With all the digital options like Dropbox surfacing, the reign of USB flash drives are quickly coming to an end. To prolong the inevitable, flash drives are evolving nearly as quickly and constantly as their cloud-based counterparts. Perhaps no other company has been as inventive and stylish as LaCie, which in recent years has built its drives smaller, tougher, and with larger-capacities than ever before. Even so, lugging around an additional piece of hardware is still an inconvenience many people aren’t willing to consent to.
However, LaCie is looking to change all that with the release of its Key line, which makes carrying a thumb drive as easy as grabbing your keys. The LaCie Keys look and feel exactly like a key, and a plastic plug can be easily snapped on and off to ensure that the water- and scratch-resistant gold SIP connector doesn’t get damaged. The keys are perfect addition to the keyrings of those that just can’t fit their stuff in Dropbox’s 2GB entry-level storage limit. The keys come in three different designs (CooKey, WhizKey, & iamaKey), and each look almost exactly like an ordinary key, complete with keyring holes and silver plating.
The drives inside the LaCie Keys come in four sizes—±4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB (for $19.99, $29.99, $54.99, and $99.99 respectively). A hundred bucks for a 32GB flash drive is pretty spendy, but for some, the price is justified in the portability and style of the line.
If USB flash drives are going the way of the dinosaurs, LaCie's making sure they go out in style. The Key line is a perfect example of high style and inventive storage. When cloud-based just won't cut it, the Keys will.
PRICE: $19.99, 29.99, 54.99, 99.99
REQUIREMENTS: USB port
Super-cool style. Convenient keyring storage. Flash drive works great.
Plastic plug that covers the gold connectors falls off way too easily and will be quickly lost by many. 16GB and 32GB models are overpriced.