If you’re a serious digital photographer you’ll be well aware of Lexar’s reputation in the flash memory market. Lexar has traditionally been manufacturing high-quality, high-speed memory cards for digital cameras for some time now. In fact in our recent memory card group test Lexar walked away with the Editor’s Choice awards for both CompactFlash and SD cards! But Lexar also makes USB keys and when I heard about the tiny new JumpDrive FireFly I thought I’d better take a look at one.
The original Lexar JumpDrives were rugged, rubber affairs, designed to hang from your key ring. The FireFly takes a different approach though. For a start the FireFly is tiny – in fact it’s one of the smallest USB keys I’ve seen. I’m not generally a fan of USB keys with removable lids, since they inevitably get lost, but at least this one clicks onto the back of the device so there’s less chance of you misplacing it. Without the lid the FireFly weighs a truly amazing 6g, while the lid bumps that up to 9g. It’s tiny too, measuring just over 4cm long, so you really won’t notice it in your pocket – so much so that I kept thinking I’d lost it, when in fact it was hiding in the corner of my pocket.
The FireFly comes in several colours, but my review sample is a simple shade of white. I doubt that this is a coincidence, since it makes a certain amount of sense to appeal to Mac users these days. In fact the FireFly does match the new Mac Book very nicely – the blue light (yes, another blue light) at the end of the FireFly looks good too. But the most amazing thing about the FireFly is that despite its diminutive size, it packs a whopping 4GB of storage space! Now, I can still vividly remember buying my first 1GB hard disk and thinking just how capacious that was, so having a 4GB drive that weighs 6g and measures 4cm is, without a doubt, pretty damn impressive.