MEGATech Showcase: Flash Drives Are Everywhere Beth Snyder April 10, 2013 Features My file of flash drives is full, and it’s my birthday week. Since I am at heart really a small child, I am taking that as a sign that I need to do another showcase post, so here we are. There are some pretty good ones in this collection, I have to admit. Because really, one can never have too many flash drives. Well, ok, it would actually be pretty easy to have too many. Whatever. I’m going to feed my obsession now…want to come along? A while back, I jokingly said something about getting a Mercedes for my birthday. It would neither shock nor amaze me to find that someone has gotten me this Benz-style flash drive…and I would be happy to use it. Not only does it offer 16GB of storage, but it’s got a working watch face ringed with crystals. What more could a girl ask for, lacking a real car? If you would like one for your very own, you only have to shell out about $17.00 US. Source: Geek Alerts Who couldn’t use a terra cotta army? These are modeled after the ones buried with Chinas first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and they are fabulous. They come in gray, mud, or light brown colours, and each one stands 2.5 inches tall. They only offer 2GB of storage each, for $15.00 US. Which makes it nothing like cost-effective if you plan to set up the entire 8,000-soldier army, but getting one of each colour doesn’t seem too out of the question. Source: Craziest Gadgets Rainbow Dash! I know, I already posted the press release for this one, but…it’s Rainbow Dash! And it’s by Mimoco! You knew I couldn’t resist. As with all Mimobots, this one comes loaded with software, avatars, sounds, etc., and is fully licensed. If you’re not familiar with everything that comes with all of their drives by now, you simply haven’t been paying attention. The 64GB version only costs $69.99 US, so what are you waiting for? Source: 7 Gadgets Here’s one for the ladies who like a little something pretty to brighten their lives, or for anyone who enjoys a little bling. This diamante-encrusted flash drive is appropriately named My Pretty USB, and offers 2GB of data storage. Each one comes with a velvet storage pouch, or you can choose to mount it on a chain to wear around your neck. The silver/clear crystal version costs $59.95 US, while the silver/pink crystal version (which comes with a key ring rather than a neck chain) will run you $49.95 US. Source: Gadget Chick I’m sure I’ve featured these before, but they’re really cool so I’m going to repeat myself and not feel at all bad about it. R2-D2 cufflinks that are also flash drives! How can you resist? They are silver-plated with enamel designs, and the backs are traditional whale-tail cufflink attachments. They can even be engraved on the back for a personal touch. Each one offers 2GB of data storage for a total of 4GB, and they cost $200.00 US per pair. Source: The Gadgeteer I have already ordered one of these. My working life offline requires I carry an adjustable wrench at all times, so this just screamed to be mine. Couple that with having birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, and I simply had to have one. It holds just 4GB of data, but it was just entirely too much fun to resist. If you want one so you can be cool like me, it’s going to cost you $39.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets I have to admit, I’m not much of a comic book fan, nor of the movies made from them. But, I totally get how these characters are popular, and that many of you probably want them. And because they’re flash drives, I wouldn’t say no if someone were to give me one. You get to choose from the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America, and each one holds 8GB of data. They stand between three and four inches tall, and while they normally cost $19.99 US each, right now the first three (excluding Captain America) are on sale for just $5.99 US from BestBuy.com. Why not get them all? Source: Geek Alerts Here’s a thought…a flash drive you can write on so you know what the heck you saved on it! The extra bonus to these is you actually get four of them mounted on recycled paper, and you can tear one off as needed. The entire four-pack is about the same size as a credit card, which means it’ll easily fit in your wallet or briefcase. Each drive holds 1GB of data for a total of 4GB on the card, and while they’re obviously not meant for long-term use, they sure would come in handy if you find yourself needing to save something and your regular drive is full. They’d also be nice for giving people data, since you wouldn’t really have to worry about getting one back. Unfortunately, this is just a concept right now. Source: Gizmodiva If the Iron Man drive above caught your eye, how about a whole set dedicated to him? These are modeled from Iron Man 3, and there are (appropriately enough), three different styles. You get to choose between the patriot head, repulsor hand, and arc reactor. Each one has a retractable USB plug, and they are available with either 8GB or 16GB of storage. It appears that they are currently only available in Australia, and will be out later this month. Looks like they’re going to cost about $33.00 AUD. Source: Technabob Lately it seems a flash drive collection is not complete without a wristband style, and this one is no exception. This wristband drive is made of silicone rubber, and is available in eight different colours (Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Blue, Yellow, White & Black) to suit pretty much anyone’s style. They’re available in 2GB ($15.95 US) through 64GB ($54.95 US), and everything in between. Source: Gadget Chick It doesn’t matter how many USB ports you have, you always need at least one more. Enter the chili pepper USB hub, which gives you an additional three ports (I would say four, since it’s a four-port hub, but since it uses one you’re really only three ahead). You get to choose from red or green, and it measures approximately 130 x 35 x 22mm. I have to admit I’m also intrigued by the LEGO-looking flash drives in the picture, so I’ll be seeking those out forthwith. Anyway, if you’d like one, it’ll only cost you $10.00 US. Source: Gizmodiva I’m closing this one out with something that is not a flash drive, nor is it a hub. But it is neat, and I can see where it would come in very handy. Meet the Standalone USB 2.0 Flash Drive Duplicator and Eraser by StarTech. What it does, is copy and/or erase your flash drives without requiring you to plug them into a computer. According to the specs, it is capable of copying/cloning to SD/ SDHC/ Micro SD/ MMC/ Mini SD/ CF media through a USB multimedia card reader (sold separately), and to hard drives or solid state drives through a hard drive docking station or USB enclosure. It’s not cheap, though. If you want one, you’re going to have to come up with about $212.00 US. Source: The Gadgeteer Share This With The World!