It’s great to see Corsair morph the Padlock drive and Flash Voyager drive into 1 drive. Not only do you get the 256-bit AES encryption from the padlock system you also get great protection from pretty much anything with the Voyager design. The Voyager was one of my favorite drives and the new Padlock 2 is most likely going to be my primary USB flash drive from now on. Also if something crazy does happen to the drive it does have a 10 year warranty.
The Padlock system is very easy to use as you saw on the second page of this review. Each pin you set can be 4-10 digits long. The pin can easily be changed and you can also set a master pin in case you give this drive to someone to use and they forget their pin. Say you do forget your pin, don’t worry the drive won’t become a paperweight. You can reset the drive by pressing the Key and 0/1 at once then pressing 9-1-1 into the keypad. If you do this all data on the drive will be lost though.
Corsair only offers this in an 8GB version; many people may wonder why there are not larger capacities available. This drive is made to secure important documents and data, which usually is not that big. Remember that 8GB will fit 2,000 MP3’s. No word yet if there will be larger capacities available of the Padlock 2 in the future.
The Padlock 2 can be found only for around $55 at my favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB USB Flash Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Basically indestructible!
– Padlock system is very easy to use
– 256-bit AES encryption
– Only available in an 8GB version
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