Corsair 8GB Padlock 2 USB Flash Drive ReviewSun, Feb 28, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
There are a couple of things to keep in mind about the Flash Padlock 2. The unlocking process is all done via the drive, independent from other devices and software. This makes it very flexible to be used on multiple computing platforms (Mac, Linux, etc) without conflict or need for special procedures or drivers and protects it from software hacks and key-logging viruses. However, some companies who require encrypted removable storage devices cannot perform the validation across networks to ensure users are following drive protocol. Therefore, the use of the Flash Padlock 2 may not be acceptable at those companies since no encryption validation can be performed passively as set up by the administrator. This may not affect many people but my own employer follows this validation process and I thought it was worth mentioning.
The changes made to the Flash Padlock 2 over its predecessor are all for the better. From the exterior design, to the addition of a master PIN option as a safeguard against the loss of the user PIN – all are welcomed changes. IF I had to find a fault, I’d point out that there is nowhere to put the cap when it use which could lead to loss for careless or distracted users. It does stay on firmly when capped so there’s little chance of losing the cap during transport. Like the original Padlock, there is a non-replaceable internal battery which powers the keypad system. The battery recharges when plugged in and takes about an hour to fully charge. Should it deplete, you can still access the drive as normal except that it will need to be plugged in prior to entering your PIN.
Since the 256-bit AES encryption is strong enough to protect the US
Government classified data files, it should be more than ample for Joe user. While overall drive I/O metrics are not world-class, the whole raison d’être of the Padlock 2 is data security, not speed. As such, the realm of portable data security is where the drive excels and does indeed exhibit world-class performance.
With 8GB of storage, there aren’t many users who will find capacity
lacking. The Padlock 2 would make an excellent off-site backup drive for your critical data as it offers both the security and portability to make this task a breeze. Overall, the only nitpick I had was the lack of place to secure the cap when the drive is in use. If that’s the only complaint I can come up with, Corsair must be doing something right. I found the Padlock 2 to be simple to use, aesthetically pleasing and darn good at its core function of protecting data. It doesn’t hurt that the price tag is less than many other secure drives at only $55.
Legit Bottom Line: 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.