MEGATech Showcase: So You Say You Need a New Flash Drive? We Can Help! Beth Snyder October 8, 2012 Features It's that time again! Time for more USB flash drives! There are some pretty good ones in this collection, so even though I just did a showcase not too long ago I'm doing another one. Besides, it's never too early to start shopping for stocking stuffers, right? Let's get right to it. First up is a companion drive to the ones Mimoco sent me a bit ago. This one, obviously, is R2-D2, and I want him. As with all their drives, he comes pre-loaded with digital content (wallpapers, sounds, etc.), and is available from 8GB up to 32GB. The 16GB will run you $29.99 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Next up are the Avengers. All four of them, as action figures that house flash drives. Each one offers 8GB of storage, and these ones you don't have to pull apart your heroes to use...the USB part slides out of the rock base each one is standing on. They are available for $16.99 US each, but Best Buy will be offering a special package with the DVD which will include all four at a price to be named later. Source: Geeky Gadgets Is that a grenade in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Yeah, ok, maybe that wasn't so appropriate, but as soon as I saw this one it's what leapt to mind, so there you go. This one offers you 16GB of storage, and has a hole so you can mount it on your keychain. To access the drive, just pull off the top (but not the pin...never pull the pin on a grenade unless you intend to use it). You can make one yours for around $20.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets As you can see, this one doesn't fall into the "goofy shape" category, but it's still neat. This one is a USB security key, and comes with a built-in 128-bit AES hardware encryption and supports for Windows 7/Vista/XP operating system. Not a bad way to go about protecting your data, now is it? If you want one, you'll only have to shell out 1,999 Yen (about $25.00 US). Source: TechFresh I may have already posted about these, but they bear repeating. I just like how they look. Available in either silver or gold, these 32GB flash drives will let people know you're serious about your data. Or that you're an aspiring criminal, one of the two. Because who wouldn't want to carry around a bullet with their data in it? These are really reasonably priced at about $17.00 US each. Source: 7 Gadgets "Anybody want a peanut?" If you didn't just hear that line in your head in Andre the Giant's voice, shame on you. Get thee to Netflix or whatever other movie rental company you like and get the Princess Bride immediately. And when you're done watching it, you might as well grab one of these 32GB peanut-shaped flash drives, too. It's only about $16.00 US, so you have no excuse not to pick one up. Source: Geek Alerts OK, I admit it. I am not a Transformers fan. I wasn't when I was a kid when the originals came out, and I'm not now that the new generation is here. But I still think the Decepticon flash drive is pretty neat. That counts for something, right? The casing is stainless steel, and the drive itself holds 16GB of data. It measures 2-1/4" x 2" x 3/8" D, and because of its construction it weighs in at more than four ounces. You can make one yours for $23.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Speaking of metal flash drives, how about a robot? They call it the "ego", although I'm not quite sure why. It offers 32GB of data storage, and promises read/write speeds of 22MB/s and 12MB/s. If you want one, it's going to cost you about $30.00 US. Source: TechFresh And we come full circle, closing this one out with an R2-D2 USB hub. He offers four ports, and every time you plug something in he makes a sound. I'll go ahead and assume you know what sounds he'll be making. If not, my comment about the video rental holds true here as well...rent Star Wars while you're at it, pretty much any one of them will do. He measures 8 1/4-inches tall x 4 3/4-inches wide x 3 3/4-inches long, and will cost you about $45.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!