Apparently I wasn't the only one thinking you should pick up some flash drives to use as stocking stuffers. It hasn't been very long since my last collection, and already my file of new ones is full. Let's explore some of the latest offerings for storing your data, shall we?

First up is the baseball flash drive, perfect for the sports fan in your life. This comes in 4GB only, and has a transfer rate of up to 480Mbit per second. It weighs just four ounces, so you probably shouldn't really play ball with it. But you can toss it to someone else to share your data with them and pretend, right? You can pick one up for around $25.00 US.

Source: Geek Alerts

Next up we have an 8GB model for the girly-girl, because girls love koalas and crystals and pink (yeah, I know...that was very stereotypical of me). This one comes covered in crystal or ringstone (there's that ringstone again...is it maybe what I know as rhinestone?) and chrome. Being that it's crystal, it weighs over a pound, so it won't be terribly practical to carry around with you, but it does feature a keychain attachment. Unfortunately, it's out of stock with no word on when it might be available. But it's listed at $27.99 US when it shows up again.

In the same posting we see another crystal concoction, this one in the shape of a heart that can be worn as a necklace. Also 8GB, also covered in crystals, this one comes in at two pounds. But alas, for this one is also not currently available. List price is $25.99 US, however.

Source: 7 Gadgets

This one isn't a fun shape, but it's going to be infinitely more practical. Kingston's new DataTraveler HyperX 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive is a monster, but not necessarily in actual size. It comes in 64GB ($135.00 US), 128GB ($285.00 US) and 256B ($661.00 US). Obviously these are way more expensive than anything else I typically feature, but if you think about it, they're totally worth it. Each one measures 2.952" x 0.916" x 0.626" (74.99mm x 23.29mm x 15.9mm) and comes with a removable cap that has a lanyard loop.

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Here we have another offering from Kingston, the Data Traveler 109. This one is tiny compared to most flash drives, measuring just 1.535? x 0.486? x 0.179? (39.00mm x 12.35mm x 4.55mm) and weighing in a just over a gram. The neat thing for me is the lanyard hole, which is actually big enough to use as opposed to being tiny like the rest of the drive. It comes preloaded with the 122MB URDrive software and applications suite, which according to Kingston "offers engaged, active storage that allows you to easily access and organize your files, photos, videos and music. You can get this one in either 8GB ($13.55 US) or 16GB ($17.25 US), and there are seven colours to choose from.

Source: The Gadgeteer

Cleanliness is next to godliness, right? Well, Lexar is helping you out with that. The fact that we carry our flash drives everywhere means they end up in some questionable environments, if only because other people may not be as diligent about washing their hands as we are. So these flash drives come treated with Microban antimicrobial product protection. Neat, huh? They're available in 4GB ($9.11 US), 8GB ($14.25 US), 16GB ($22.36 US), 32GB ($38.98 US) and 64GB (83.70 US), and also come in a variety of colours.

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Normally, you would never hear a woman say this, but sometimes smaller is better. Yeah, I went there. Anyway, Deonet has announced what it claims to be the world's smallest USB drive. It measures just 19.5 x 14.5 x 2.9 mm, but still houses 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of memory. Supposedly, when it's plugged into your USB port it hardly sticks out at all, meaning you can leave it there even when you travel your laptop. They've not announced pricing yet, but if you're into small things, then this might be for you. Me, I'd be afraid I'd constantly lose it...flash drives have a way of running away from me already.

Source: Gizmag

This one isn't quite as neat as the gun I posted last time, but it's still kinda interesting. I don't like that you don't get to point the gun at your computer to use it (in fact, you have to point it at yourself, which is never a good thing), but it'll do. It comes in 16GB for $35.99 US, and says it's covered in crystal or ringstone and chrome. Which is odd, considering the picture shows a black one. Anyway, it's handcrafted, so that makes it special, right?

Source: 7 Gadgets

USB 3.0 is here, and it ain't cheap. Toshiba has unveiled its offering, which will come in 32GB and 64GB for $102.00 US and $150.00 US respectively. What makes this one different is its power consumption...according to Toshiba, it has a low power ASIC controller and dedicated high speed NAND flash memory. It will provide read and write speeds of up to 220MB/s and 94MB/s on USB 3.0, but is also backward compatible to USB 2.0 (which changes the read/write to 34MB/s and 30MB/s). These are supposed to hit the US some time in February.

Source: Ubergizmo

I cannot tell you how badly I want this. It's a hub, it's three USB flash drives...it's brilliant! Besides which, it makes me giggle. And the rule is, if it makes me giggle it must be mine. Unfortunately, this appears to be either a concept or an artist's rendering, as I can't find anything about availability or pricing. But still...worthy of being included based on the giggle factor.

Source: TechEBlog

I'll close out this selection with another hub, which is one you can actually buy. It's a four-port hub, which is pretty ridiculously huge at 5" tall x 4 3/4" wide x 6" deep. But really, if you're a fan of M&Ms, how can you resist picking one up? At $29.99 US, it's even fairly affordable.


Source: 7 Gadgets

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