Corsair is quite a familiar name around these parts. We’ve reviewed three of their four power supplies, and I’ve had the pleasure of personally using their SDRAM product for years. Of course, Corsair’s primary product line is their memory, and that includes flash memory. Today, I’m having my way with a product that’s certainly not unusual for Corsair, but may be considered unusual for jonnyGURU.com; a flash memory product called the “Flash Padlock.”
SUPPLIED BY: Corsair
PRODUCT: Corsair Flash Padlock
2GB Thumb Drive
PROD LINK: Corsair’s current offerings.
PRICE: $34.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at time of testing!
You may have noticed that every once in a while we break away from the usual PSU review with something a little different. Decisions are made to review these “other” items based on the items uniqueness. So what makes Corsair’s newest flash memory effort “unique?” The fact that one can “lock” their data on the Flash Padlock makes it unique, but not just that… the locking of the data is not done with software encryption like other “secure” flash media devices.
The Corsair Flash Padlock actually uses a self-contained, hardware authentication to access data. A pin is entered onto an integrated touchpad that either “locks” or “releases” the data, and because the lock is hardware based, it is not restricted by different platforms, drivers, etc.
The first thing we need to tackle is the nearly impenetrable plastic packaging encasing the Corsair Flash Padlock. This is where I get to put a small plug in for the Black & Decker Cordless Power Scissors. I got a pair of these for Father’s Day this year. At first I thought it was a joke gift, but they’ve been great. I can’t wait until Christmas because I will get to be the hero that’s capable of opening all of the toys quickly and cleanly.
Once inside the packaging, I can pull all of the neat little cards out and get a good look at what Corsair is trying to sell here…
So above is a nice little diagram of the Flash Padlock. It looks very much like a simple thumb drive. Simple in that the USB plug doesn’t retract or fold. There is a cap that can get potentially get lost.
Along the top of the flash drive, we see the touch pad which includes locked and unlocked indicators, the numeric touchpad for entering a security code, a “key button” that is used to lock and unlock the drive and a “access indicator” that flashes as data is written and read to and from the drive.
Above is a photo of the actual Flash Padlock outside of the package. You’ll note that the locked, unlocked and access indicators aren’t actually red, green and blue. They are white. The do light up red, green and blue though.
Above is a picture of the front of the card inside the packaging. As you can see, Corsair has four shout outs here. These are explained in more detail below….
First, there’s the “Customizable PIN.” That means you can use your own PIN to lock the drive. PIN’s can be any number you choose up to ten digits.
Next is “Auto-Locking.” The flash drive will automatically lock itself 15 seconds after it’s been unplugged from the computer’s USB port.
“Easy to Use.” We’ll see about that! 🙂
“Plug-n-Play.” Because the PIN programming is built into the hardware, the Flash Padlock does not require drivers or any special software to function. This makes it more universal than some similar units.
Finally, we have a “family photo” of everything included in the package. From left to right, we have a nylon lanyard, the actual Flash Padlock product and a 24″ long USB extension cable.