MEGATech Showcase: Fantastic Flash Drives For Fall Beth Snyder September 24, 2012 Features It’s my favourite time again…flash drives! This collection should have something for pretty much anyone, no matter if you prefer something simple or something pretty or something goofy. Starting with our first offering, which is being billed as a “Green Giant Cartoon” (I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess they really wanted it to be the Hulk, but didn’t want to deal with getting the rights). You pull him apart mid-chest to access the 16GB flash drive hidden away inside. This one will run you just about $20.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets OK, so I have to admit…I know absolutely nothing about this one, I just found a picture of it online. I suppose if I wasn’t entirely too lazy I could probably have looked it up further to find out things like capacity, price and availability. But…I didn’t. Because that’s how I’m being just now, sorry. Anyway, if you really want one I’m sure you can find out about it, right? I just thought a flash drive hidden in a throwing star was neat. Source: TechEBlog The running joke at work is that I often get distracted by a shiny thing. Well, this would give me the perfect excuse! This metallic faceted flash drive is made of stainless steel, and comes in blue, red or silver. It comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software which can password-protect your sensitive files while leaving others open for viewing without needing one. There is also optional secure online storage up to 2GB for an additional cost. The 32GB drive is $45.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Here’s one that’s much simpler if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s also supposed to be ideal for your car audio system. I’m apparently out of the loop, as I had no idea there were car audio systems with USB inputs, but how neat that there is! Its specially formulated plastic is said to withstand up to 40% higher temperatures than a normal plastic USB, making it safer to leave it in your car. As you can see in the picture it is very tiny, so it’s easy to transport whatever you want on it. At 16GB and an MSRP of just $10.00 US, you really haven’t got much to lose here. Source: techREACTION Now this, I just find neat. Not only does it hold 32GB of data (or 64GB if you prefer), but it is constructed of zamac, which is a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper. It’s supposed to be able to withstand crushing by a 10-ton truck, and watertight up to 100 meters. It will also resist up to 5 meter drops as well as extremely hot or cold temperatures (+200C / -50). It’s not cheap, though…the 32GB version will cost you well over $60.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Back to the more whimsical side! I have been known to enjoy a glass of wine or two of an evening, so this caught my eye. ADATA offers up this wine bottle flash drive ranging from 8GB to 32GB, in a glossy metal exterior available in either gold or red. There is a hole in the cork area of the bottle so you can use it with a keychain or lanyard. This one costs anywhere from $10.99 US to $26.99 US depending on capacity. Source: Ubergizmo This one totally reminds me of a Zippo lighter. Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, this 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive is housed in chrome and black leather for a more modern and stylish look. The USB connector slides in and out of the back by turning a knob, as opposed to removing a cap as you would assume by looking at the picture. You can pick one up now for $28.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Typically I don’t think of drinking beer and traveling data as related concepts, but I’m willing to stretch a little in the interest of checking out another flash drive. This drive from PNY will be available anywhere from 2GB through 64GB, and also offers you a bottle opener. It’s housed in stainless steel, but for some reason is only USB 2.0. No word yet on availability or pricing. Source: TechFresh I seem to have found a bunch of classy looking drives this time around. Odd. Anyway, this one is also chrome and black leather, and is mounted on a key fob. Rather than a removable cap, the leather flap can be opened to reveal the flash drive, then re-attached to keep it safe from harm. This one is 32GB and costs $20.50 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Wasn’t there a plastic Army guy flash drive a while back? I think there was. Well, now he has a counterpart…the flash drive tank. It seems wrong to pull apart a tank to access your data, but I would totally trust a tank to protect it. This one is of compact size and light weight, offers 16GB of data storage, and can be yours for just over $27.00 US. Source: Geek Alerts More chrome! This one swivels to reveal the flash drive, then swivels back to protect it as it travels around on your keyring. It is very compact in size, measuring shorter in length than a standard-size key. It even supports USB 3.0! At 32GB, this one runs right around $18.00 US. Source 7 Gadgets It’s a flash drive! It’s a case for your new Samsung Galaxy S III! It’s both! I am really kind of liking this trend toward including a removable flash drive in phone cases. Because while it’s easier than falling off a log to lose a flash drive, most of us are pretty fanatical about keeping track of our phones. The drive comes in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB, and the case is available in seven different colours. Price ranges from $35.00 US to $50.00 US depending on capacity. Source: YourTechReport Still more chrome! But this one is heart-shaped and also has rhinestones, so it falls under the pretty category. It’s very compact and comes with a keychain attached, so it’s easy to carry wherever you need it. It’s a little disconcerting that you have to break the heart in half to get at its data, but maybe you could look at it as keeping information close to your heart, and looking within to find it. Or something like that. I’m really not much of a romantic. This offers 32GB of storage, and costs right around $55.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Finally, we have a USB hub from the “why do people want this” files. I know, I know, Hello Kitty is a HUGE thing, especially in Japan. I don’t get it. And this four-port hub is really pretty disturbing, isn’t it? Anyway, each of Hello Kitty’s hands and feet is a female USB, while out of the top of her head is the male USB to connect to your computer. It requires no batteries, and will cost you $15.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!