Conclusion: Looking at the drive we can see it is not a speed monster, this is not what Corsair intended when they created it either. They created this to be a secure drive to use when you got secret documents which you don’t want other to see or something similar.
Summary: As far as we've seen, the Flash Padlock 2 delivers on its promises: the PIN locking and unlocking system works, the drive doesn't even register on a host system when locked, performance seems very acceptable, and the enclosure can take plenty of punishment. Sure, the button interface on the front could be a little more intuitive, and the rubber enclosure could probably do its job without blocking off adjacent USB ports. But those are fairly minor complaints.
Summary: Sure, the Padlock 2 may not the fastest flash drive out there. In fact one may categorize it as being slow, but you have to realize who would be buying a flash drive like this. There are plenty of drives out there with 256-bit AES encryption, but very few have an active lock/unlock mechanism in form of a number pad or fingerprint reader.
Pros: Fairly strong 256-bit AES encryption, Seems to use a volume base encryption (VBE), Entering PIN is easy and buttons respond well, No software or dependency on host system to enter PIN, Master PIN functionality perfect for corporate environments, Resilient against de-soldering of the flash IC, LEDs to denote encryption status, Rubber housing makes the Padlock 2 resistant against everyday wear and tear, USB Extension cable included, Blue lanyard included, Large blue acc...
Cons: Only five real digits available, not 10, Two minute timeout can be circumvented, allowing for a continous brute force attack, Fairly slow performance, should not be attributed to the VBE though, A bit too large for a key chain, You may lose the rubber cap easily, Only available in 8 GB - nothing larger or smaller, Packaging difficult to open, 256-bit AES is not unhackable
Summary: With its ease of use, 256-bit AES encryption, passive locking, cross-platform compatibility, and stylish form, Corsair has improved upon their original secure drive design with their Flash Padlock 2. You need not look any further if you need to tote around sensitive data with 100% confidence.
Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB USB Flash Drive Review
25 February 2010
Summary: Final Thoughts
It’s great to see Corsair morph the Padlock drive and Flash Voyager drive into 1 drive. Not only do you get the 256-bit AES encryption from the padlock system you also get great protection from pretty much anything with the Voyager design. The Voyager was one of my favorite drives and the new Padlock 2 is most likely going to be my primary USB flash drive from now on. Also if something crazy does happen to the drive it does have a 10 year warranty.
Pros: – Basically indestructible!, – Padlock system is very easy to use, – 256bit AES encryption
Excerpt: 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.
Corsair Padlock Secure USB 2.0 Flash Memory Drive Review
16 October 2007
Excerpt: Security is a very big deal. If you're just transferring some music files and family pictures, it might not be all that important, but if you're transporting financial documents and other personal information, it's important to protect that data however you can.
Summary: The Flash Padlock 2GB USB Drive performed very well in terms of transfer speeds and the security features it advertises. Setup is simple, the drive provides the reliability you would expect from a Corsair product, and they back it all up with a 36 month warranty on parts and labor.
A search of finds the 2GB version of the Flash Padlock available for $35 and up, and the 1GB version available for $23 and up.
Pros: » Fast, » Security features work as advertised, » Easy to use
Cons: » Costs more than other 2GB drives, » No encryption of data, » Logical protection only, » Security can be by-passed
Summary: The performance of the Corsair Padlock flash drive really surprised me. I haven’t seen a flash drive that could reach 18MB a second. At this speed, you could easily use a portable version of Firefox without any slowdown.