Credit Card-Sized USB HDD is Already Too Big

Freecom is offering a USB storage device that's roughly the size of a credit card (8.2 x 5.8 cm). Granted the device is no where near as thin as a MasterCard or Visa, owners can slip it into a pocket or possibly a big fat wallet without looking too geeky (*cough* Tuan *cough*). Still, the 160 GB drive is rather pricey despite its size: $155 USD; the company also offers a 120 GB version. But it sure beats hanging a low-storage USB stick around your neck like a nerdy necklace.

Based on the device specs, the drive doesn't need a cooling fan, and even leeches power right off the USB port (rather than requiring a separate AC adapter). The drive also features a form-fitting injection-molded rubber shell for an easy grip, and will work on most systems including PCs, TVs with a USB port, and hi-fi car systems. The specs also say that the drive offers transfer specs up to 480 Mbit/s via USB 2.0.

"Simply plug the USB Memory, with its conveniently small and light USB cable, into any computer’s USB port and take your spreadsheets, documents, movies, photos or music anywhere you go," said the company. "The Freecom USB Memory is the latest development in Freecom’s ongoing pursuit of making storage more accessible, useable and convenient."

The 120 GB and 160 GB drives are available on the website.

Recently though, there have been new 128 GB USB sticks released, which makes something like this seem well, big.

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  • ubernoobie
    omg maybe 10 mb/s read and 5mb/s write :o
  • Shadow703793
    $155 for 160GB is better deal than a Kingston USB Flash drive (256GB) for $900. For some with spare cash $155 is not a bad price.
  • Swivelguy
    Um, is this a news item, or just advertising?