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I just received a sample USB key from LaCie. Can you spot it among my keys above? Hint: it sports the LaCie logo. ;) Aside from the logo, it does look like a key. In fact, it’s called the iamaKey. Go figure. iamaKey comes in 4GB […]

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I just received a sample USB key from LaCie. Can you spot it among my keys above? Hint: it sports the LaCie logo. ;) Aside from the logo, it does look like a key. In fact, it’s called the iamaKey. Go figure.

lacie-key-speedsiamaKey comes in 4GB and 8GB capacities: I have the smaller one on loan. LaCie says the contacts are gold, making them water and scratch resistant, although I’m not going to submerge the flash drive. They’re fast too: LaCie claims up to 30 Mbps for reads and 10 Mbps for writes. Using the CrystalDiskMark application, I tested the speeds and found LaCie to be generally spot-on with sequential data; random reads and writes are noticeably slower.

Yup, there are plenty of USB flash drives out there that fit on a keyring. Call the iamaKey a gimmick, and you’d be correct. The MSRP for the 4GB model is $17.99, while another $10 will double your capacity. LaCie is also introducing two other USB key solutions today: the itsakey and the passKey. The former is just like the loaner I have but it offers a different design. The latter is a key-shaped microSD card reader.

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  1. Sure, it’s a gimmick, but a pretty neat one, as far as I’m concerned. I already carry a flash drive and a microSD reader on my keychain, and I’m not going to lie about it, it does look a little nerdy (and slightly bulky, even though they both are tiny). Something like these would look much more natural.

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    1. Though, the microSD reader one looks too thick, really.

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  2. Hey Kevin, I hope that’s not your front door key there in the picture. They have software that lets you dupe a key like that from a picture. Next thing you know the cows will be inside drinking your beer when you get home.

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    1. Nah, these are actually my neighbor’s keys. I used his in my pics to keep my home safe and sound from stray cows and the like. ;)

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  3. That is a very cool concept. wish it had a cover to protect dirt and life from getting on it. not sure I would want to mess up my usb ports.

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  4. Does it come with some sort of cap to lose? Or can you toss it in your pocket like that? Hmmm.

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  5. There is a small, clear plastic U-shaped cover that protects the contacts. I didn’t show that in a pic. I’d say it’s easy to lose, based on the small size.

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  6. I just ordered one. The plastic cap is probably going to go into the wash along with my keys ;)

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