Sony's Micro Vault MACH thumbdrives move fast, look good doing it

Sony Micro Vault MACH

120 MB/s reads and 90 MB/s writes are far from the fastest in the thumbdrive game, but they're nothing to sneeze at either. While Sony's Micro Vault MACH may not lead the pack in raw speed, it holds its own and looks damnably good doing it. The USB 3.0 stick is cased in a brushed aluminum shell and sports a red indicator LED that, if it moved, might make it look like you had a Cylon attached to your PC. The drives should be available later this month in 16, 32 and 64GB varieties, though, pricing is still a mystery. Check out the gallery below and PR after the break.

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Sony goes faster with Super Speed USB 3.0 Flash Drive
17 January 2012

New Micro Vault MACH accelerates file saving and sharing

First USB 3.0 flash memory drive from Sony
Available in 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB capacities
Ultra-fast transfers up to 120 MB/s read / 90 MB/s write*
Sleek aluminium body with retractable USB connector and LED indicator

USB MACH 3.0 - open

Get ready for even faster saving, sharing and uploads of your personal media files. Brand-new Micro Vault MACH is the first family of flash memory drives from Sony with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology for blazing performance that won't slow you down.

Micro Vault MACH is ideal for consumers and business users who need the convenience and reliability of ultra-fast on-the-go data transfers. Available in capacities from 8GB up to 64GB, Micro Vault MACH offers data speeds up to 120 MB/s (read) and 90 MB/s (write)*. You'll enjoy faster sharing and uploads of music, photos, HD video and media-rich documents – and less time spent waiting for your files to copy.

Micro Vault MACH is backward-compatible with USB 2.0, so you can use it seamlessly with current PCs and other devices that don't support the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 standard.

Micro Vault MACH is encased in sleek, solid aluminium body that's built to withstand day-to-day knocks. The retractable USB connector's click mechanism offers extra protection while shrinking the drive's size for even greater portability. There's a handy LED indicator to give visual confirmation of data transfers when the drive is in use. For extra peace for mind, all drives come with a standard five-year warranty.

Downloadable software for Micro Vault MACH series includes File Rescue and x – Pict Story™. File rescue enables users to recover any important data that might have been deleted by mistake, making retrieving lost data such as images, movies and music files a breeze. The x – Pict Story™ software allows the creation of an automated photo presentation using the files stored on the Micro Vault.

The new Micro Vault MACH series of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed flash memory drives by Sony is available from January 2012.

* Based on Sony internal tests with USM64GQ as of November 2011. Transfer speed may vary depend on host devices, software and usage. Not guaranteed. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice