Gizmag is no stranger to USB storage innovations from LaCie so we took the opportunity to have a closer look at the company's FastKey drive on display at CES. The combination of USB 3.0 and SSD technology in a palm-sized form factor is claimed to result in a drive that can transfer small files up to 100 times faster than a hard disk drive connected via Hi-Speed USB.

The FastKey's 26cm3 of solid state memory is encased in a stylish and rugged aluminum case and comes with peace of mind software AES 256-bit encryption. The 1.1 x 4.1 x 0.4-inch (27 x 104 x 9 mm) drive offers up to ten times the performance of USB 2.0, with a blisteringly fast read speed of 260MB per second and write of 180MB per second.


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LaCie has also secured 4GB of secure online storage for two years courtesy of Wuala, just in case you run out of room on the drive itself or as a backup measure.

The LaCie FastKey is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities, with prices starting at a penny shy of US$150.

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