USB 2.0 Flash Drive: LaCie iamaKey 4GB and 8GB
Looking for a great USB 2.0 flash drive? This is it! LaCie has been experimenting with look-alike device for a few years now and they always stayed in the prototype phase – the devices never made it into production. The new line of USB 2.0 Flash Drives from LaCie is amazing with the iamaKey, itsaKey, PassKey and CurrenKey.
The iamaKey has some great things going for it. It is fairly strong, and it doesn’t flex under the weight of real keys when plugged in. There is no added bulk with iamaKey on your key chain as it is slim enough to pass as an ordinary key. It is available in 4GB and 8GB versions with a metal body and gold SIP connectors, making it both water and scratch resistant.
Now I wish I could say that iamaKey will change your life, but unfortunately it has some shortcomings. Its transfer speed is quite slow relative to other flash drives of its type. For example, the write and read speed of a 122MB file took 52.6 at 11.5 seconds on the iamaKey compared to 37.0 at 7.7 seconds on a Lexar Firefly. LaCie claims up to 30MB per second transfer rates. A small design flaw is the little plastic end cap meant to keep the sharp end of the key protected. Once lost there is no replacement, and trust me you are going to lose it – well, at least I did.
Overall a great concept and iamaKey pretty much performs as promised. If they can fix the transfer speed and end cap issues, it would be perfect.