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SP&D' s Guide to Media Cards & Flash Drives
Innovations, Improvements, and Enhancements


Media Cards
Kodak/Lexar CF Card (top left); Fujifilm xD-Picture Card (top right); Kingston CompactFlash Elite Pro (bottom left); Lexar Professional Series CF Card (bottom right)
Media Cards and Flash Drives
Olympus 1GB xD-Picture Card (top left); PNY Technologies Optima CF (top right); Iomega Mini USB 2.0 Drive (bottom)
Media Cards
SanDisk Extreme III
Flash Drive
Kingston Technology DataTraveler Elite
Flash Drive
Lexar JumpDrive Lightning
Drives
MediaGear XtraDrives (left); Pexagon Store-It Drive (right)
Flash Drive
Memorex M-Flyer USB Flash Drive
Flash Drives
PNY Technologies Attache
Drives
Sony MicroVault (left); SanDisk Cruzer Profile (right)

Kingston Technology

Kingston Technology (www.kingston.com) offers an expanded DataTraveler USB 2.0 product line that's designed to serve varying needs of consumers. The company's Data Traveler Elite is designed for premium performance and safeguarding data for IT, corporate, and government organizations. DataTraveler Elite features Hi-Speed USB 2.0, advanced security and ease-of-use utilities. With DataTraveler Elite's TravelerSafe+ software, users can set password access control for a private data storage area that utilizes 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware-based encryption. If lost, this advanced hardware encryption system protects the data against unauthorized access.

Lexar

Lexar (www.lexar.com) recently added the JumpDrive Lightning to its line of USB flash drives. The JumpDrive Lightning features a striking stainless steel design with a read/write speeds of up to 160x/120x, and storage capacities of 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB. The drive offers data security, featuring both password-protected (256-bit AES encryption) and public storage areas on the drive, as well as synchronization software. The JumpDrive Lightning is Mac- and PC-compatible, however the file security and sync features are PC- compatible only. Coinciding with its introduction, everyone who orders a JumpDrive Lightning from www.lexar.com will be offered free engraving, of up to 20 characters.

MediaGear

MediaGear (www.mymediagear.com) is offering its next-generation keychain XtraDrives. What makes the XtraDrives different is that they are basically empty USB drives just waiting for consumers to slip in a media card. The XtraDrives have a colored, transparent cap so users can see if there is a media card inside.

With such a variety of card types on the market, there's now a brand new way to recycle these older cards. XtraDrives accommodate most card formats including CompactFlash Types I and II, Microdrives, SmartMedia, SD/MMC, Memory Stick and xD-Picture cards.

Memorex

Memorex (www.memorex.com) recently introduced the M-Flyer USB flash drive. The M-Flyer features a sleek design, retractable USB connector, software suite, blue light, and more. Available storage capacities include 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB.

Pexagon Technology

Pexagon Technology's (www.pexagon.com) Store-It is a USB 2.0 storage device that uses a 4GB Hitachi Microdrive as its storage medium. The drive is plug-and-play and compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X, appearing as a removable drive.

PNY Technologies

PNY Technologies (www.pny.com) introduced its new Attaché 2.0 USB Drive Accessory Kit, for those who want to express their individuality. The kit includes three interchangeable colored caps and jackets. The Attaché USB flash drives currently are available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB capacities.

SanDisk

SanDisk (www.sandisk.com) introduced the Cruzer Profile, a portable, high-speed USB 2.0 flash memory storage drive. The drive features added personal security capability to safeguard images and embedded fingerprint technology to help restrict access to the designated user. Cruzer Profile is available in 512MB and 1GB capacities with dual LEDs, one indicating USB functionality, the other providing status of the biometric fingerprint. Cruzer comes with three software programs: CruzerLock 2, a data file encryption program; CruzerSync, which synchronizes with Outlook data; and Cruzer PocketCache, which allows for file backups with minimal memory consumption.

Simple Technologies

Simple Technologies (www.simpletech.com) was one of the first companies to offer an upgradeable flash drive using removable media. The Bonzai Upgradeable features a newly enhanced enclosure, so you won't loose the cap when changing cards. The card slot is also spring loaded, so its easier to remove the media cards. And the drive features a convenient clip, attached to the body of the device. The Bonzai Xpress, introduced this Spring, uses embedded flash media, and features a sleek metallic light blue exterior. It offers enhanced security, requiring you to confirm your password before it will allow you to change it.

SmartDisk

SmartDisk (www.smartdisk.com) offers the PowerPlay Pro, a compact wireless remote control for your computer, that also incorporates 32MB of flash memory built-in, as well as a laser pointer. Compatible with Macs and PCs, and featuring a USB interface, the PowerPlay Pro lets you control your PowerPoint or Apple Keynote shows as well as save files to the unit.

Sony

Sony (www.sony.com) recently introduced a redesigned Micro Vault with Fingerprint Access. The unit stores and automatically enters user's website IDs and passwords by registering unique fingerprints through a sensor. The product offers double (256 MB) the flash memory capacity, a slimmer design, and a convenient "slide-up" cap to expose or cover the fingerprint sensor.

As in the original model, this device transfers data via a high-speed USB 2.0 digital interface. It offers a screen saver lock that protects against unauthorized computer access and provides file and folder encryption capabilities.


   







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