Over the year’s we can’t even begin to tell you how many press releases we’ve received by way of a thumb drive. CES is probably the biggest contributor to this unsolicited and unofficial collection. However, every time we need a thumb drive we just can’t seem to find one. And that’s why we were so quick to request the Lacie PetiteKey – one should be in the mail already.
This isn’t Lacie’s first thumb drive molded in the form of a traditional household key. However, this one is their smallest and most rugged as it’s resistant to splashes, spills, and even deep-sea dives up to 100-meters. So if you go fishing and drop your computer in the drink with this flash drive plugged into its USB port, the only thing that will come back working is Lacie’s PetiteKey. That or you happen to drop it into the laundry machine with your keys.
Surely that’s secure enough, at least from a physical standpoint, but for those that demand security by way of data they can rest easy as the PetiteKey comes with LaCie’s Private-Public software, which helps to keep your data safe with AES 256-bit encryption and password protection (sectioned off or not). Buy the 16GB PetiteKey and Lacie will give you the same amount of storage in their cloud based storage service for up to 1-year free of charge, which is accessible any where you’ve got an Internet connection. In terms of size the Lacie PetiteKey measures 1.16-inches long (41mm) and weighs just 8g - innocuous enough to be adhered to your key chain.
The Lacie PetiteKey is available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB sizes for $15, $23, and $40 respectively.