Kanguru debuts FireWire Flash thumb drive

The Kanguru Fire Flash is a high quality, high performance FireWire Flash thumb drive that is extremely compact and lightweight. The Kanguru Fire Flash is driverless on most current operating systems – just plug it into a 6 Pin Firewire port and you are ready to go.

Key Features:
– High Speed Firewire (6 Pin)
– Extremely Portable, Only 3 inches long
– Weighs only 30g
– Uses Top Grade Flash Memory
– Works with Windows, Macintosh and Linux
– Driverless on most Operating Systems
– Cable free, requires no external power

Package includes:
– Firewire Flash Drive
– Firewire Docking Station
– 6 to 4 Pin Converter
– USB Power Cable for Converter
– Drivers and Manuals CD

The Kanguru Fire Flash comes in the following capacities:
– Kanguru Fire Flash 128MB – $54.95
– Kanguru Fire Flash 256MB – $79.95
– Kanguru Fire Flash 512MB – $139.95
– Kanguru Fire Flash 1GB – $219.95
– Kanguru Fire Flash 2GB – $449.95
– Kanguru Fire Flash 4GB – $999.95
  
More info here.

14 Comments

  1. sounds good until you need to put/get data on a computer that doesn’t have firewire. i was an IT guy up until a couple months ago and even i didnt have a computer with firewire.

  2. It’s nice that it uses FireWire and all… but those prices are way out of touch from reality. Which would you rather have, a 1 GB Flash drive for $219, or a 4 GB iPod mini for $249? That’s what I thought. (To put things in perspective, my sister is getting a portable 60 GB FireWire hard drive for Christmas. IIRC, it cost $129.)

    Flash is a neat technology, but small doesn’t necessarily equal useful.

  3. cat person —
    As far as 60 GB large vs. 1 GB small, you always pay more for compact size. Is it worth it? It depends on your needs and pocketbook. I’m a professional photographer using digital cameras and use Compact Flash cards exclusively. I won’t touch the IBM microdrive (micro hard drive) for my camera even though you get more space for less money. I’ve dropped my cards countless times and never broke a sweat! They have even gone through the wash a few times without a hitch. Try that with a micro hard drive!

    On the other hand I recently bought a FireWire 800/400 hard drive and opted for the bigger drive that required a separate power supply rather than a smaller one that ran on the power running through the FireWire cable. I wanted lots of space for a little money. Hard drive’s will be far more popular than flash memory for a long time to come. I decided against USB 2 because I knew I would only plug it into Mac’s and had NO desire to run it on USB 1.

  4. I don’t know if I’d pay $219 for a 1GB iPod flash. I might pay $199 though…

    Cat Person, et al:
    HD iPods are well and good, but people like my wife who exercise every day, a good flash player is highly desireable. Runners and bikers for instance, and there are many out there, have trouble with HD players that skip and sieze. Even the iPod will stop playing after 4 (or so) songs if it gets shaken too hard. Pounding legs of a fast runner easily does this.

  5. Now if they had one that was firewire on one side and USB on the other I might buy one. The major reason I use these things is to transfer to other computers and like Carl said most windozers don’t have firewire yet.

    How many years ago did Apple go to having firewire standard? Add 5 years and thats about when it will become standard on windoze machines. It really is true, if you want to see what most computers will be like in 5 years, look at the Mac today.

  6. Jack A: “How many years ago did Apple go to having firewire standard? Add 5 years and thats about when it will become standard on windoze machines.”

    And while we’re at it, how long ago did Apple throw out the floppy disc??

    My thoughts exactly, Jack. Most of the WinTel boxes I’ve seen that even HAVE Firewire only have the 4-pin version. (that’s why iPods cannot charge when plugged into a PC, right?) Where does this drive get its power from when it’s plugged into a WinTel with crippled Firewire, I ask you?

    I can’t figure out how Kanguru is getting away with calling this thing ‘cross-platform’; Maybe they’re hedging their bets that 6-pin Firewire will take off in the PC world soon…

  7. I think everyone is missing the point on this one. You need to look at the price points for this device. With that in mind, I doubt IF THERE WAS a flash iPod that it would hold more than 512 Mb (~120-150 songs). You could then sell the iPod with a price point around $99 and market it with iTunes songs for $0.99.
    Hey, then Apple could claim that the flash iPod costs only 100 songs. Get it!?

  8. I think you are all missing the point. The device is a fast firewire device. No other benefit besides the speed, which you are going to pay a premium for in the first place. Yes, I have installed 800mb Firewire cards in WinTell boxes recently. So it is cross platform compatible, not only that, it comes with the adapter. It uses a very small amount of power in the first place, so yes, the old four pin firewire ports will adequately power a flash drive.

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