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RuggedKey USB 3.0 Drive Survives 100m Drops

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LaCie does it again with a brand new, ultra rugged USB flash drive.

If you're a clumsy person who tends to drop your USB flash drives off of skyscrapers, you may need to get yourself one of LaCie's "RuggedKey" USB 3.0 sticks. Designed to protect your data from the forces of water, extreme temperatures and heights, the device features LaCie's signature orange cushion that wraps itself around the actual drive.

LaCie RuggedKey USB

According to the company's release, the RuggedKey features transfer rates of up to 150MB/s using USB 3.0. As far as actual speeds go, a couple of tests run by Engadget reveal an 850MB video file transfers from the drive to a Retina MacBook Pro at the advertised rate of 150MB/s. Write speeds on the other hand, weren't as impressive clocking in at 40MB/s.Although we can't imagine too many situations where most people would need a drive this durable, it doesn't hurt to be too cautious. Especially if the cost for that caution is relatively cheap. With a price tag ringing in at $40 for a 16GB drive or $70 for a 32GB drive, the RuggedKey is a great choice for anybody looking for a USB 3.0 flash drive.

 

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    lamorpa , August 6, 2012 4:59 PM
    Yes, but can you drop a 10 story building on it? That's the real test...
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    mrmaia , August 6, 2012 4:31 PM
    It kinda looks like a mini orange grenade in the 2nd photo. I wonder what happens if you walk with one of those in an airport.
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    CaedenV , August 6, 2012 4:21 PM
    falling on grass... with no moving parts... I bet my Corsair flash drive would be fine for this test as well. Dropped on concrete... that may be a different story.

    I imagine the hardest part is finding your flash drive if you drop it from 100m without having spotters looking for where it lands.
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    rohitbaran , August 6, 2012 4:29 PM
    Meh. My Corsair Survivor USB drive can survive that too.
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    mrmaia , August 6, 2012 4:31 PM
    It kinda looks like a mini orange grenade in the 2nd photo. I wonder what happens if you walk with one of those in an airport.
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    house70 , August 6, 2012 4:33 PM
    caedenvfalling on grass... with no moving parts... I bet my Corsair flash drive would be fine for this test as well. Dropped on concrete... that may be a different story.I imagine the hardest part is finding your flash drive if you drop it from 100m without having spotters looking for where it lands.

    I guess that's why it's orange.
    Anything that's lightweight, has no moving parts and is wrapped in shock-absorbing foam will survive that fall. You could take your USB drive and wrap it in something like this and voila, you have a shock resistant drive without the price premium.
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    freggo , August 6, 2012 4:40 PM
    You could have dropped it from 10 miles up with the same result.
    The little bugger will reach 'terminal velocity' after a fewseconds and than continue falling at a more or less constant speed; and landing onto 'grass' is of course cheating. How about a nice parking lot ? :-)
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    Xenturion , August 6, 2012 4:43 PM
    With something as light as a Flash Drive, I'm fairly certain there's a great number of them who could survive such a fall, even onto concrete. Sure, it may crack the cover and case, but I'd bet you they'd still work.
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    festerovic , August 6, 2012 4:51 PM
    I've been waiting/for a girl like you
    To come into my heart/With USB 3.0 speed

    can I run over it? Can a fat man step on it? Also does not look 2 year old proof (no slidey thing)These are more important than dropping off a 10 story building.
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    lamorpa , August 6, 2012 4:59 PM
    Yes, but can you drop a 10 story building on it? That's the real test...
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    burmese_dude , August 6, 2012 5:21 PM
    A great product for clumsy Superman.
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    burmese_dude , August 6, 2012 5:24 PM
    I should say... A great product for clumsy Superman who download pr0n.
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    freggo , August 6, 2012 5:49 PM
    lamorpaYes, but can you drop a 10 story building on it? That's the real test...


    LOL; good one ! Thanks for making me smile :-)
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    A Bad Day , August 6, 2012 6:06 PM
    freggoYou could have dropped it from 10 miles up with the same result.The little bugger will reach 'terminal velocity' after a fewseconds and than continue falling at a more or less constant speed; and landing onto 'grass' is of course cheating. How about a nice parking lot ? :-)


    Or, roll it over with a steamroller. :) 
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    baddad , August 6, 2012 7:19 PM
    this will do just as well for $22 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233249
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    teddymines , August 6, 2012 7:47 PM
    I'd love to see one of these with an integrated biometric sensor.
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    COLGeek , August 6, 2012 8:06 PM
    Dropping it from a mile high (or more) would have the same result. Once the device reaches terminal velocity, the distance doesn't matter. Nice marketing hooey though for the uninformed.
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    madooo12 , August 6, 2012 11:27 PM
    yes I throw my flash drive as hard as I can on hard surfaces and it never breaks, those things are light so they are durable
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    SteelCity1981 , August 7, 2012 1:03 AM
    put a tracker on it and drop it from 13,000 feet.
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    derekullo , August 7, 2012 5:41 AM
    I bought a corsair flash drive a few years ago. With it being covered in all sides with rubber i was able to throw it against a wall and it still works cause it just bounces off. It's even been through the washer / dryer cycle a few times. Saying a device with no moving parts is able to survive a shock isn't saying much. But i bet this flash drive won't "blend" as well as mine would.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , August 7, 2012 6:47 PM
    Yes but if my dog eats it, will it still work?
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    WyomingKnott , August 7, 2012 8:32 PM
    GreaseMonkey_62Yes but if my dog eats it, will it still work?

    Yes, but I don't value my data enough to use it after that.

    Or did you mean will the dog still work?
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