Remember those huge black 5.25-inch floppy discs you had to carry around to transfer files from one computer to another, and then you nearly wet your pants when you first heard about the 1.44MB 3.5-inch floppies? Think back to your reaction to the 100MB zip drives. Wasn’t it great to be able to store more and more data on progressively smaller media? Well, all of the above mentioned portable storage solutions are all but obsolete these days, thanks to the rapidly shrinking external hard drives and, more notably, USB thumb drives.
When small isn’t small enough, Teac Corp of Japan offers a line of tiny flash drives that they simply dub “Flash Drive Mini.” While it may not have as small a footprint as the Petito, or the incredible “entry level” storage capacity of Buffalo, this line of USB 2.0 thumb drives from Teac is still quite a valid option for the rest of us. With capacities ranging from 128MB to 1GB (with prices ranging from 1,850 to 6,980 Yen), the Teac Flash Drive Mini is capable of 7.5MB/sec read/write speeds.
Other key features include pre-installed password protection, and a protective cover that can turn 180 degrees when not in use (no more lost caps).