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Canon 5D Custom Flash Drive

Every company is looking for a way to make a custom flash drive and Canon is onto something hot here with the 5D minaturized down to a USB stick.  Well, not the entire device, but the lens pops out to become the flash drive.

5d canon custom flash drive

It’s not clear if the 5D custom flash drive is made of plastic or rubber, but from the image, it looks spot-on to the real deal. The minature 5D Canon knock off is a cool $100 on ebay.  It’s a 4GB drive. Source: OhGizmo. Continue Reading

Turtle 4 Port USB Hub & Card Reader

Don’t know about you, but I’ve been searching for a USB hub with a change tray.  It would also be ideal if the hub was in the shape of a turtle. Oh wait, here we go.  Thomas of USBFever answered my prayers.  The 4 port high speed 2.0 Hub is a nice addition to your desk where you need a space to store the extra lunch change, post-it notes or small paper clips.

turtle usb hub

So why is the turtle’s jaw dropping to the floor?  It’s an SD card reader for SD, microSD and miniSD flash cards.

turtle 4 port usb hub

USB Fever offers the turtle USB hub for $13.99 + $3 shipping. Continue Reading

Review: 16GB USB Drives – What’s Worth Your $$$

Review of 16GB Flash Drives

Our friends at Test Freaks gathered up 17 different 16GB drives and did some hands on benchmark and testing.  First off, props goes out to Mr. Brozio for convincing all the manufacturers to give up free 16GB drives.  Second, I give him kudos for the in-depth analysis and benchmarking test.  Well done. The 16GB USB review includes the following drives:
  • Adata Sport Series RB19 16gb
  • Corsair Flash Voyager
  • HP USB Flash Drive v125W
  • Imation Swivel Flash Drive
  • Kingston Data Traveler100
  • Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
  • Memorex Traveldrive
  • OCZ Diesel
  • OCZ Throttle
  • Patriot Exporter XT
  • PNY Attache
  • PQI Traveling Disk 1221
  • Ridata EZdrive Lightning Series
  • Sandisk Cruzer Micro
  • Super Talent Pico-C
  • Transcend JetFlash Elite Enabled
  • Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go

review 16GB USB drives

I wont give away the full details on the 16GB USB review – please check with Test Freaks.  However, it is painfully clear that Transcend Jetflash is a horrible drive.  Which is funny as they spend a good amount of marketing time and money saying they are the best performing.  Transcend must be taking Ford’s marketing philosophy and advertising their weakness.  “Built Ford Tough” ha – those cars are anything but tough. To get a bit of their approach Test Freaks considers:
If I’m looking for a USB drive, the first thing I look at is the Copy To or Write speeds, this is what is most important to me, the next thing would be the Copy From speeds, as for me what I do most is put data on it, then take it off, reading from the drive is not that important to me really. So it all depends on what your priorities are concerning USB drives, the results are here, you can judge for yourself which is best for you.
For the full 16GB USB Drive review please visit Test Freaks webpage. Continue Reading

Colorful USB Hub

colorful usb hub

Lebedev Studio released a prototype USB hub based off a light prism.  The creativity and look as very cool with a clear communication of how data transfers through the device. To bad the colorful USB cables aren’t available and I believe it’s just a design style not yet available. What do you think? Continue Reading

Copper Case With Encased Gears Steampunk Custom Flash Drive

Here is a great looking Steampunk Custom flash drive.  The creator, Marcos, put a brass shell around the outside of this USB stick, then decorated the outside with miniature gears and watch components.

custom flash drive

It appears Marcos took the USB cap and attached it to the end with some included brass gears and other Steampunk detail. The custom flash drive uses a piston gear from the USB connector to the watch components as a representation of the power from the PC being transferred to the heart of the USB stick. The 2GB steampunk custom flash drive is only $50, is 100% handcrafted and completely unique.  There is limited stock, so if interested get on it. The USB Steampunk can be found and purchased at Etsy. Continue Reading

Combo eSATA / USB Flash Drive From Pretec

Pretec is about to introduce an aptly named eSATA/USB dual interface flash drive named Cobra.  This ultra fast flash drive has max read speeds of 90MB per second and max write speeds of 60MBs per second. The dual channel interface has the eSATA connector at one end and the USB connector at the other.

esata usb flash drive

The Pretec Cobra is available in 32GB and 64GB sizes, which is respectable given the fast transfer rates.  This info was sourced via Engadget China, so no word on pricing or availablility. Continue Reading

4 Port Fish Hub

The World Fishing Network could use this as a network give-away, the 4 port Fishing USB hub.  Besides the fun form factor, this little guy uses it’s two fish eyes to light up when data is being transmitted through the hub.

fish usb hub

The 4 port USB hub is only $10.99 plus a couple bucks shipping.  Colors include black and purple.  For more details or order information please visit USBFever. Continue Reading

USB Tethering With iPhone

tethered iphone usb

USB tethering is a nickname for getting internet access for a computer through a cell phone.  Well, it seems the iPhone 3.0 beta software will have that feature and a programmer has [currently] figured it out.
Scott Forstall, Apple’s Senior VP of iPhone Software, stated on Tuesday that the feature is now built into the OS, but carriers will have to choose whether to take on all that extra network burden and allow access. As developers continue to tinker with the iPhone OS 3.0 beta, though, one has unlocked access to iPhone tethering and taken it for a spin.
An iPhone developer, Steve Troughton, was tinkering around with a couriers itcc file [network access files] and managed to get his iPhone tethered. The ability to tether an iPhone is not a technical challenge; it’s a network challenge. Computers can haul far more data down a connection than a cell phone, and many carriers are simply not ready to provide that large of a wireless pipe to 17 million iPhone owners. Source:  ARS Technica. Continue Reading

Stanton USB Turntable

Stanton has been around for years.  A while back they introduced the T.90 USB turntable for easy conversion of LPs to digital audio.

stanton usb turntable

The Stanton T.90 USB turntable is a great looking product and looks much better than our Ion Audio turntable we’ve reported about the last couple of years.  There are a host of features any DJ or home audio enthusiast would appreciate include a high torque direct drive motor for longevity. Continue Reading

USB Butterfly Flash Drive

In the old days a fast car and leather jacket would get a ladies attention.  From there it’s up to you to close the deal.  Well, today some might want to try ubergeek gear to get a girls attention.  To that end, consider the USB butterfly flash drive.

usb butterfly

The USB butterfly flash drive has a  bronzish, gold butterfly logo on the front and Cubic Zirconium center piece to finish it off – then polished silver body to give it shine and luster. Attach the USB butterfly to your BMW key chain and you might just get the attention you need from that girl you’ve been eying…but make sure the BMW logo is well seen. Take it a step further and tell her the USB drive has a VVS1 diamond encrusted on the front, but don’t tell her it’s your Dad’s Beemer. Truth be told, the 8GB drive will only set you back $32. Source.  Brando. Continue Reading

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