SanDisk launches new gear: the thumbdrive is now the thumbnail drive

Everyone has a USB flashdrive, and some of us have too many. SanDisk has this week added several new drives, including one that’s the size of your thumbnail.

Called the Cruzer Fit, it’s been designed to fit into a USB slot and not bother anything. At a little bit under 2cm long, it’s easy to see why: the USB drive is positively tiny, packing in between 4GB and 16GB of storage into a size that will barely be noticed if permanently plugged into a laptop.

The Cruzer Switch has a specific way of opening.

New to the lineup is the Cruzer Switch, a USB drive that arrives in a flip-top design, making it hard for you to lose the cap protecting the USB stick.

A special type of USB drive was also shown, allowing you to store your photos, videos, and documents in a “Memory Vault”. Available in 8GB and 16GB capacities, the new storage solution has been designed to store your favourite files for “up to 100 years”.

SanDisk's ruggedised Memory Vault, designed to hold your memories for "up to 100 years".

We’re not sure if a century is something SanDisk can test for, but Product Marketing Manager Edwin Cheng assures us that SanDisk “has used industry standard techniques to be able to give confidence to our legal department to let us use the 100 year mark.”

The announcement also expanded the range of SD cards and storage solutions on offer,  increasing speed and size options for lovers of photography and videography. Those of you with fast cameras will appreciate the release of new SD cards, designed to take advantage of high-speed shooting with new 64GB SDXC cards capable of 600X write-speeds, roughly translating to 90MB/s.

Even mobile phones and compact cameras supporting microSD can share in the high-speed love, with a new microSDXC card offering up to 64GB of storage in 200X speeds (equivalent to 30MB/s).

A newly released card reader (above) will help you get the files to and from the card, taking advantage of the high-speed USB 3.0 connections now appearing on computers. No word on a version for Apple’s own speedy Thunderbolt ports, but we’re hopeful given Apple hasn’t thrown USB 3.0 into any of its computers yet.