Posted by: kurtsh | December 22, 2006

NEWS: Buslink 64GB USB 2.0 keychain flash drive = $5,629

Buslink USB 2.0 Flash Drive PRO 2 Series – USB flash drive – 64 GB… Cost: $5629.00
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=959056

PRODUCT FEATURES:

    • High performance 20/ 15 M/Sec read/write;
    • Password protection option;
    • Small and lightweight design for easy portability;
    • Compliant with USB Hi-Speed standard with up to 480Mbits/sec data rate, 40 times faster than USB 1.1;
    • Supports up to 128 devices on the USB bus;
    • Easy Mac and Windows plug and play, supports hot plugging and dynamic reconfiguration;
    • USB Mass Storage Device class compatible;
    • Write protect switch to prevent accidental erasure;
    • Bus-powered, no external power needed;
    • Low power consumption in active and suspend mode;
    • Support Advanced Power Management functions;
    • Solid State Flash memory with 10 years (typical) data retention;
    • Durable, shock resistant, longer life for your data;
    • NAND Flash Solid State memory;
    • Insertion endurance: 5000 cycles (Min);

Yes, you read that correctly: 64GB for 5 LARGE.  Now I’m somewhat reknown for being spendthrift here at Microsoft, throwing money at idiotic discretionary technology purchases (a little less of that goin’ on of course now that I’m married) but I’ll still pick up an Xbox 360 or a USB External Hard drive at a moment’s notice.

This however is beyond me.  You could buy two Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM HP top-of-the-line laptops for the same cash.  On one hand, I’m pleased that the technology is, uh, available to make something like this because it means eventually the price will be reasonable and that we’ll all be able to store our life’s work on our keychains.

But in the meantime, I’ll just stick with my 4GB Apacer Ultra-high performance 200x USB flash drive.  Folks, if you don’t have one of these, they’re $99 and they are sooooooooooooo worth it.  Imagine doing video editing on 4GB of flash media that is 4x faster than even the fastest 10,000 RPM server hard drives.


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