USB flash battle, on the runway

Memory devices as fashion statements

Who would've thought that a USB storage device could be a fashion accessory? After all, it wasn't all that long ago that people didn't even know what a USB port was for.

Sony Micro Vault

Just today, BIOS reported that Sony--the ultimate slave to fashion--was introducing a sleek new 8GB drive with a retractable connector as part of is "Micro Vault" line. At the same time, blogs were writing of a 4GB drive in orange and black with a "push and pop design" from PQI.

PQI flash drive

Both probably work fine and will look respectable when you unsheathe them conspicuously at your favorite Wi-Fi cafe. But if you're looking for beauty and brawn, we still think it would be hard to beat this 12GB Monstor drive , in timeless silver.

(Photos: Sony, Power Quotient International)

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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