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Leadtek My DigiBank
- No power cables needed
- Not as small as USB drive, small capacity, no security
With larger capacity USB flash drives available, that are both smaller and cheaper, it’s hard to recommend the DigiBank as a viable storage alternative.
Price$ 165.00 (AUD)
The LeadTek My DigiBank is a small 1.5GB external hard drive with a USB2.0 connection,that is designed for storing personal data. With its square design and USB swing connector, we couldn't help but be reminded of the 30GB LaCie Skwarim - although the Skwarim was created by an award winning designer and the DigiBank designers haven't worried too much about aesthetics at all.
Like the Skwarim, the USB connector swings out, but doesn't come out very far, meaning its very much up to the location of your USB port and associated devices as to whether you can use the DigiBank as is, or have to carry along the supplied USB extension cable. (Due to the presence of other USB devices, we had to use the USB cable to plug in the DigiBank to our test PC for example). Another common factor with the Skwarim is the lack of any need for power cables, as the unit conveniently draws power from the USB socket.
Measuring 78 x 54 x 13mm and weighing 70g, the DigiBank is both small and light, but we think still too big. At $165, the DigiBank is also quite expensive, when you consider you could pick up a 2GB USB flash drive for around $100. USB drives also have the advantage of both being smaller and more durable then external hard drives, as they have less moving parts. It's easy to hook up a USB drive to a key ring and carry it around, but not really practical to do so with the DigiBank.
Another concern with this unit is the lack of any security. Many external drives these days ship with password protection at least or biometric scans at an advanced level. In case your drive gets lost or stolen, at least you have the peace of mind of knowing your confidential data is cannot be accessed.
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