As much as I love living in the cloud, there are those inevitable moments when you need to move a large file between two machines – aka ‘SneakerNet’. Having a USB Flash Memory device on demand is great.
I’ve been a big fan of the LaCie Iamakey. It fits on your keychain and even looks like a key! So, it’s always there whenever you need it.
But, in my never-ending quest to find the smallest, lightest, most mission-critical devices for the urban nomad, I couldn’t stop there. Which is why – when I saw the DataBar XXS from Freecom, I knew I had to buy one.
There are a couple of DataBar products from Freecom: the standard DataBar and the DataBar XXS. I have both. But my favourite is the XXS. The reason being that it’s so incredibly small, light and durable that it fits well with my lifestyle.
As you can see from the picture (below), the XXS is way smaller than the Imakey. In fact, it feels like one of those tiny half-sized, lego pieces. The construction is durable and I’ve been hammering it on the road for the past couple of months. The contacts are exposed in the XXS, unlike the standard DataBar (where they are covered by a sleeve and can be pushed to ‘pop’ out). However, I haven’t noticed any problem with this. They haven’t worn down and the USB stick still works as new.
Without having a catalogue of every Flash memory USB in existence, I cannot put hand on heart and say, unequivocally, that this is the smallest USB memory stick out there. But it certainly is the smallest I’ve ever seen.