In the of world of bitcoin hardware wallets, there are three tiers of product. For people looking for a storage solution that is inexpensive, and who are willing to sacrifice features but not security, there are a handful of stripped down models including the $32 Ledger.
On the other end of the scale a fully featured wallet, like the $200 Case, has a biometric reader, multisignature signing by default, and connects directly to cell phone towers so you don’t even need to connect it to a smart phone or computer in order to use it. At this time, Case shares that top-of-the-line wallet status with nobody, although competition from Mycelium and Butterfly Labs have both been in the works for some time.
Right in the middle of these two tiers is a price point where the first hardware wallet resides, the $119 Trezor. This tiny hardware wallet with open source firmware is a respected product in the bitcoin community, and was highly anticipated prior to its launch late last year. It is made of a reinforced plastic providing durability and does a top-notch job of securing and spending your bitcoin stash.
Unfortunately, it’s hardware design leaves some wanting more. First and foremost, the OLED screen on a Trezor is infamously tiny, making all interactions with it a potential strain on the eyes. With a screen not much larger than your thumbnail, reading the Trezor’s screen is required every time you interact with it, and you commonly have to scroll through instructions displayed there in order to do many normal functions with it.
Some people may feel that overall the Trezor unit is too small, implying that it could be easily lost or at least you won’t feel it in your pocket. For a device
Originally appeared at: http://bravenewcoin.com/news/bitcoin-hardware-wallet-keepkey-builds-on-trezors-security/