This USB key has something to hide

A secret compartment stores and reads microSD cards.

Kingston Technology

Some of us at Crave freely concede our disdain for all forms of mutating gadgetry that combine disparate functions just because they can. But every once in awhile, one comes along that actually proves useful--and they're often as mundane as they are practical.

Case in point: USB flash drives generally don't turn heads, and Kingston's "DataTraveler Micro Reader" is no exception. Just look at the name--it says it all. Still, that doesn't mean it isn't useful. What makes this one different is a hidden compartment that stores and reads microSD and Memory Stick Micro cards, as well as holds 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of data in its own right.

Pair it with a phone that stores its headset , and now we're getting somewhere. Secret compartments--now that's the way to combine stuff.

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