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You could be forgiven for mistaking the LaCie FastKey for a standard USB flash drive. However, the FastKey is a bit special, bridging the gap between traditional USB drives and external hard drives. The small size makes it incredibly portable, although with 120GB of your precious data stored on it, you won't want to take it out and about too often. Handily, it can sit unobtrusively in a PC or connected to a router to create a NAS device. The reason it's so small is because it's a solid state drive, and the lack of moving parts means it's also very fast. In our tests, it took just 16 seconds to transfer a 1GB file, with the average speed being 93Mb/s. The FastKey comes in three sizes, 30GB, 60GB and 120GB, with performance increasing according to capacity. We tested the 120GB version, which performed very well, but it's disappointing that opting for less storage space means accepting a drop in speed. Even so, the LaCie FastKey does a good job of backing up important files. Although it doesn't come with back-up software (which Seagate is keen on providing with its external hard drives – often to the annoyance of its customers due to the quality of said software), the FastKey includes powerful AES 256 encryption and a two-year subscription for 4GB of online storage.
About the size of a large thumb drive, the LaCie FastKey USB flash drive is one of a kind. The drive is essentially a USB 3.0 portable drive that's based on solid-state storage. For this reason, it offers superfast performance and, unfortunately, also comes with a superhefty price tag of $475 for the 120GB version ($250 for the 60GB version, $150 for the 30GB versions). If you can afford it, however, it will be worth it. Apart from the stellar performance, it also comes with a sturdy, compact design and AES 256-bit encryption to keep your data safe. It's a little hard to categorize the LaCie FastKey USB flash drive. This is because it's way too small to be a portable drive, like the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex or the WD My Passport, and at the same time slightly too big, both in terms of physical size and capacity, to be a thumbdrive. Nonetheless, it sure makes one of the coolest portable storage devices you've seen. The device has a sturdy aluminum casing with one end that can be pulled out to reveal the USB 3.0 head. While this USB head's lid can stay secure when snapped on, it's completely detached when the drive is in use and therefore can go missing easily.