Tuesday, June 15th 2010

AMP Ships Ultra-Slim Key Shaped USB Drive

Active Media Products (AMP), manufacturer of SSDs and innovative USB drives, today began shipping a new key-shaped USB 2.0 drive in 4GB and 8GB capacities that measures a mere 3mm thick.

This is an excellent drive for carrying data with you anywhere. The sleek key shape fits on any key chain and holds an amazing amount of data - up to 2400 six megapixel photos or up to 2000 MP3 songs. "The Key drive makes an excellent gift, and is ideal for transporting data anywhere," stated Active Media Products' VP of Sales, Jerry Thomson. Measuring only 2.3 x 1.1 x 0.1 inches (58 x 29 x 3 mm), the Key drive is compatible with Windows, Linux and OS X, and USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1.
Both 4GB and 8GB USB Key drives are available now through Amazon and directly through AMP's webstore.
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19 Comments on AMP Ships Ultra-Slim Key Shaped USB Drive

#1
KainXS
put it in and twist
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#2
hat
Enthusiast
Very interesting... perfect for fitting on a keychain.
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#3
erixx
I had (yes "had") one by LaCie, until I lost my keys.... I hadn't lost keys in 10 years... Nice idea but beware what you copy there!
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
the problem i see is that those of us who put keys in pants pockets are likely to sit on them, causing the contacts to get scratched, and maybe the whole unit to get bent/snapped.


Works well for ladies to carry around in their purse, however :P


quite interesting how they say its compatible with USB 3.0, i'm quite sure you cant call a USB 2.0 device USB 3.0 compatible (its moreso that the USB 3.0 port is USB 2.0 compatible)
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#5
Loosenut
Mussels, post: 1929810"
...quite interesting how they say its compatible with USB 3.0, i'm quite sure you cant call a USB 2.0 device USB 3.0 compatible (its moreso that the USB 3.0 port is USB 2.0 compatible)
I agree, it's just more of the same "innovative marketing" crap ;)
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
Loosenut, post: 1929816"
I agree, it's just more of the same "innovative marketing" crap ;)
they probably thought it was smart marketing, but if its on the product box at all, i smell a lawsuit
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#7
epicfail
maybe there just trying to make it say if you fit it into a usb 3, usb conector its gonna work lol. in a better sounding way?
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#8
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Mussels, post: 1929820"
they probably thought it was smart marketing, but if its on the product box at all, i smell a lawsuit
Doubtful. The PR clearly states it's a USB 2.0 device and is compatible with all type of USB ports (and OS's for that matter). I don't think a lawsuit would stick.
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#10
Sihastru
It's ok, but LaCie has at least three models just like this one, and they look better too... so I don't see the "innovative" part...
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
Kreij, post: 1929852"
Doubtful. The PR clearly states it's a USB 2.0 device and is compatible with all type of USB ports (and OS's for that matter). I don't think a lawsuit would stick.
its very very thin ice.

to be compatible with USB3.0 it has to run at 3.0 speeds... how would you react to a "USB2.0 compatible" flash drive that only worked at 1.1 speeds? yeah, you'd take it back.
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#12
_JP_
Sihastru, post: 1929903"
It's ok, but LaCie has at least three models just like this one, and they look better too... so I don't see the "innovative" part...
Same first thing ran trough my mind...
And it's not like it wasn't that long ago, it really was. LaCie has been making these key-shaped USB drives for a long time now and I must say, they even look more robust than these.
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#13
Delta6326
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_FBi, post: 1929856"]twist it twist it
thats what she said:rockout:

but i could really see these getting smashed or lost
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#14
1c3d0g
Too bad they don't ship to the Caribbean. I would've liked to have one. :(
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#15
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
only downside is if your keys are heavy i bet you would break the drive.
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#16
Wile E
Power User
Mussels, post: 1929908"
its very very thin ice.

to be compatible with USB3.0 it has to run at 3.0 speeds... how would you react to a "USB2.0 compatible" flash drive that only worked at 1.1 speeds? yeah, you'd take it back.
No, it's marketed as a USB 2.0 device, that is compatible with USB 3.0. That is 100% true. It does not have to work at 3.0 speeds to be merely compatible. There is no falsehood there at all.
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#17
Laurijan
cdawall, post: 1930569"
only downside is if your keys are heavy i bet you would break the drive.
And with exposed USB-contacts it wont last long on a key-chain with all sorts of scratching stuff on them.
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Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
1c3d0g, post: 1930282"
Too bad they don't ship to the Caribbean. I would've liked to have one. :(
Where are you at in the Caribbean?
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