I use the Amacom USB 2.0 Flash Key 8GB in my car on a permanent basis. I have a radio in the car, along with a CD Player, but I also have USB connectivity on my head unit, for which I use the Flash Key which holds most of the music I listen to. This works very well for portability reasons, as i can quickly and easily add/change the mp3 files I listen to in my car with a few simple clicks on my laptop, and with a brushed aluminium finish to the USB Flash Key itself this gives a durable finish.
The Amacom USB 2.0 Flash Key 8GB obviously has a very healthy storage capacity. Working on the basis that the average mp3 file I store on it is roughly 5MB, this works out at 1,600 songs! Although I have no intention of ever having this many files on the stick, it does give me reassurance! it is also compatible with USB 1.0 and USB 2.0, which means I have the option to use it on a range of computers within my household. USB Flash Keys are ideal for the portable storage, transfer and transportation of vital data, and the Amacom branded USB Flash Key fits the bill perfectly.
Amacom claim that this Flash Key has a transfer rate of over 5MB per second, which I am yet to fail to recieve! I think that although capacity is important in such a product, transfer rates are also a key element to consider with such a purchase. I can often transfer large amounts of data to and from the stick, so for me it is a major benefit to have this feature.
Obviously looks can be important too, and Amacom don't leave you disappointed on that front either, the robust and stylish brushed aluminium finish fits in nicely with my silver interior of the car, but it also works well with more computer related gadgets aswell.
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful USB Flash Key then sadly I cannot say 'look no further', as the £25 pricetag may put a lot of people off. There are much more affordable USB Flash Key available, but the question is can you afford to miss out on such a stylish and robustly made product?
Storage - 4GB
Cannot Amacom life without one
Whoever invented the USB port should be given a medal; it surely has made peoples lives so much more work adaptable. I was a youngster when I had to ring up designers to ask what kind of zip drive they had and it was always a gamble whether the work produced was going to be compatible, or if they required assistance in carrying the zip drive which was rather a meaty piece of equipment into the upstairs office. File conversions were a long process, and my heavy sweaty afternoons that was poured over file recognition was boundless; the number of painstaking processes that lasted for eternity, would have been solved by one of these, within minutes.
In today's storage market the size isn't the issue any more but what the transfer rate is. The Amacom 4 GB Flash Key is a very compact device that is more than useful, it's size mass is equivalent to a car key, accept slightly rounded at the edges and not so painful to sit on. The USB - Universal Serial Bus, has completely changed how connective eternal devices work and the version 2.0 simply means that the storage device is Flash enabled; allowing yet more automated technology to take place when slotted into your workstation's USB port. - My earliest understanding of what a USB port was for was initiated by computer games and the slots were used mainly for game control pads. The fact the word 'Universal' was in the abbreviation meant 'for all digital eternal devices' took me another year to realize it's true value.
Since those times when I thought 250MB was a gift from the storage man in the sky. I've adapted to the storage lifestyle, and broadly understand the basics. The Flash Key is the ultimate means to transport data back and forth via workstations or digital transmitters as such like MP3 players and mobile phones, which equally carry virtual memory data that can be transported easily, and with ease. Amacom's security mechanism stoke Flash facility enables you to safely store information securely via software called DataLock this in turn encrypts two levels of priority securities that requires a password to view certain parts. It is a good idea not to have a 'ReadMe' file that tells anyone what the password is. I've mistakenly done this and quite honestly it is easily done. Thankfully the recipient was trustworthy and saw the funny side. So any sensitive material should be encrypted automatically; especially within a work environment.
The storage facility of 4GB is enough, however, if you are engaging in many media files that include MP3, WMV or WAV files I would state the storage capacity will be wanting rather, and therefore re-valuate your storage device to a 8GB, key. Having plentiful amounts of storage on your device has also its down points; by not having good house-keeping and by that I mean by not filing documents orderly the higher storage facility will not be helpful and will be a hindrance; if your transferring many similar named documents at whim. - The 4GB storage is great for storing smaller photo files in JPEG web-ready formats, visual layouts, and working spreadsheets; whether in Word format or Excel. I tend to transfer a numerous of applications - exe files directly from workstation to storage device to master workstation. The 'Master' one being my main storage back-up facility.
