Memorex Mega TravelDrive
Editor's note: We have updated this review to clarify the product comparisons.
The Memorex Mega TravelDrive bridges the gap between teeny-but-expensive flash drives and larger, cheaper portable hard disk drives. About the size of a large Zippo lighter or a pack of Tic Tacs, the 12GB Mega TravelDrive resembles a flash thumbdrive, but instead of solid-state flash memory, it houses a 1-inch hard drive. Best of both worlds? Not quite. For one, it's quite expensive for the capacity ($150 for 12GB), and our tests showed it to be a very sluggish drive compared to those with 2.5-inch hard disk drives. If you're shopping for an external storage device and size is more important than cost, go for a flash thumbdrive. If a compact hard disk drive is small enough for you, however, go for the more cash-efficient option and choose something like the Western Digital Passport.
The Memorex Mega TravelDrive comes in four capacities: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB, though the physical design of the three smaller capacities differs from that of the 12GB (their inner-workings are the same, however). The 12GB version of the Mega TravelDrive is about the size of a large Zippo lighter, and in fact, with its brushed silver case, resembles a Zippo, as well. The USB connector folds out from the top of the drive and swivels through a range of 180 degrees, so you can squeeze the drive into tight spaces. If you still can't make it fit among your stable of USB-equipped devices, the included USB cable is a huge help. The only feature on the body of the drive is blue LED that flashes during data transfers. The drive ships with a protective silicone case.