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LaCie iamaKey USB Flash Drive 8GB

by LaCie

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  • Sturdy metal key design, fits on a keyring
  • Fast transfer rates (Read mode - up to 30MB/s, write mode - up to 10 MB/s)
  • Ultra-mobile and lightweight
  • Gold SIP technology
  • Water and scratch resistant
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Technical Details
BrandLaCie
Item Weight45 g
Product Dimensions2.4 x 0.3 x 5.7 cm
Item model number130870
  
Additional Information
ASINB001V7XPSA
Best Sellers Rank 42,208 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight82 g
Date First Available10 Mar 2009
  
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With the new LaCie iamaKey, inventive storage meets data protection. The key-shaped design is functional and memorable and the protection that the LaCie iamakey offers makes it extremely reliable. Best of all you can fit an enormous amount of data in a small flash drive. With the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, iamaKey can be used with both PC and Macs, offering universal compatibility and cross-platform convenience, but features a hot-pluggable connection and high-speed transfer rates plus is Windows ReadyBoost compatible. The eye-catching design makes the iamaKey stand out. The connector is both water and scratch-resistant, making it one of the most durable and thinnest USB keys on the market. Protective edges on the connectors ensure that you'll always insert the LaCie iamaKey properly, keeping it usable and safe.

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8GB LaCie iamaKey USB2.0 Flash Drive. Sturdy metal key design; fits on a keyring. Read speed up to 30MB/sec and write speed up to 10MB/sec. Gold SIP technology, water- and scratch-resistant and backed by 2 years warranty.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By finnronin on 20 Feb 2011
I'd lost a few USB keys prior to buying this key, so I thought that a sturdy key designed to stay on a key ring would be the best bet. I was very impressed when it arrived at the form and obvious care in the design process. I was a bit surprised that the cover was so poorly made. Unsurprisingly it was rapidly lost. the La Cie website reassured me that the contacts were sufficiently sturdy to withstand day to day wear and tear. The key lasted for three months. Nice idea but poor execution La Cie. Quite disappointed
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gerry A on 11 Jun 2009
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The design is amazing - very flat, but feels very sturdy with a very nice weight. It caused suitable "oohs" and "aahs" when I showed it around. But... and it's a big but... This is the slowest USB drive I've ever had. Slower probably than the old USB 1.0 ! I've tried reformatting, but no... it's just very slow. So for small files you want to backup, it's great. For emergencies, it's great. But if you want to copy that 30Mb Powerpoint presentation in the 10 seconds that remain before the train comes to a stop, forget it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 11 July 2009
On the face of it, this is an excellent concept; a USB key without any of the bulk, making it a very appealing proposition for those of us who want as little bulk as possible in our pockets.

The Iamakey worked great for me... for about 3 days. Then the following day I arrived in work to find that the key simply wouldn't work. My PC would recognise a removable drive, but it couldn't read from it, write to it, or even format it. It was as if the disk controller within the device had failed. Even worse, I'd lost a key presentation I was working on that I was due to present that day.

Even now I am not sure what caused the key to fail. However on testing it further, it became clear that the contact between the key and any USB socket (and believe me I tried a few) was very easy to break. This "open top" design is all well and good for cutting down on size, but in my experience the reality is that it means the device doesn't get a good, solid connection to the USB socket.

Any which way, the Cruzer 4Gb key I was using for some 2 years before (with no faults - ever!) is now back on my keychain, and I think I will steer well clear of these open-styled USB keys. After all, if you do not have complete faith in a device operating 100% of the time, you simply aren't going to trust it or make any use of it. A shame, as this could have been a really amazing bit of kit...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nobody Famous on 2 Feb 2010
A good looking and really solid memory stick, Mac and PC compatible. Much more sturdy than the usual cheap plastic sticks that snap every time you put them in your pocket and accidentally sit on them.

If you habitually need to copy lots of data in a real rush then this one is a bit slow but I don't think it's too bad for the general user.

My one big gripe with this is the ridiculous little plastic cap it comes with. After spending time designing a really sleek rugged product what possessed them to ruin it all with a flimsy cap that catches on everything and falls off. I don't think I've ever come across such a badly designed cap even on the cheapest memory sticks. It wouldn't have taken much common sense to design a matching tough metal cap that clips on firmly and fits flush with the key. The plastic cap doesn't sit flush, it sticks out, snags on things in my pocket and looks more like I made it than part of the product. This stick is supposed to be kept on your keyring so it's obviously going to have a bit of a tough life, in pockets, bags, dropped on tables..... The stick is easily strong enough for that but the plastic cap will get knocked off and lost. It's transparent and almost invisible if you drop it.

Without the cap the stick is obviously vulnerable to damage so this is a serious design flaw that has to be fixed before I would recommend this product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Edwards on 22 Aug 2011
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The design's great but the stick only lasted a couple of months - I know USB sticks are notoriously short-lived but this item comes with a 2 year guarantee! LaCie's support team are a joke, failing to answer questions and offering a 3 week turn-around on replacements but unable to decide where you should send the faulty item. Even after complaining they still failed to address my issue and instead asked if I the issue had been resolved to my satisfaction! Idiots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MikeO on 22 Sep 2010
I bought my first LaCie iamakey 8GB flash drive because I needed one that was rugged, one that could withstand a few knocks while hanging on my keychain. It looked pretty slick, too. Sadly, the first drive I bought developed an I/O problem within a month and I couldn't write to it (although there was plenty of free space), nor delete files off it, nor reformat it. LaCie suggested I contacted Amazon, which I did, and was impressed when they quickly sent a replacement. But after only 2-3 months the replacement drive developed an identical problem to the first. LaCie asked me to send it to them for investigation, but I declined as I had some personal data on it that I couldn't wipe. As other reviewers have noted, the little plastic cap that is meant to protect the connections does indeed keep falling off. In summary - I've given it up as a lost cause and I won't be buying another drive from LaCie again, nice design or not. Give me reliability instead, please.
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