"How hard can it be?"1.5 starson by pjcamp
Pros: Big and fast
Cons: Lots of money for something whose cap is guaranteed to be lost
Summary: In the hopes that someone somewhere is listening, let me point out that a USB storage device needs to satisfy these criteria:
1. Attaches securely to a keychain or lanyard
2. Protects the USB port in a way that won't get lost
3. However it chooses to protect the port must lock in both the open and closed positions
Apparently, these three conditions together pose an insurmountable engineering challenge since there isn't a single device on the market that manages to get all three of them completely right. The Sandisk Cruzer has a locking retractor, but the halves separate in a pocket just enough for it to come loose from a keychain. I was given an Ativa which has a retracting design and a secure keychain attachment. Trouble is the retracter locks in the open position but not in the closed position so of course it is never closed. And I have a whole drawer full of devices from a variety of manufacturers that no longer have caps.
$400+ is an awful lot of cash to drop on something with a cap that is going to get lost and expose the electronics to stray static discharge. Way to drop the ball, La Cie.