Toy Box: I-Stick is worth storing in your memory

The first PC I ever worked on didn't have a hard drive, just two giant floppy drives. (Yes, my gray hair is real, not done for effect to make me look more authoritative).

The first PC I ever worked on didn't have a hard drive, just two giant floppy drives. (Yes, my gray hair is real, not done for effect to make me look more authoritative).

So I'm amazed at how far the world of computer memory has come in the past 20 years. Now companies like PQI are offering portable memory devices.

The PQI Intelligent Stick 2.0 (I-Stick for short) is a USB flash memory device that easily plugs into your PC and seamlessly accepts whatever you want to store on it.

I can see great utility for this if you (like I) sometimes have to work in different offices. The tiny carrying case even has a clip to put it on your shirt pocket if you want to look like a true nerd.

The model I tested came with 64 MB, which I filled up more quickly than I thought I would. Other models are available with up to 512 MB. A 1 GB version is planned by year's end. (By comparison, my first PC had a 10 MB hard drive.)

The PQI device is compact and easy-to-use, so I highly recommend it.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

- John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

Price $39.99 (64 MB) to $199.99 (512 MB)

Available at CompUSA, Sam's Club, E-Buyer, and other online outlets

Specs 1.75" long, 2.5" in its carrying case. Available up to 512 MB

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