This is a showcase of Nexcopy's flagship line-up, which includes a robust USB duplicator, a unique flash drive printer and a proven USB copy protection solution.
May 2007 Ian Chiu
Nexcopy’s $1300 SSUSB160PC USB 3.0 Duplicator is in a class of its own. Primarily targeting a niche market, it is an industrial tool that can churn out 16 unique flash drive images at a time. This may not sound like a big deal for the average user, but if you have ever spent time doing this one by one, then you know how much time you can save in the long run.
As far as USB duplicators go, the Nexcopy is actually pretty stylish to look in a German engineered car sort of way. Its form also flows from its function; for example, having the top slope downwards from back to front makes it easy for to check all the status lights for the 16 ports.
After getting the software up and running, the steps to completing a drive duplication involves setting up a batch job; pointing the software to the files or ISO images you want to copy; and lastly, plugging in all the drives where you need the content duplicated. Our tests, which included preparation of Windows 7 64-bit ISO on 16 drives, showed the Nexcopy allowed us to finish a task about 13 times faster than doing it manually. Performance could be further improved if you opt for faster flash drives in lieu of generic ones.
The Nexcopy USB 3.0 duplicator really is a force multiplier. The more you use it for the same task the faster the process will get. After all, a good portion of time it took in testing was the setup phase. You could say the Nexcopy is a veritable money printing machine if you can find use to save thousand of man hours with this $1,300 duplicator. But at the end of the day, you might have to do your own cost-benefit analysis to determine the merits of this investment.
Custom printed drives are costly per unit if you don’t purchase in bulk, not to mention there’s turnaround time. So, if you only plan on preparing these in small quantity at moment’s notice, Nexcopy has an affordable yet simple solution. The LOGO-EZ – a 11 lb. printer based on HP Inkjet 1000 engine – allows you to print on anywhere from 6 to 28 flash drives with identical or different full-color images at a time.
Simply use the included software to upload your BMP, PNG, TFF or JPEG (at up to 4800-by-1200 resolution) and you will have custom full color coverings to go with your drives in less than a minute. The LOGO-EZ comes with trays to accomodate 7 different drive form factors, including the popular swivel and credit card. Additionally, it works on a variety of materials (i.e. matte, glossy plastic finish and aluminum body) but some of them need to be pre-coated to yield the best results.
The Nexcopy LOGO-EZ is ideal during situations when you need to brand the freebies with different images from time to time and couldn’t afford the standard turnaround time for custom USB drive order. At $2,400, it’s not something for everyone but small PR firms may appreciate the simplicity and relatively low fixed cost of the the printer.
Data security is of paramount importance in today’s digital era. While encryption is one method of protecting sensitive information and confidential data from prying eyes, it is, however, limited to an all-or-nothing access model. Nexcopy has a solution called USB Copy Protection that is more flexible and that can be customized to specific needs.
The said solution is essentially a Digital Right Management (DRM) system that allows complete control over the usage of files. The software works in tandem with Nexcopy’s CopySecure drives to create an environment that allows users to view the content exclusively but everything else is off limit. Document saving and printing as well as copying via text selection are restricted. As a matter of fact, there’s protection against common screen grabbers. Publishers can also expire files after a certain period as needed.
USB Copy Protection is platform independent as well as requiring no admin rights on Windows to open the files. Supported file types include all the popular open standards, including PDF, HTML, JPEG, PNG, MP3 and MP4. The drives can also be assigned a password for an extra layer of security. Last not but least, the DRM can work alongside Nexcopy’s USB duplicators to reduce preparation time for batch jobs.
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