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The impenetrable Fortress?

by Nick Haywood on 5 June 2008, 15:15

Tags: Fortress SST-FT01B, OCZ (NASDAQ:OCZ), SilverstoneTek, PC

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No, not copying the Survivor, ok?

USB memory sticks… either they’re getting smaller and smaller in size as the capacity goes up and up, or someone is trying to make them shock-proof, drop proof, waterproof, rugged or hardwearing. OCZ have gone for the more extreme option with the suitably tough named Fortress, of which we have this shot of a plastic mock-up.

The final version will be made of aluminium, or aluminum as they call it in the US, and has suitably bad-boy looking castle-like crenulations. And seeing as the cap is the one thing that we all seem to lose from our USB sticks, you can shove the cap into the end of the Fortress to keep it safe while in use.

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Scary innit? Now what’d be a real advance would be if they could make one that was sarcasm proof…



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say to them that you have prior experience in testing usb stick manufacturers claims of unbreakable stuff… then start hitting it on things, place on floor and jump up and down on it with your big feet, and then find that big 2000mm fan, turn it on and throw it at it….. and then say “very nice” or “bit rubbish wasn't it”..

if they call security to stop you and then proceed to tase you while doing this, don't blame me… although get someone to take photos…


otherwise - I find that when you plug a thick cased flash drive into a usb, then the adjacent port becomes pretty much unusable, it's blocked by the sticky-out rubber bits or roundness… as i found when i plugged 2 voyagers next to each other and bent one.. thats the reason all the usb cables have rectangular shaped connectors on the ends..
The things that matter in USB sticks (in order of importance)

1. capacity
2. speed
3. price
4. the cap doesn't get lost easily
..
..
99,000. Whether it can survive a direct hit from an AK47.


Gimmicks, meh!
but………….will it blend?
i use a crucial usb stick, and it has a retractable usb connection, it is quite rugid, and is fine for me, these kinds of things just arnt needed in daily life really…unless on your break at work, you wanna take your usb stick outside, and use it for a kickaround….
dangel
The things that matter in USB sticks (in order of importance)

1. capacity
2. speed
3. price
4. the cap doesn't get lost easily
5. Physical size
..
99,000. Whether it can survive a direct hit from an AK47.


Gimmicks, meh!

8GB Sandisk microSD card with the included reader makes the smallest 8GB stick i've seen. Sticks out of the socket by about 12mm (or close to that anyway).