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LaCie intros rugged, waterproof XtremKey flash drive

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue July 13, 2010

LaCie shows rugged, waterproof XtremKey USB drive

Display, hard and flash drive maker LaCie on Tuesday introduced the latest USB drive to its collection, the XtremKey. The small flash drive is house in a 2mm thick metal pipe casing and is sealed with water-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring. This makes it waterproof up to 100 meters (328 feet), or enough to reach the bottom of some rivers.

It can otherwise withstand drops from five meters (16.4 feet) and temperature extremes of between 392 and -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, its zamac alloy (zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper) shell should survive even after being run over by a 20,000lb truck. When stood up on a desk, the key will wobble but not fall over.

The key's Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface is compatible with PCs and Macs. Performance is rated at up to 30Mbps write and 40Mbps read speeds. The XtremKey ships in August, with the 8GB model priced at $50. Capacities up to 64GB will be available, though their prices haven't been announced.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Some Rivers"?

    "This makes it waterproof up to 100 meters (328 feet), or enough to reach the bottom of some rivers."

    SOME rivers? I could be mistaken, but there are only a handful of rivers in the world that are even close to 100 meters at their deepest point. Even the MIssissippi doesn't come close to that. The Congo, the Amazon, maybe a couple more at one particularly deep point or another.

    Pretty sure "almost any river" would be a more accurate statement.

    Also, I want one of these. No idea why, but it sounds awesome.

  1. DougJ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some rivers?

    LOL, that's out of normal SCUBA range in the ocean!

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