Compatibility • MacBook Air 13-inch • MacBook Pro 13 and 15-inch • MacBook Pro with Retina 13-inch • Supports 128GB microSD • Works with Time Machine
Learn more: eu.theniftyminidrive.com
Available from: stormfront.co.uk
After cooking up the Nifty Mark 1 by hand back in March 2012 (metal, fibreglass and silicon for five minutes at 230°C), creatives Piers and Steve asked the Kickstarter community for $11,000 to help realise their product commercially. A month and $384,319 later, their campaign was a roaring success. By September 2013, the first batch of Nifty MiniDrives were sold out.
The reason for their success is both the simplicity of the Nifty MiniDrive and the solution it offers for the portable storage problem. External HDs are cumbersome, USB sticks wear out and stick out the side of a MacBook (so need to be removed when packing up), while cloud storage is limited by internet connection. The Nifty plugs in and works right off the bat, fitting so seamlessly into a Mac that you wouldn’t even realise it’s there.
Transfer speeds depend on the capabilities of the microSD card you’re using and your Mac’s SD card reader. Most pre-2012 MacBooks are capped at 60MB/s, so speeds aren’t terribly fast, but they do equal most USB sticks and cloud syncs. Running files from the Nifty MiniDrive was fine, too – we only experienced lag when we were testing out 4K video.
The Nifty works perfectly with Time Machine and can also hold things like your iTunes library or Dropbox, so it’s the ideal backup solution for side-loading. And did we mention that it looks great? Gorgeous shades of silver and red make the Nifty MiniDrive stand out when plugged into your MacBook – if you aren’t looking at it side-on, that is. Highly recommended.
Pros Innovative, easy to use and very competitively priced
Cons Each is designed to only support one type of MacBook