We’re In The Army Now

...don't worry though, its only the Swiss Army - that famous oxymoron.

The period after CeBIT is an infamously quiet time in the industry but if you look hard enough there are always are few interesting products lurking about in the background.

Something that definitely qualifies in this category is the latest SwissMemory Victorinox from Swissbit. You may remember we had a look at a previous generation of these last year and very handy it was too. Essentially what you have here is an officially branded Swiss Army Knife for the 21st Century.


Now, given the improvements in flash memory capacity since we saw the first 128MB SwissMemory Victorinox in July, we were expecting it to get the upgrade treatment sooner or later. Consequently, the latest editions come with either 256MB, 512MB or even 1GB. The USB2.0 interface also means transfer rates of up to 8MB/sec.

In addition, for the budding spy, the new Travel-it-easy software is really rather funky. Like many devices it allows synchronisation with specific folders but, more interestingly, it can be set to automatically copy off Outlook Express emails from any computer you connect to and enables you to surf the Internet anonymously by saving all temporary Internet files and cookies you collect onto its mobile storage. Password protection then locks off your portable drive from unauthorised access.


Away from the IT side of things, all the usual accessories remain: high powered LED that acts as a torch, biro, scissors, file that doubles as a screwdriver and knife. A “Flight Version” of the SwissMemory Victorinox is still available which removes all “blades” for those who wish to take it onto a plane.

Engaging in a covert sweep brings back premlinary data which reveals the new SwissMemory Victorinox keys will be available in April. Unfortunately, similar to American military intelligence, not all tactical information could be compiled before we leapt into action so pricing is only available for the 512MB and 1GB versions which will retail for 87.50 euros and 157.50 euros excluding VAT respectively.

”’Update 22/03/2005:”’

Hans Blix would be proud, we’ve uncovered the hidden pricing: 75 euros (ex VAT) for the 256MB verion.


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