External HDDs and SDDs may be getting smaller, but they’ve miles to go before offering as much portability as the LaCie RuggedKey and similar options. The familiar Neil Poulton design is back on the block, with the orange exterior sporting uniform, squarish shapes cut into it.
Weighing 30gm, the peripheral supports up to 5GB/s transfer rates when plugged into a USB 3.0 port and 480MB/s speeds when forced to deal with a USB 2.0 port. It is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X 10.6/10.7 platforms. When it boils down to exactly how portable it can get, LaCie offers the information in terms of the USB drive’s 2” x 1” x 0.8” dimensions.
Even so, users may hardly need to worry about carrying the USB key with them courtesy of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage. This facility allows people to store a copy of their data on the peripheral itself as well as to the cloud. Meaning access to the required files is always available. Additionally, the AES 256-bit encryption technology employed by the drive ensures that the hoarded content is protected by a password.
Waxing eloquent on the durability aspect, the LaCie pendrive is IP-54 ratified to withstand water and dust to a certain extent. It also happens to be drop-resistant up to 100m. The company insists that their latest creation is crafted to survive ‘accidental drops from heights far above’ what normal people would expect to encounter on their way to the office.
The LaCie RuggedKey price is $39.99 for the 16GB version. For those who want to pick up a higher capacity one, it only goes as big as 32GB for $69.99. The drive is covered by a 2-year limited warranty.