Corsair Padlock 2GB review

£15
Price when reviewed

Three years ago, the biggest USB flash drives available were mighty 1GB devices costing around £140. Today, you can pay £30 less for 16 times the capacity, with additional features such as security thrown in.

Corsair Padlock 2GB review

From the Lexar to two flash drives that offer genuine hardware security. The Corsair Padlock sports an onboard five-button keypad that can be used to set up a user-defined PIN of up to ten digits. Once a PIN has been set, the device won’t communicate with the host OS until the correct code is entered. Unplug it and, after a few seconds, it automatically relocks itself. Speed was sub-par, with write and read tests taking 2mins 30secs and 56 seconds respectively, and it isn’t cheap for a 2GB device; but it’s secure and a reassuringly simple concept.

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