XtremeKey thumb drive blends style with durability


— 3:33 PM on July 13, 2010

USB thumb drives are a dime a dozen these days. Actually, I think they might be down to a nickel. We don't often cover them here at TR, but one catches our eye every so often. I'm particularly fond of the indestructible variety, if only because that gives me an excuse to do silly things, like strap Corsair's Survivor GT in the path of rocks, mud, and other debris kicked up my by mountain bike's front tire. Now, there's a new contender for the title of world's most durable flash drive: LaCie's XtremeKey.

Available in 8-64GB capacities, the XtremeKey puts its flash inside a metal pipe crafted from a fancy four-metal alloy that LaCie identifies as "zamac" (but is probably Zamak). The company claims that casing will protect the drive should it ever be run over by a 10-ton truck. The XtremeKey can also survive falls up to five meters and temperatures between -50° and 200°C. Oh, look, an Xtreme promotional video:

It's a shame the video doesn't end with the XtremeKey being ravaged by the meat tenderizer. Or a blender.  LaCie probably didn't want to scuff up the drive's brushed metal finish, which nicely complements the minimalist industrial design.

In the blurb preceding the press release that hit our inbox, LaCie says the XtremeKey offers "industry leading USB Key speeds of up to 40 M[B]/s." Apparently, that industry doesn't include SuperSpeed USB 3.0. We've yet to encounter a USB 3.0 drive that can survive being run over by a truck, though.

   
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