Date: October 3rd, 2007
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Corsair's Flash Padlock gives users the confidence of having a hardware-secured lock to protect their data on an USB drive. Featuring auto-lock hardware security, Flash Padlock is the best way to secure your data while on the go. This prevents any unauthorized access or “Brute Force” attack to the data on Flash Padlock. Users can program in a PIN, much like they do for an ATM machine, to lock/unlock their data. An easy to use keypad in conjunction with lock/unlock indicator lights makes the Flash Padlock highly intuitive to use. Lastly, the Flash Padlock is fully plug-and-play, and requires no software or drivers to work properly.
Auto-Locking – Self locking after removal from computer
Customizable PIN – Set your own PIN and make it easy to remember
Easy to Use – Direct keypad access and indicator lights make locking/unlocking simple
Plug and Play – Hardware based security works without installing or running software
Platform independent – Works on Windows, MAC and Linux platforms without the use of software
PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Flash Padlock comes in a standard blister pack, listing the specifications and features both front and back.
Inside the pack is the drive, a lanyard, a short extension cable, and an instruction manual.
The drive itself is festooned with a series of buttons on the front face: a key button and five numbered keys, as well as three LED's to indicate locked/unlocked and activity.
The USB connector is protected by a plastic cap.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Installation of the drive is straightforward; simply plug it in, and the drive is recognized immediately by Windows. But first, you should read the instruction manual and set your passcode.
Setting a code is easy. Simply press and hold the Key button until both the red and green LED's light. Enter your passcode, up to 10 digits. Press the Key button again, and re-enter your passcode. Press the Key button one more time, and you're all set. The Padlock will now automatically lock after 15 seconds.
The auto-lock feature works two ways. The Padlock will automatically lock after 15 seconds, unless the drive is plugged into your computer. The second way auto-lock works is to automatically lock the drive after unplugging from your computer. Either way, you're not likely to forget to lock the drive after use.
You can also leave the drive permanently unlocked by not setting a passcode, or deleting the passcode you entered earlier.
Corsair also offers a feature through their website that allows you to register your passcode, in case you forget it.
Now, how about transfer speed? The Padlock clocked in at one minute, forty-two seconds to transfer a 700mb file. Not the speediest drive around, but certainly admirable.
There are a couple of problems I found with the Padlock. First, the removable cap can easily fall off or be lost. I would prefer to see the cap somehow attached to the drive. The second is the number key buttons. Each button has two numbers, but Corsair doesn't say how to differentiate between 1 and 2 in your passcode. The instructions should have some description, but oddly enough, they don't.