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Industrial-strength data protection with LaCie's XtremKey USB Flash Drive


July 20, 2010

LaCie's new XtremKey rugged flash drive is claimed to be so tough that it can survive bein...

LaCie's new XtremKey rugged flash drive is claimed to be so tough that it can survive being rolled over by a 10-ton truck, temperatures between -50°C and 200°C, a drop from 16 feet and immersion in water up to 328 feet

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Adventurous types in the digital age need storage that's as rugged and tough as they are. LaCie's says that its appropriately-named XtremKey rugged flash memory will provide the kind of industrial-strength protection that stands up to all sorts of punishment. Resistant to pressure, water, high drops, and extreme hot and cold the drive comes in capacity sizes up to 64GB.

Should you find yourself in the unlikely position where a 10-ton truck threatens to crush your data then LaCie says XtremKey owners needn't panic. The Flash drive's 2mm thick zamac (that's zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper) pipe shell should be tough enough to keep the data inside out of harm's way. LaCie says that the drive is also watertight up to 328 feet, resistant to a drop of over 16 feet and will continue to operate in extreme temperatures ranging from a chilly -50°C to a blistering + 200°C.

The Xtremkey is watertight up to 328 feet and will continue to operate in temperatures ran...

All that butch, rugged protection doesn't come at the expense of portability though, the 2.9 x 0.9 inch drive comes with its own cable ring and designer Constance Guisset has even included an element of fun into the proceedings. When placed on a desktop, the XtremKey "even shows some playful personality with a perfectly balanced wobble effect."

A slight curve to one end gives the key a slight wobble effect when stood on a desktop

The XtremKey rugged flash drive will be available from August, prices start at US$49.99 for an 8GB variety and run up to US$249.99 for the 64GB version.

The following "Stop Thief!" video shows off most of the drive's capabilities:

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1 Comment

Tough indeed - could someone send this info to Steve Jobs and ask him to incorporate this "Toughnology" into the next iPhone (#5), after he's sorted out the antenna issue...?

Keep up the good work and keep that knowledge flowing.


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20th July, 2010 @ 05:45 pm PDT
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