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So to begin with i am going to get the completly obvious out the way, this is solely a card reader, not a memory stick/flash drive. It has no physical memory in it what so ever, so that is an important thing to remember when searching for a portable storage device.
With regards to looks/aesthetics its clean, simple, silver with a black design and of course the trust logo. it is a little on the chunky side, and made of a relatively cheap looking plastic casing, but however i can not stress enough these arn't supposed to be a fashion accessary and so that does not lose any points for me.
With regards to functionality i would assume the predominant purpose is for reading memory cards that are from digital cameras, phones or other media devices, but that is not to say i can not be used as a portable storage device aswell, as long as you remember the memory card is an additional purchase.
It is defined as a 36 in 1 card reader however myself i have only ever use two memory cards in mine, both sandisk, 1 of which was a mini 8gb card and the other a 1gb card giving me a combined 9gb of data storage. In this situation that is a useful factor as i can boost the amount of memory based on a need by buying larger spaced memory cards and implementing the to my use.
When i first bought my card reader it was at around £10, probably £9.99, but lets not get too picky, and was solely for the function of moving images from my digital camera to my computer, it was only after i had that initial need for it i then adopted the use for it as a "flash drive". If you are purely after a small, portable storage device i would recommend a flash drive as this would work out as a costly way of achieving the same goal.
When you plug the card reader into your computer through the USB port, it immediatly picks up and opens each memory card as a specific drive located in "my computer" simple enough and easy to use. It is in my opinion as defined high speed, to what extent i do not exactly know but would not say i have to stand around all day waiting for my files to be transferred.
In summary its an incredibly useful device if you have a multiple functionality need for it as a memory drive, and card reader combined, just be wary of the principle of buying extra memory space.
I bought this in a rush, i had little choice,and yet it turned out to be both a bargin and a really reliable little device. The world of usb SD card readers is growing so fast and little devices like this are rapidly losing ground.
I've used it mostly for SD cards and never, ever, had a problem. It has dealt wonderfully with semi broken cards and reading cards other devices rejected. It's sturdy, well put together and mostly unbreakable. The computer processes from it quickly and it has always installed, whatever version of operating system I've used it on. Generally it gets passed round the house now. It does read the newer HDSC cards, which some of the older more basic devices struggle with.
If you are looking for something beautiful it's not for you, this is a purely functional thing, it has no cover for the USB input, no smooth ergonomic shaping, no lights, no attachments or means to add one yourself. it's a little brick you can throw down the stairs, acidently crash it against the wall, pick it up, plug it in, and know it will work fine.