The tiny K'2 USB key comes with 16GB of storage and a microSD slot for adding even more. But is it really the smallest?
For weeks now I've been sorely tempted to buy the Republic Wireless Moto X, but there's one thing preventing me from pulling the trigger: the 16GB of unexpandable storage. That's just not enough for the amount of apps, music, and video I want to carry.
Thankfully, because the Moto X supports USB OTG, it's a fairly simple matter to plug in external storage for my media. Of course, the typical solution for such an exercise is a USB OTG cable and a flash drive, but the new PKparis K'2 is a flash drive that plugs directly into an Android device's Micro-USB port.
And at 1.35 inches by 0.66 inch by 0.27 inch, it's the world's smallest, according to the company, though there may be some room to debate that claim. The Meenova microSD reader, for example, actually protrudes a bit less from your phone or tablet once plugged in, though it is a hair wider than the K'2.
But no matter. This gizmo offers compact plug-and-play storage for Android devices, and that's what matters. In fact, unlike the Meenova, it includes 16GB of onboard storage, but you can add even more by way of microSD cards, which somehow slide into the USB connector that's at the opposite end.
That dual-purpose plug also allows the K'2 to work with PCs. Another crafty bit of design: caps for both ends are tethered on a single cord that doubles as a carabiner. That means you won't lose the caps, and you can keep the whole gizmo clipped to a keychain or the like for quick and easy access.
If you're not sure whether your Android device supports USB OTG (and, therefore, the K'2), check the K'2 compatibility list.
The PKparis K'2 is available for preorder now at a price of 24.83 euro, or about $34.18. That's on the pricey side for a 16GB flash drive, but still not a bad price for adding storage to your Android smartphone or tablet. That said, one could argue that getting the $12 Meenova and a $20 microSD card (32GB) is the better deal. Your thoughts?