SanDisk Ducati Edition Flash Drives Look Fast, Cool

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SanDisk teamed up with high-end Ducati motorcycles to pimp the raw speed of its latest flash memory drives and cards, and today rolled out some way cool-looking $124.99 USB flash drives that look like the gas tank on a Ducati motorcycle. They're also quick, at 20MBps read/ write speeds, have a 4GB capacity and include a lanyard so you can look like a tool wearing a flash drive around your neck as if it were jewelry. The company also rolled out some even faster flash cards, too.

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The company showed its latest SanDisk Extreme, 4GB ($164.99) and 8GB ($314.99) Compact Flash cards with 45MBps read/write speeds. They're able to withstand extreme temperatures, from -13°F to 185°F, and the company also says they're more rugged with silicon sealed internals, and also come with a fancy-schmancy case.

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SanDisk also showed its $129.99 SD Plus card (pictured above), with a USB plug inside so you won't need a reader. That drive is also capable of a speedy 20MB/sec. transfer rate. [Sandisk Ducati Edition USB Flash Drive]

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DISCUSSION

I'll never understand products like this: a fancy shell around a gadget that features less performance, but double the price, compared to other items in its class. Anybody who would buy this probably IS the type to wear it around their neck on the lanyard.

For reference, newegg sells red Corsair Flash Voyager drives in 4GB with 34MB/s read and 25MB/s write for $60, or an 8GB with 34MB/s read and 27MB/s currently on sale for $115. A blue one with 16GB (but no speed rating listed) is currently on sale for $124.99 — 4x the capacity as this Ducati thing for less money and quite likely similar performance.