Gadget review: iStorage datAshur USB stick

While AccountingWEB members have been contemplating the cutting edge of dumb USB-connected Christmas presents, we at GadgetZone managed to get our hands on a far more practical device, reputedly the world’s most secure USB flash drive.

In times of heightened security, where millions of flash drives are lost or stolen every year, iStorage has built a device that will ensure your confidential data remains safe. The encrypted datAshur provides that level of peace of mind, and comes in a slim but robust aluminium casing that you’d expect to last a good few years on the end of a keyring.

In terms of ease-of-use, the USB stick comes with a quick-start guide - firstly to unlock the drive, which then allows you to change the user pin code. Both of these tasks were straightforward and meant the device was ready to use within minutes.

But most importantly, it’s reassuring that the datAshur’ on-board keypad and 7-15 alphanumeric PIN will safeguard against hacking and keylogger attacks, and at an affordable price, with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB at £39, £59 and £79 respectively.

The iStorage datAshur USB stick is definitely something that most businesses (and government departments) should consider purchasing for 2012, but hardly a gadget you’re going to get excited about unwrapping on Christmas morning.

Here are some USB toys that might:

  • USB ramen noodle cooker - this is in Japanese, but the pictures tell you all you need to know
  • USB heated gloves - these USB gloves keep your hands warm even in the coldest office - no more stiff fingers and uncomfortable typing! There are two heating pads in each fingerless glove, which are made from carbon nanofibers material
  • USB cup warmer - for those of you always drinking tepid cups of coffee in the office
  • USB microphone (for GarageBand on an iPad) - your own recording studio. Connect a microphone to your computer via USB to record your voice, an acoustic instrument, or any other sound to a ‘Real Instrument’ track in GarageBand
  • USB ‘humping dog’ - USB gadgets aren't always useful. The manufacturer’s description reads: “Pop this excitable pup into your PC's USB port and watch as he starts high-speed-humping your machine”
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