Neowin Member Reviews: LaCie XtremKey

It's that time of the week again, where we showcase a review submitted by a member on our forums. Remember that we consider all reviews that are submitted here. Who knows, your review might make the front page next week!

This week we've selected Neowin subscriber +what for his review of the LaCie XtremKey.

I already have a selection of USB flash drives. My main two are a 16GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro which I bought a little over a year ago and mainly use to store music for my car, and a 512MB Sony MicroVault which I’ve had for several years and has never faulted me. I have several other flash drives of varying sizes lying around as well, but they’ve been sitting in the draw gathering dust since forever and probably don’t work now. Would be interesting to see what kind of 5 year old coursework I have on them if they do…

Anyway, while I can’t really complain about the reliability of these drives, one common complain I have is that they are all made of the same cheapo plastic and all have loose connectors. The MicroVault and the Cruzer Micro have sliding mechanisms, and the Cruzer’s in particular feels incredibly cheap and prone to snapping at any given moment. That’s why I have it sitting in my car and not in my pocket.

Enter the LaCie XtremKey. Now, most of LaCie’s products are made from high quality materials, but the XtremKey goes a little bit further in the quality department. I just thought I would share some of my thoughts on it here, and see whether it is worth the premium price tag.

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Its a USB Key, its for transporting data, not running the indy 500. If it doesnt copy data fast enough, think you need to slow down in life a little bit, youll give yourself a heart attack

Salty Wagyu said,
The fact that it wasn't going to be benchmarked made me stop reading the review already

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
Its a USB Key, its for transporting data, not running the indy 500. If it doesnt copy data fast enough, think you need to slow down in life a little bit, youll give yourself a heart attack

Well not really, I use USB keys for OS installations across computers since they're a ton faster than DVD installs. But some keys only do 10MB/sec read while others do 30-35MB/sec to max out the USB2 spec, it is quite a difference there.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
Its a USB Key, its for transporting data, not running the indy 500. If it doesnt copy data fast enough, think you need to slow down in life a little bit, youll give yourself a heart attack

+1