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Buffalo Makes Industry's Smallest 16GB USB Drive

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Buffalo Makes Industry's Smallest 16GB USB Drive

USB drives may have ever expanding capacities but they also have ever shrinking physical sizes...

Taking the prize of new mini monster from the SuperTalent Pico is the new Buffalo 'RUF2' flash drive which measures just 5mm long and yet packs in a whopping 16GB of flash storage.

Buffalo has yet to reveal the performance specifications of its mini marvel but given it barely extends any larger than the USB slot itself we're prepared to cut it some slack. In fact it would be hard to make the RUF2 any smaller without it becoming nearly impossible to extract from a USB slot after insertion.

Compatibility is described as Windows 2000 and above, but I would be surprised if the usual Linux and Mac support were not in there - we await full official details.

As for pricing and availability, GeekStuff4U.com states it will initially go on sale in Japan for ¥12,980 - approximately £82. This is a sizeable premium for a drive without a... erm, sizeable premium but if you absolutely must have the most portable in everything you own - or just enjoy the bragging rights - look out for a European launch from July...

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via GeekStuff4U.com

Ohmz

June 26, 2009, 5:15 am

At that price this is a niche product for sure.





And who cares how small it is? As long as it works, right? ;)

Ben 3

June 26, 2009, 6:08 am

Once the price comes down a bit these will be good for all those Blu-Ray players that need plug in storage, as they will be un-noticable

Pbryanw

June 26, 2009, 6:46 am

I can imagine someone forking out £82 for this, and losing it down the back of the sofa soon after :)

GoldenGuy

June 26, 2009, 6:48 am

Mm mm mmm. I'll take the black thank you. Actually the red's a bit vulgar, but it really doesn't matter if it's black or white.

zanoii

June 26, 2009, 11:37 am

It's not about the size. It's how you use it.

Jon McGovern

June 26, 2009, 1:20 pm

Mine's five times the size of that and I still lose it!

Hallainzil

June 26, 2009, 1:20 pm

Lovely Michael Jackson reference there, GoldenGuy.

comedian

June 26, 2009, 1:25 pm

That would be useful in a netbook, or any laptop come to think of it, no extraneous dongles to knock or damage.

Keithe6e

June 26, 2009, 2:09 pm

@GoldenGuy: Nice tribute there. :)

PGrGr

June 26, 2009, 2:11 pm

GoldenGuy, that's so unnecessary!

Hamish Campbell

June 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

I completely missed the MJ call, I don't deserve to be on this forum.

GoldenGuy

June 26, 2009, 2:32 pm

@Bluepork





XD - Couldn't resist. Too soon? (Good.)

GoldenGuy

June 26, 2009, 2:56 pm

Relax haim, it's people like you that keep me from going off track too often!





In a world, where I could spend 82 quid at the drop of a hat, I would definitely get one of these. And if Apple are gonna be so unforgiving with the spacing of their ports, I wouldn't mind more companies adopting this form.

Wedge

June 26, 2009, 3:02 pm

That will be perfect for my Sony CD player in my car. I could leave it plugged in all the time and still fit the face in it's case. Hopefully the 4GB or 8GB are well priced.

Gavin Hamer

June 26, 2009, 3:44 pm

Not sure why anyone would get one of those in preference to the EagleTec nanoSac microSD card reader, which has been out for a while. Available from your local auction website for prices in the region of £10-15 (or at least it was).





http://eagletec.com/eshop/prod...

mockleshuckle

June 26, 2009, 5:07 pm

So this thing has double the storage space and is much smaller. Whereas the super talent is about a quarter of the price and designed as a fashion accessory... Since when did substance cost more than style?

GoldenGuy

June 26, 2009, 5:34 pm

@Hamer





1. I want it in black.


2. Didn't know it existed.


3. Cheers.

Keithe6e

June 26, 2009, 6:18 pm

@Gavin Hamer: Not sure why anyone would get one of those in preference to the EagleTec nanoSac microSD card reader,





I suppose you need the microSD card too that will then stick out, also not sure of the speed of micro SD I assume this would be a factor too.





Did you see the price of there version of this -> $620 , So Buffalo's is a bargain.

Superfly

June 26, 2009, 7:23 pm

Surely some1 somewhere must be developing a commercially viable solid state usb drive? the ultimate combination of size and performance!

smc8788

June 26, 2009, 7:28 pm

@ Superfly - We'll probably have to wait for the USB 3.0 standard to settle in before we see those. USB 2.0 transfer speeds are painfully slow, even with a regular external HDD.

itsallgonepearshaped

June 27, 2009, 2:14 am

Sys Admins out there beware. All your data is mine...

Gavin Hamer

June 30, 2009, 6:50 pm

@Keith - I've got the EagleTec nanoSac microSD card reader, it cost me £12 (in white unfortunately). I put a microSD card in (which I had spare) and it doesn't stick out because it sits flat along the USB. The speed will obviously be dependent the class of the microSD card that you put in it. Works nicely. To be fair, it's not a whole lot smaller than the ubiquitous SanDisk microSD reader.

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