made a name for itself with its Mimobots -- cutesy pop culture characters on a
USB. If you're after something basic, or a gift for someone with a pop culture soft spot, these will fit the
bill. They come with preinstalled wallpapers and desktop icons starring the character,
and they're a cute way to celebrate your fandom. They come in capacities from
2GB to 64GB, and run USB 2.0. They do have one major design drawback, though: a lack
of a lanyard loop. You can browse the selection on Mimoco's website.
Swiss Army USB
The beautiful thing about the Swiss Army USB is not so much
the USB itself -- running USB 2.0 with read/write speeds of 23/30 MB/s
respectively -- but the fact that it's included on a Swiss Army Knife. It also
includes a small knife, a nail file, a screwdriver, scissors, tweezers, a
ballpoint pen and a key loop -- for a single item, it's a very handy little
piece of kit indeed.
an asking price of $200 for just 4GB, what you're buying with the R2D2 USB cufflinks isn't so much the USB part as the R2D2 cufflink part. Officially
licensed by Lucasfilm, the cufflinks are plated in silver and decorated with
enamel and can be engraved on the back with a personalised message.
you have a search around the web, you'll find a plethora of USB bracelets -- a
pretty handy way to carry around your files. We particularly like the Oriko Drive, a stylish leather bracelet
equipped with a USB. The beauty of it is that it's customisable -- you can insert a micro SD card into the back, and the bracelet acts as a card
Artype Design USBs
If you're looking for a USB that doubles as an objet d'art, it doesn't get much more
special than the work of Rob Smith of Artype Design. He hand-creates one-of-a-kind custom USB cases out of wood, metal
and decorative watch parts. However, they do take him quite a bit of time, and
he doesn't make many, so getting your hands on one isn't easy. You can sign up
to his mailing list by sending him a message on Etsy.
is such a cute little idea; after all, who doesn't like Lego? Stefan Reiling of
Databrick modifies real Lego bricks, so
that they have actual USBs inside. This very simple model is a 2x4 brick holding the USB, with a 2x2 brick as a cap, and a tag so that you can attach it to a keychain. The USB inside ranges
from 4GB to 32GB on USB 3.0. The rest of Reiling's shop has some more elaborate options, including USB
minifigs and minifig keychains if the brick is too plain for your taste.
IronKey Personal S250 and D250
security is your thing, you're going to want some encryption on that business. The IronKey personal drive uses several tiers of security to keep your data
safely locked down. Data is encrypted using 256-bit AES cipher-block chained
mode and 2048-bit RSA, and hashed in 256-bit SHA. You can only unlock it using
an authorised password. It's a little on the slow side, using USB 2.0, with
read/write speeds of 31/24 MB/s for the S250 and 29/13 MB/s for the D250, but
the security level might be worth the trade-off.
on the other hand, can be found in the SanDisk Extreme.
Compatible with USB 3.0, it's a zippy little device, with read speeds up to 245
MB/s. Write speed is, of course, lower, and varies according to the capacity;
for the 64GB model, it's 190MB/s.
Lexar JumpDrive P10
Lexar's JumpDrive P10 is even faster than the SanDisk Extreme -- at least on paper.
It claims read/write speeds of 265/245 MB/s for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models
(the 16GB model is a little slower), which is among the fastest on the market.
Beneath its glossy chassis, it's cased in strong metal alloy, and the connector
is retractable to keep it safe without having to worry about losing the cap.
LaCie RuggedKey 3.0
those who knock about a bit, you'll want something that can withstand a few
bumps. This is the LaCie RuggedKey,
a USB drive slotted into a rugged case that's water resistant, heat and cold
resistant and drop resistant to 100 metres. It uses 256-bit AES encryption with
password protection to keep your data safe, and is compatible with USB 3.0,
with a maximum read speed of 150 MB/s. It's available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth
The Flash Survivor Stealth from Corsair takes rugged to the next level, housing the
USB in an anodised, aircraft-grade aluminium case that's vibration resistant,
shock resistant and fully waterproof to 200 metres. With USB 3.0, it has
read/write speeds of 85/70 MB/s, and is available in capacities from 16GB to
Toshiba Duo USB 3.0
If you're transferring files between devices, there's another
option that doesn't involve taking out your phone's micro SD card. Relatively
new to the market are USB + micro USB drives, with a USB connecter on one side
and a micro USB connecter on the other, so that you can access your data from
multiple devices. If the Toshiba Duo
is too small for you -- it's pretty tiny physically -- Sony
have similar products on the market.