Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Review
Packaging & Appearance
The Flash Padlock 2 is provided in a clear plastic blister pack with all sides of the packaging bonded together to prevent it from being tampered with in a retail store environment. This also makes it near impossible to remove the drive when you've legitimately paid for it and taken it home. An ideal medium would be to have some form of perforated area at the back of the packaging that can be torn to gain access to the drive. At least that way it prevents the "Who was the last person to use the bl**dy scissors" argument, and a trip to the dentist after attempting to chew your way through the plastic.
The packaging does have its advantages though, namely the benefit of placing the drive fully on show so that potential buyers can get a good look at exactly what they are about to drop £50 on. Additionally, the cardboard insert at the rear of the packaging gives some basic information about the drive along with a run-down of the accessories (such as a lan-yard and USB extension cable) which can be seen below.
Thankfully a small manual printed in English, French and German is also included. This gives essential details on how to set up, use and reset the Padlock 2 device. One area it doesn't seem to cover though is how to use the dual-digit keypad on the device if for example you wanted to set the PIN to 2233. Would you for example just press the 2|3 button four times, would you add a few second between each key press, or is it just not possible at all?
The flash drive its self is pretty huge in comparison to most 8GB memory drives and could easily invoke the tiresome "Is that an [insert item] in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me" remark if it happened to be orientated in an unfortunate position while attached to your keyring. To be fair though, fitting six buttons and two status LED's (along with all the inner-workings) on a device of this size is still fairly impressive. And to make it feel as robust as it does is something that Corsair should certainly be commended for.