There are so many ways for us to share data; flash drives, portable hard disks, cloud storage, torrents, local area networks, and intranets are among the most popular methods. However, they also have their limitations, like file capacities, legal issues, hardware costs, and monthly fees (for paid cloud storage services).

We recently got our hands on the iTwin, a device that combines the ease of use and portability of flash drives with words that appeal to all consumers: added security, nonexistent file size and location restrictions, and lowered cost (depending on how you look at things). Sounds too good to be true? We didn't waste any time putting it into commission and finding out if it can walk the walk.

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  • Painless setup
  • No transfer and storage limits
  • Remote file access and disabling
  • Good security/privacy features
  • Support for Microsoft XP/Vista/7 only; no Mac and Linux
  • Internet connection required at all times
  • Price is too high for typical consumers
Bottom Line
  • A handy solution for those who often work on the go, but the OS limitation, required Internet connection, and high retail price may turn off some Filipino buyers
Editor's Pick No
Price US$99 (about P4,500)
Tech Specs
  • LED indicator
  • Symmetrical connector
  • Automatic software update
  • Host system requirements
    • OS support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 only; 32-bit and 64-bit
    • Hardware
      • RAM: 512MB minimum; 1GB recommended
      • Ports: USB 2.0
      • Hard disk: 15MB required
    • Internet connection: Broadband; 1Mbps upload speed recommended
  • Data security
    • 256-bit AES
    • Smart Key generation
    • Remote disabling function
  • Data authentication: HTTPS
  • Remote connection: via Amazon EC2
  • Operating requirements
    • Temperature: 32 to 158 F / 0 to 70C
    • Relative humidity: 5%-95% non-condensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet / 3,000 meters
  • Dimensions: 90 x 21 x 8mm
  • Weight: 50g

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