Hexino, a French company selling “fashion technology” under the brand RYVAL, may be offering the smallest USB flash drives available today with RYVAL Elf. This tiny mass storage device measure 1.8 cm x 1.8 cm x 0.68 cm, weights only 2 grams, and is available with capacities of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB.
The specifications listed on the company’s website are as follows:
- USB 2.0 compatible with Windows Vista, 7 and 8
- Write speed – Up to 4 MB/s
- Read speed – Up to 12 MB/s
- Weight – 2 grams
- Dimensions – 18 mm x 18 mm x 6.8 mm
- Capacity – 8 GB to 32 GB
- Colors – Blue, Pink, and Green
- Material – Aluminium
They only mention compatibility with Windows, but I don’t see why it could not work with Mac, Android, and Linux based devices and computers. It’s small enough to replace microSD cards for permanent storage expansion, so if you’ve got an Android tablet or mini PC with a full USB port it could be a neat way to add storage.
I’ve also been looking for a version with a micro USB port instead, but it does not appear to be available in that form factor, and all I could find from this company is Ryval Link 2-en-1 that features both a full sized USB port and a micro USB port, and measures 29.6 x 12 x 4.5 mm or
I’ve found the device via DealExtreme which sells the 8GB, 16GB and 32 GB for pricing ranging from $12.41 to $28.98, and it does not appear to be sold in many other places, except if you happen to live in France, where many online retailers such as CDiscount or Amazon FR sell Ryval products.
You can also visit RYVAL Elf page for a few more pictures.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.