The Mega Memory USB
Watch is a combination wrist watch and USB storage device. By making a watch serve
as a storage device, what better way to ensure you always have your important data
with you? The USB connector is built in to the wrist band so it can be easily extracted
for connection to a USB port, but its not obvious while its on your wrist that its
anything but a watch. The watch comes with an extra extension cable so you can hook
it up to a USB port while leaving it on your wrist, or you can remove the watch or
just hold your wrist next to the USB port if you don't have the extension cable.
Once the USB connector is plugged into your Mac's USB port, a 32MB disk drive appears
on your desktop. Transport data, save important files as a back up, or share a few
- The USB watch goes for
$49.95, but PowerMax is currently offering it free with any CPU purchase (after rebate).
- Standard USB 1.1 connectivity
- Built in USB plug
- No external power supply
- Plug and play operation
- Shock proof and anti-static
- 3 year battery life
The Mega Memory USB watch is exactly as advertised. It is a fully functioning
analog watch with a secluded USB cable that, when plugged into your Mac, turns your
watch into a 32MB disk drive.
The watch itself is
sturdy, made of a software rubbery plastic. It's certainly not as comfortable as
a leather watch, but as plastic banded watches go, it is pretty decent. It's simple
to set the time, and operates just like a standard analog watch. The band is black,
with a silver metal frame over the timepiece. The timepiece is glass covered, and
the background of the piece has "PowerMAX" inscribed in large letters with
"32MB" inscribed below it in smaller letters. I guess that is to remind
you how much disk space the watch offers in case a different size watch is released.
On one of the bands
is where the USB cable is entrenched, and the connector is cleverly covered by the
overlapping strap (the thin cable is exposed in the trench, but looks like a pin
stripe rather than a cable). Most people will not know that the watch is a USB disk
drive from looking at it on your wrist (the techno geeks who see "USB"
on the band slip cover or "32 MB" on the time piece will have a good idea).
There is a spine on the underside of the band where the cable is entrenched, but
I couldn't feel it while wearing the watch.
I liked the black
band with the silver timepiece frame theme, but I didn't care for the background
of the timepiece. I don't mind the brand name being on it, but it was displayed in
a messy way (making the minute and hour hands harder to see). The mini-URL for PowerMax
listed under the brand gave it the appearance of an advertisement.
NOTE: The picture
on the PowerMax web site indicates that the PowerMax silver background was dropped
in favor of a much more stylish black background.
As a USB drive, I
did find it easy and convenient to whip out the USB cable and connect it to my Mac.
It serves as a very reliable 32MB drive, making it simple to carry around important
data. It almost has a "James Bond" feel to it, and is certainly a far cry
from the old "secret agent" days of carrying important papers locked in
a brief case handcuffed to your wrist.
The Mega Memory
USB Watch is a fully functioning analog wrist watch that serves reliably as a 32MB
disk drive as well. It sports a nice silver and black color theme, although the timepiece
background could be improved. It is fairly comfortable to wear with a soft plastic
band, and except for a few textual hints, the watch conceals it's USB disk drive
function quite well. With the USB cable hidden in the wrist band, it is easy to pull
the USB connector out and plug it into a USB port, or into the USB extension cable
that comes with the watch. This is not a watch you would buy for design or comfort,
and probably not something you would wear everyday. This watch is designed for the
gadget loving techie, and provides a fun and convenient way to transfer documents and songs.
- Unique analog watch
and USB disk drive combination
- USB cable well concealed
- Cool "James
Bond" gadget for transporting documents
- Solid construction
and reliable function
- Timepiece background
- Bulky comfort
- A bit pricey for
a 32MB drive
- May have limited
3 1/2 out of 5 Mice