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Besides my house and car keys, there are two things that are always in my pocket when I leave the house – my USB memory key and my Swiss Army knife. Anyone who needs to regularly transport data between machines will never be without a USB memory key – for me it’s particularly useful when I’m transferring copy or benchmark results from a test system to the PC on my desk. Likewise, I have an endless stream of kit arriving in the office, so it’s always useful to have a knife in my pocket to open them up and get at the goodies. I therefore assume that I’m exactly the kind of person that Swissbit had in mind when it designed the SwissMemory device in conjunction with Victorinox.
The Victorinox name is pretty legendary when it comes to pocket knives, and I doubt there are too many men out there that didn’t own a Swiss Army Knife at some point in their childhood. I vividly remember standing around in the school playground with my friends arguing over who had the best Swiss Army Knife, and debating the merits of a bottle opener over a corkscrew. But as I grew older, the need to have a massive Swiss Army Knife in my pocket equipped with every tool under the sun lessened, and the model I carry now is tiny, comprising a small blade, a nail file and a pair of scissors.
So, it’s clear, that although I want to have a decent amount of functionality in my pocket, I also want to have the smallest devices possible – which is why I have traditionally carried a tiny Swiss Army Knife and a very small PQI Travelling Disk USB memory key. But now all that is about to change, because the SwissMemory takes both of my pocket utility tools and rolls them into one.
The SwissMemory is a very small, pocket size Swiss Army Knife that includes a familiar array of tools, but also sports a 128MB USB memory key. Now, I’m not going to pretend that the SwissMemory is a new product, since it was initially released a few months ago. However, the original SwissMemory only sported a 64MB USB memory key, which, to be perfectly honest, isn’t capacious enough by today’s standards.
The SwissMemory is instantly recognisable as a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Finished in the more trendy translucent red, as opposed to the more traditional solid red. As well as the 128MB USB memory key, the SwissMemory has single blade, a nail file that doubles as a screwdriver and a small pair of scissors. There’s a sliding grey plastic switch that ejects a tiny ballpoint pen from its hiding place. It’s not the most comfortable writing implement, but it’s handy to know that you’ve always got a pen in your pocket when you need one. Finally, pressing the Victorinox logo illuminates a red LED torch, just in case you find yourself lost in the dark somewhere.
The battery for the torch can be clearly seen through the translucent plastic casing, although getting to it seems a little tricky at first glance. However, to the side of the battery is a small hole about the size of a paperclip. If you insert a paperclip into the hole it will push free the battery cover on the other side of the knife and eject the battery.