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LaCie Announces New USB 3.0 Capable Thumbdrive, The FastKey

You know that a thumbdrive is fast when it ships with the ability to go from 0 to 260MB/s in 26 cubic-centimetres. And no, we did not make that statement up: those are the exact words that LaCie wrote on their official press release. But if you happen to need a USB 3.0 capable thumbdrive for blazing-fast data transfer speeds that sports a sleek metallic design, LaCie has just the thing in store.

Fast and Tiny: LaCie FastKey Goes from 0 to 260MB/s in 26cm3

18 November 2010 – Today LaCie announces the smallest SSD USB 3.0 drive, delivering speeds up to 260MB/s – LaCie FastKey. Small enough to hide in the palm of your hand, LaCie’s FastKey can transfer 1000 mp3 or five DIVX files in less than 60 seconds.

100 Times Faster than USB 2.0

While the FastKey can perform up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, its peak performance goes far beyond that. Combining the performance of SSD, USB 3.0 and DRAM cache technology, the FastKey can write small files up to 100 times faster than your average USB 2.0 hard drive.

Compact Metal Design

Combining the highly robust solid-state flash technology, with sturdy aluminum casing, the FastKey ensures your data is as safe as it is mobile. But don’t mistake its high capacity for a 2.5″ mobile SSD. The LaCie FastKey packs 120GB into a sleek flash drive (measuring just 26cm3) with no wasted space. And with the included strap, users can secure the FastKey to a keychain or bag for additional on-the-go convenience.

Full Data Protection

The LaCie FastKey not only protects data from the outside, it includes software AES 256-bit encryption – so your data is secure no matter how it’s used. Simply choose the amount of capacity you want to encrypt, and access it with a custom password. Now you can pass the FastKey to colleagues and friends and know your personal files are secure. If privacy is a priority, you can encrypt the full capacity.

For even more storage and sharing options, the LaCie FastKey also comes with 4GB of secure online storage from Wuala.


The LaCie FastKey is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+. There is no local pricing for the FastKey yet, but according to the US site, it can be purchased for US$149.99, US$249.99 and US$479.99 respectively.

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