I would recommend a storage key as being your main back-up facility either. Partly due to the fact you can lose a Flash Key very easily without too much effort. The key is predominantly for transferring files from different workstations; the most important piece of news is the transfer rate, and for this device it is 5MB per second, to put that in another way; it is about double the amount of speed an average broadband service would provide; so it's pretty quick. The huge benefactor in the key is it being Flash enabled and the available software is in-place to avoid mistakes from happening whether in security or a 'storage prompt' that tells you that the file or files have not been stored onto the device fully. That is a big plus as it also tells you what files were not stored and whether you have repeated a filename.
Compatible on all workstations; from Windows, Millennium Edition to Vista, - Available to all computers that have an USB port or linked to a USB hub.
The lifespan on this device determines on its usage and how it is treated, as the pin is protected the duration will be lengthened. The probability is that it will out-last its very own marketability. - Having a 4GB device today at 12.99 GBP which was retailing only 8 months ago at 35.99 GBP - The inevitable fast growing Flash Drive storage revolution is still quickening for the mass market; shortening the lifespan while on the stores shop floor. - One thing for sure Amacom has many more devices in it's long-list of data storage facilities available to you. For me it isn't just about the actual storage data device itself, as its price makes it easily expendable, but what is next in the draw for Amacom and will this small fish in data storage solutions get swallowed up the likes of SanDisk who are the storage global leaders. Amacom, that happening!!!
Copyright - 09 - 2009 - 1st2thebar
This 4 GB Amacom USB 2.0 Flash Key is a very useful gadget to have around as it allows you to store small amounts of digital data in a portable format. These Flash Keys allow the exchange of information between computerised systems and make use of the functional USB port on a computer. This 4 GB Amacom flash key is a useful means of securely storing, sharing and transporting your data. What's more, it allows you to utilise onboard software to enable you to have two levels of security. A simple password facility enables part of your data to be hidden from prying eyes and a what they call a DataLock uses encryption to allow you to encrypt your sensitive data at either folder or file level. A master password feature is available in case of forgotten passwords. I do admit that I never concern myself with all the password stuff as I only use it around the house.
I find the 4 GB Amacom USB 2.0 most useful for storing folders stuffed with word documents that need transporting between devices. For example, whenever I finish writing my Dooyoo reviews on my laptop in my local Café Nero I copy them onto my Amacom and then at a later date upload the files to my home computer. This Amacom 4 GB flash key is so easy to use, just plug it in to your USB port and it will go into automatic set up - there is no need for any cables or adapters. You can also use such devices as a simple means to share presentations, digital photos, video and MP3s with colleagues and friends or to carry files between work and home. I steer clear of using flash keys for long term storage because as I always advise, long term back-up data should be stored on CDs or external hard drives.
I was surprised to see some poor reviews for this device on Amazon stating that there have been reliability issues. I have had no problems with the device I bought. The transfer rate of 5MB per second is more than sufficient for my usage
The 4 GB Amacom Flash Key is not exactly the latest device on the market. You can now easily find compact storage devices that store anything between 8GB to 32GB of data at competitive prices. It's possible that 4GB devices might soon become obsolete, especially when you consider the more compact Sand disk flash cards that are now growing in popularity. But flash drives still have there advantages. One is the fact that they keep you disciplined as to the amount of data you carry around. As we have seen with the huge data losses from government departments, it is never a good idea to carry around large amounts of personal data. You should of course always have more than one copy of any data you store.
Like most technology, a data storage device will eventually become useless through wear and tear or be replaced by something more efficient and powerful. As they are still relatively new pieces of technology it is still difficult to judge how long they will last on average. Some manufacturers claim a lifespan of ten years others guarantee just two or three years - it all depends how often you use it of course. I would argue that you are more likely to lose one before it wears out or before some other new piece of technology will come along and replace it. Amacom storage devices come in a range of capacities and designs. I have seen this 4 GB key available online at Amazon for £34. This is way over priced in my opinion - I bought mine at a computer fair for less than a tenner.