As USB drives get exponentially larger the line between them being a memory key or a conveniently proportioned secondary hard drive begin to blur...
The latest – and best – illustration of this point comes in the shape of Toshiba's newly announced range of TransMemory Flash USB drives which top out at an incredible 32GB.
The 'U2G-032GT', as the flagship model is officially known (though I prefer oh-my-god-drive), will only be available as a limited edition but with teeny 63 x 20 x 8mm dimensions it is possibly more akin to the world's smallest secondary hard drive than the world's largest memory key. Toshiba promotes the OMGD as being ReadyBoost compatible, but with its capacity matching that of current SSDs I wonder if there isn't some sarcasm in this statement.
Of course with such monstrous storage, the OMGD better have some rip-roaring transfer rates but sadly Toshiba hasn't detailed them at this stage. It also hasn't slapped on a release date but it will cost a whopping 80,000 yen (roughly £325) so I wonder if you mightn't be better off simply buying an SSD!
1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB variants of the OMGD will also appear soon, but – frankly – who cares about them...?!
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