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Right, my old 128mb memory stick had seen better day. Well that and it was too small really, it was okay at the time, don't even know where it is. But now that I have my 1tb hard drive, when I'm swapping stuff around with my friends I really needed bigger. I figured why bother buying one of those plastic ones only to go and break again. I wouldn't dare keep many on a keyring and they just get damaged, I'm fairly clumsy...
Anyway the Corsair Survivor looked absolutely ideal. It's crafted from corrugated anodised aluminium so it is unlikely to be crushed. The stick actually has a fine threaded screw, which is very nicely made to get it out which is cool; these have rubber seals in them, making it waterproof to 200m. Okay so I don't need it to 200m, but waterproof is pretty handy anyway. It has rubbed rings around the ends making it shockproof too. All in all it's very rugged and looks cool, you don't have to worry about having this on your keys. I got one of those mini carabenas from Homebase to whack it on and off my keys with ease (most won't need this as you can unscrew the end from your keys and use the stick while keeping the case attached to the keys.
The whole thing just feels really high quality, even the inside stick in aluminium, this just doesn't feel flimsy like most, it may be a little bit more expensive, but personally I don't mind paying a few quid for quality. I mean the memory has a 10 year guarantee like most memory sticks, in reality this is if you put like 25gb on it every day for 10 years, so it is much more for a casual user like me, and the hardware really feels like it will last a lifetime.
The speed seems quick enough for me anyway, enough to not warrant the GT model, which is supposedly a lot quicker. I am only a casual user though as I've said, to transfer stuff occasionally, speed isn't crucial like my hard drives. The maximum transfer is only 8gb anyway, which won't take too long. If I need it quicker I could format it into NTFS or exFat (it comes in Fat32), but then it wouldn't work in my friends PS3s and Xbox 360s to watch films off, so I didn't see the point. NTFS also really needs to be 'safely removed' each time, so there is really no need, would just cause hassle and memory loss if it's in and out a lot.
This brings me onto my next point, which is a bad point, shock horror! Well not so much a bad point, just may not be suited to everyone's needs. As I've said it is ideal for me, but if you want to be whipping it in and out all day in a business environment or whatever, you may soon get annoyed with all the plugging and unplugging. If this is the case you'd be more suited to say a Corsair Voyager (which has a nice rubber coating, so is reasonably rugged), or some Titanium one which I saw. It is also not the smallest stick in the world, so if you want a miniature one this is not the one for you.
The box comes with a nice 'dog tag' as well, in case you want to attach it to it to either avoid losing it, or put it round your neck (you'd look a bit stupid IMO, but hey; who am I to judge).
Anyway as I've said this may not be suited to everyone, but it is definitely high quality and worth the money, and suits me down to a tee. Just to repeat if you want a really fast one, they do a GT version of the same thing, which is apparently the fastest stick on the market, it is more expensive however, I'd be very interested in anyone who has tried both, or just the GT to compare.
The Corsair Flash Survivor 8 GB is one the best flash drives anyone would want to have. This is the hardest and the toughest flash drive I have ever seen. This flash drive provides you with safer data store than any other flash drives in the market. This flash drive is so tough that if anyone drops it from a certain height to the ground, it will be perfect and the data will read as good as ever. A Test Research Conducted by CHIP showed that after dropping this flash drive from a building(15 metres high), the flash drive remained the same and the data read perfectly. Other tests in which the the flash drive was freezed, boiled, mixed with soda and even put in a washing machine, the flash drive remained intact without any data loss. Thus, with this flash drive you can be sure that your data will be secured even in harsh conditions that it may face. I would suggest everyone to buy this flash drive rather than buying another flash drive which doesn't gives this much security.