Storage gifts for Christmas 2011

December 13, 2011 No Comments

Shopping for the geek who has everything? More storage is always welcome. While disk drives are pricey this year due to the Thai floods, other storage products are in plentiful supply with lower prices than last year. Here are my favorite picks.

One basic tip: more capacity is always better. Don’t skimp.

USB thumb drives
With sale prices down to as low as $1/GB from almost twice that last Christmas, thumb drives are a thoughtful and thrifty gift. 8GB and larger drives are recommended because they can hold a double-layer DVD worth of content – great for watching movies.

Some of my favorites include

  • Verbatim’s tiny Store ‘n Stay drives are small enough to remain in a USB port – on a laptop or a car stereo – without getting knocked off.
  • Super Talent’s Pico-C drives have a rugged metal case and no cap to lose. They can be clipped to key rings for always handy storage. The gold-plated 64GB is pricey, but makes a nice pendent for a girl geek.
  • Verbatim’s Clip-it drives are a colorful paper clip and USB drive in one. Great for adding multimedia content to a paper-based proposal.
  • Search on “novelty USB drives” and there’s something fun for everyone: animals, lollipops, sushi, pendents and such. Stocking stuffers?
  • 1st-gen USB 3.0 drives are available and some claim read/write speeds faster than most disks. If your recipient has a USB 3.0 equipped notebook they’ll be sure to appreciate the extra capacity and performance. Expect to spend close to $3/GB though for SSD-like speed – more than many SSDs – though lower performance 3.0 drives are close to $2/GB.

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