After seeing this product on a while ago on Channel Five's The Gadget Show I proceeded to buying one after they tested it to within an inch of it's life.
According to the Pretec website the USB Stick is constructed with double layers of metal protection making it capable of sealing the drive from water or fire from damaging the internal circuit and even shielding the dive from a heavy impact such as a drop onto a hard surface or the impact of a bullet. Although I have not had to test any of this out myself yet I believe that some of these claims may be slightly exaggerated. But nonetheless it will protect your files from spills, maybe slight submersion and drops.
The chrome USB stick is stylish with a pattern made up of primitive tribal stick figures going around the stick in a band. It has a key ring and clip attached to the to so that it can be truly portable, and be attached to most things.
One gripe I have with this product is that, although durable and rugged when you want to use it you have to screw the USB Drive part out, so the top remains on your keychain and you are left with the actual USB drive (the part with the tribal men) in your hand. This means that it is extremely easy to forget about, this is especially a problem when in a public place such as an office, school or library.
The product feels well made, solid and extremely durable, and it's priced reasonably compared to other USB Drives. This would make a great little present for anyone!
'Bulletproof' - a word not normally associated with the world of data storage - but that's what the 'Pretec i-Disk Bulletproof Flash Drive' claims to be.
Costing only £12.90 from Amazon for the 2GB version, the small chrome device is certain to look after your valuable files. Not only will it apparently survive being shot at, it should also continue to function if it's unlucky enough to be submerged in water or dropped from a great height - impressive stuff.
In terms of its appearance, the product looks fairly classy with its solid metal shell adorned with a 'totem' pattern. Attached to the removable top end is a keychain which makes transporting the device a doddle. Supporting both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1, the I-Disk feels weighty and well made.
So are there any downsides, or is this the ultimate flash memory drive? Well, the only potential drawback I found, is that if you have a device with a deeply recessed USB port, you may find this product difficult to attach - apart from that, it functions beautifully.
The i-Disk is certainly no slouch when transferring data - it has a 20MB/sec read speed and 12MB/sec write speed - which is quick enough to satisfy most users. These impressive stats are the same on the 1, 4 and 8GB models which are also available from a range of retailers.
In conclusion, the Pretec I-Disk Bulletproof is a very impressive product. It looks great and will give you peace of mind due to its strong and secure nature. For the price it can't be beaten, and should continue to work if you accidentally drop it into a puddle - what more do you want! :)