Tiny drive, big appeal

Recently we were given opportunity to review the Zpen, a multifunctional digital pen to help digitalize your notes made by Dane-Elec. Now, our friends at Dane-Elec have now announced a new product called the Mini-Mate. The Mini-Mate is a miniscule USB Flash Drive that measures 1cm thick, and 4 cm long, still managing an impressive 2GB of storage, and high speed read and write rates.

The drive is compared to the size of a jelly bean, and is competitively up in the ranks of the smallest USB drives available such as the Sony Micro Vault or the Imation Atom.

Separating this drive from the competition is its material and location of the key ring. The drive is enclosed by a thin rubber casing, protecting it from nature's downpours, or even a day at the beach. The key ring is attached to the drive itself, so in case you happen to lose the lid, the drive is still safe with you.

The 2GB Mini-Mate is available in 2 colours, blue and green. A 4GB red version will soon be available.

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In my opinion, there is a line between small size being an asset, and an inconvenience. By the look of it, that crosses the line. The chances of me losing my 3" USB drive are pretty high, losing this would be a dead certain.

(Majesticmerc said @ #9)
In my opinion, there is a line between small size being an asset, and an inconvenience. By the look of it, that crosses the line. The chances of me losing my 3" USB drive are pretty high, losing this would be a dead certain.

I can see your point, there is a high chance of loosing it.

But also its small enough to fit on your keys and not be annoying, so there is less chance of you forgetting it (either taking it somewhere or leaving it somewhere). Might be interested in the 4Gb version, if the price is right mind.

I grew up with the original 10p coin, not the 1992 mini version, so that picture is damn confusing.
Coins should never be used to show scale if the item is to be viewed by an international audience.

Ok so for us non Euros how big is a 10 Euro piece? Quarter, dime, nickel, half dollar, help us ignorant Americans out :P

How did this ever make it to the front page? A whole post dedicated to a thumb drive? Its available in more than one color? Reallyyyy? Joy.

Don't know what rock you've been sitting under... Neowin has always had front page reviews. And this is in no way advertising.

This just appeared far more blatant and isn't actually a review... it's announcing there will be review. Not only that but a product like this should be kept to a review section - it's an existing product made a bit smaller. It smacks completely of advertising rather than providing a service to readers of Neowin.

who is making such devices with key ring attached to the cap? i thought this device includes some sort of encryption/protection or atleast rock bottom prices. but i find nothing innovative here. just another USB drive.

I don't think that's really that small... I got a Super Talent Pico-C and it's smaller with 8GB of storage. The only thing missing is the waterproof rubber.