shell.
3) This flash drive runs warm. I thought this was surprising as I've never noticed any of my other flash drives being warm when plugged in. Perhaps this is simply a side effect of its size and the all metal housing.
Other than that, this flash drive is very sturdy when in its housing and has a very sharp look to it. EDITED TO ADD: It wasn't obvious to me so I thought I'd mention: The key chain loop unscrews at one end.
Unfortunately, even though the housing is solid, the electronics within are quite fragile. For whatever reason, if you leave this drive connected to the usb port of your computer for too long, it overheats and becomes quite hot. This happened so much that the adhesive connecting the inner housing (made from metal which protects the electronic components inside) actually melted, causing the housing itself to slide off. This wasn't really a problem for me, as I could just slide the housing back on and then screw the cover on to protect the drive. Sadly, all the overheating may have fried the electronics inside since a week ago I put the drive in and it said that it needed to be formatted. All my data was lost.
I can not recommend this product. Even though its outsides are built like a tank, its insides are just fragile little eggs waiting to break. If they can fix the overheating problem, then the drive may survive, but as of right now it is unusable. Sure you can always just pop it out of the usb once you've stored or uploaded your files (like I have been doing) but eventually you'll forget to pop it out and half an hour later you'll have a fried, expensive usb drive.
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