LaCie FastKey 120GB review

  • £359.99

It's small enough to take anywhere, but is the LaCie FastKey 120GB worth the money?

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For

  • Very fast
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Size

Against

  • Speed drops with capacity
  • Very expensive

You could be forgiven for mistaking the LaCie FastKey for a standard USB flash drive. However, the FastKey is a bit special, bridging the gap between traditional USB drives and external hard drives.

The small size makes it incredibly portable, although with 120GB of your precious data stored on it, you won't want to take it out and about too often. Handily, it can sit unobtrusively in a PC or connected to a router to create a NAS device.

The reason it's so small is because it's a solid state drive, and the lack of moving parts means it's also very fast. In our tests, it took just 16 seconds to transfer a 1GB file, with the average speed being 93Mb/s.

The FastKey comes in three sizes, 30GB, 60GB and 120GB, with performance increasing according to capacity. We tested the 120GB version, which performed very well, but it's disappointing that opting for less storage space means accepting a drop in speed.

Even so, the LaCie FastKey does a good job of backing up important files. Although it doesn't come with back-up software (which Seagate is keen on providing with its external hard drives – often to the annoyance of its customers due to the quality of said software), the FastKey includes powerful AES 256 encryption and a two-year subscription for 4GB of online storage.

The build quality is great too, with an outer shell made from aluminium, but there's no escaping that this is an incredibly expensive external hard drive – especially in its 120GB incarnation. There are plenty of alternatives that will do just as much for less.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Drive
Product FamilyFastKey
Brand NameLaCie
Storage Capacity120 GB
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Height9 mm
Width27 mm
Length104 mm
ManufacturerLaCie
Product Model130980
Product Name120GB FastKey 130980 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Product LineFastKey
Manufacturer Part Number130980
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lacie.com/
Marketing Information

Tiny Size, Serious Technology

The LaCie FastKey isn't just another USB key-it's a real mobile SSD. It's one of the speediest, most robust choices on the market for portable data storage. Featuring a solid-state drive and DRAM cache, it also offers up to 120GB of capacity.

Weight (Approximate)33 g