Company: Kingston Technology
Price: Not announced
Description: If it's hard for a mouse to impress your favorite geek, how much harder would it be for a thumb drive? What if it's a thumb drive that boots your own customized Windows desktop when you plug it into someone else's PC? That would lighten the carry-on bag a bit. While there are plenty of bootable Linux USBs, there are precious few with Windows. Kingston Technology's DataTraveler Workspace carries Windows to Go, the ultra-portable addition to Windows 8. Kingston is one of three thumb drives to be certified for it. It comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions and USB 3.0 speeds, but still needs to boot on top of a machine running Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer covering networking, security, virtualization, cloud computing, big data and IT innovation. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and other leading IT publications. View Full Bio