LaCie has produced a key-shaped USB drive for some time, and their new PetiteKey is a tough little brother of their original Iamakey that Julie reviewed a few years ago. The PetiteKey is only 1.61″ X 0.83″ X 0.14″ and weighs 0.26 ounces. This USB 2.0 drive has transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps. It has scratch-resistant contacts, so you don’t have to worry about damage while you carry it in your pocket. It’s also water-resistant at up to 100 meters, so you don’t have to worry if you send it through the wash in your pants pocket. It also comes pre-installed with “LaCie Private-Public software, which helps to keep your data safe with AES 256-bit encryption and password protection. Create a password-protected area on your thumb drive and store all of your confidential information for maximum security.” The software works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (on Intel machines, only). You also get 1-year of free cloud storage; you’ll get 8GB with an 8GB key, 16GB with a 16GB key, or 32GB with a 32GB key, which you can use to backup your LaCie PetiteKey or as extra storage. The 8GB key is only $14.99, the 16GB is $22.99, and the 32GB is $39.99.
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