Kanguru Bio Drive review: Kanguru Bio Drive

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Reliable fingerprint scanner; easy setup; password backup; works on a variety of XP systems.

The Bad A little chunky; can block access to neighboring USB slot; Windows computers only; no manual.

The Bottom Line The Kanguru Bio Drive is a great way to protect your mobile data, but Mac and Linux users are out of luck.

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Kanguru Bio Drive

It may look like just another flash thumbdrive, but the Kanguru Bio Drive combines up to a gigabyte of storage with a fingerprint scanner for ultimate security to keep its contents from prying eyes. Even if you lose the device, the data should remain confidential because everything on the Kanguru Bio Drive is encrypted, making this the best bet for the security conscious among us. The Kanguru Bio Drive is more expensive than other thumbdrives and it works with only Windows PCs, but it's worth it for both your security of data and peace of mind.

The Kanguru Bio Drive looks a bit like a Hot Wheels car, minus the wheels. The plastic, gold-tone case measures 3.0 by 1.0 by 0.6 inches and weighs 0.7 ounces, making it bigger and heavier than the average thumbdrive, but it's shorter and lighter than Lexar's similar JumpDrive TouchGuard . The Kanguru Bio Drive is available in three capacities: 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB, and it comes with a metal neck strap, a 1-meter USB extension cord, a mini CD, and a one-page setup guide. Unfortunately, the Bio Drive lacks a real manual. Because of its thick body, the Bio Drive may block the USB slots on either side on some notebooks.

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Kanguru Bio Drive (256MB)

Part Number: BIO-MD-256 Released: Apr 1, 2005
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 1, 2005
  • Weight 0.7 oz
  • Features integrated fingerprint scanner
  • Storage Capacity 256 MB