LaCie catches ultra-small USB Flash drive bug
MosKeyto flies in
Ordinary USB Flash drives too darn big for you? LaCie's new MosKeyto protrudes a mere 6mm from the USB port it's connected to.
Picture one of those micro Bluetooth adaptors and you've got the idea.
But while the drive is small, the price isn't. LaCie wants 20 quid for the 4GB MosKeyto, and £30 for the 8GB model. There's a 16GB version on the way too, but LaCie hasn't said yet how much that will cost.
As you can buy an 'ordinary' 4GB USB drive for a fiver, this seems excessive.
You're paying for the design of course, but also for miniaturisation. Less well-known brands offering their own 'nano' drives charge only a little less than LaCie: £15 for a 4GB drive, for example.
The MosKeyto is available right away. ®
The smaller the flash drive, the larger the key ring you have to attach to prevent it dropping out of your pocket and being rushed to the redtops who will then gleefully broadcast your darkest secrets to the world.
inside one of these you will find.... a micro-SD card and a $0.10 SD-USB chipset. The Chinese factories are churning these baby's out for $2.00 a piece now
Brand recognition is worth £5 more
I've heard of Lacie and I've used their products; they're a well-respected brand. I can buy their products from one of several UK-based distributors. Conversely I've never heard of Eagletec, nor have I heard of "Hong Kong-based gadget purveyor Brando". If I was in the market for a tiny 4GB USB drive, I'd choose the Lacie in a flash (pun intended). The reputation of a well-known brand is worth an extra £5 to me.