Yesterday, LaCie announced the world’s smallest USB 3.0 SSD drive, boasting speeds up to 260 MB/s and up to 120GB in size. The LaCie FastKey can achieve these speeds because it acts more like a small SSD than a regular flash drive. It combines the performance of an SSD, DRAM cache technology, and USB 3.0 to write small files up to 100 times faster than your average USB 2.0 hard drive.
Luc Pierart, Business Unit Manager of Personal Storage at LaCie says, "With the Fastkey, transferring small files is immediate. You can back up or share your music and photo libraries as you head out the door."
With a sturdy metal casing, AES 256-bit encryption and being the smallest drive of its kind, it doesn’t come cheap: the smallest model is 30 GB and comes in at $149.99; 60 GB is $249, and the 120 GB is a wallet crunching $474.99.