Summary: I bought this to backup all of the files on my computer. It fits nicely on a keyring, but it is not made to last. This drive consists of two thin stamped metal pieces pressed together. After a couple of months, one of the sides began to bend away from the other side (this drive wasn't mistreated at all, it simply sat along with my keys in my pocket when I wasn't using it.) Don't buy this if you want a sturdy, dependable drive for everyday use.
Summary: I got it because I liked the looks of it. That hasn't changed - it looks great - but it has issues. 1) It doesn't fit snugly into the USB port - it is kind of loose, which is annoying. 2) There is some flimsy piece of plastic to act as protective cover for the contacts, but I cannot imagine who wouldn't loose it right away. 3) There are certain types of files that it will not let you transfer. Conclusion: please, do not buy it.
Summary: looks good, but the copper leads are exposed! who designed that? if I put these on my actual keychain, the lead will be so corroded over time I won't be able to access my data, so what's the point?
Summary: I had this guy for a few days before returning it. Continuous write: ~5 MB/s. Continuous read: ~20 MB/s. Pros: Strong, durable & and pretty neat looking Cons: Windows 7 takes FOREVER for the drive to appear (up to 1 minute), even if you've inserted before. I don't know why it was like this, but ultimately, this is why I returned the key. Also, sometimes my computer wouldn't recognize the drive at all.
Summary: LaCie buries their Supported OS requirements for their encryption software: [...]. It wasn't until after I purchased the key and talked to customer service that they simply stated they don't support 64 bit. You can store and transfer files on the flash drive, but don't look to encrypt them unless you have your own software.
Summary: Beware: stopped being recognized by multiple computers after 6 months. And the tiny plastic protector for the metal interface will easily get lost. Great idea, poorly implemented. Disappointed as I've had a LaCie external drive for over 6 years with no problems at all.
LaCie iamakey v2 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Drawbacks
1 April 2011
Summary: On the whole I am NOT satisfied with the key flash drive. For the cost of the key, in my opinion, it has a major design flaw, an open tip connector. For about $50.00 for a 16 Gig key, I would like to have a much better design. The USB Gold connectors are fully open without any type of slide to protect the connector. To be fair, the tech specs do say, "its connector (Gold SIP) is both water- and scratch-resistant.
Summary: I ordered this flash drive because it was a good looking product, but looks aren't everything. I only had the flash drive for a very short time before the plastic protective cover came off and was lost forever. I would NOT recommend this product, I am afraid to use it on my keychain without the protective cover. More thought should have gone into this product.
Summary: I have the 8GB iamakey, I keep it in a keyring with 6 other common door lock keys and a Leatherman Micra, it is very well built, looks great, and everybody loves it for the looks. And because to the usage and environment, I can warrant that it is sturdy and with rock solid mechanics. However, this thing is SLOW... VERY, ABSURDLY AND INCREDIBLE SLOW.
Summary: Oh what a disappointment this cleverly designed little device has been! Aside from the usual problem that all flash-drives have with the cap vanishing within days (exacerbated by the tiny flimsiness of this one) the drive itself is not reliable! I've had two fail within a year, fortunately I keep backups! My first drive came from Walmart and lasted about nine months, LaCie shipped me a new one which lasted three.