Top gear: the Magic Mushroom and HyperX

Features Feb 26, 2013

David Hayward takes a look at one ludicrously expensive USB stick and one blisteringly fast one

USB flash drives, sticks, pens, or whatever you want to call them have become such a part of our computing lives that we often take them for granted. The sheer number I have at my disposal, in front of me at this moment on my desk, is quite astonishing. But they all serve a purpose, mainly transferring something from one item of technology to another, or being used as a boot device for a variety of live Linux distros.

For some though, the humble USB flash drive is something to be coveted, adored and used as a fashion accessory; others however demand the very best performance, and only the fastest need apply for a position in their collection.

Luckily, we have two such extremes this week for you to gasp at, drool over or blink in amazement and disbelief. The first is known as the Magic Mushroom and the second, the HyperX.

Luxurious stick device

The Magic Mushroom, as it’s lovingly called, is a 32GB USB flash drive that has been inspired from the pages of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The company behind this sparkly device have reasoned that the fashionable elite must be in want for something that combines literary history and the modern technological world. At least, that’s what we think.

Shawish have designed many a bejewelled item in the past, including the world’s first solid diamond ring, so this mushroom-shaped USB flash drive, decked out and crafted in white gold, rubies, emeralds and white diamonds, is just another oddity to add to their collection.
Should you want it to add to your collection, however, you’re going to have to part with a whopping $37,000, or £23,402. If your bank balance isn’t quite up for that though, there is a lesser jewelled version available for the paltry sum of $16,500, or £10,436.

Expensive it may be, but it does look rather nice. And, if you do get to own one, then you’re guaranteed to be one fun-guy to be around!


The Kingston 64GB DataTraveler HyperX USB flash drive has the honour of being one of, if not the, fastest USB flash drives in existence. For the time being anyway.

It has read speeds of up to 225MB/s, write speeds topping 135MB/s (when used on a USB 3.0 port) and is designed to withstand almost anything the average pocket can throw at it when being carried around.

It is quite impressive, to say the least. Transferring large files to and from various devices is a breeze and the large 64GB certainly helps out when this flash drive is being used as a backup device of sorts. Install an operating system on it, and you’ll end up with a device that boots with astonishing speeds and offers enough space to warrant this as being a true computer-in-your-pocket.

Interestingly, this is a device that we can all afford. Usually, the cost of the items on these pages are only for the ultra-wealthy, with more money than sense, but the HyperX comes in at just £63 and can be purchased from the likes of Ebuyer and Amazon. So there’s no reason why we can’t all enjoy the blistering speeds offered by those nice people at Kingston.

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