“ Crucial Gizmo! plug-and-play portable storage - USB 2.0 flash drive - 8 GB - USB pen drive - 2 year limited warranty „
I seem to have accumulated rather a large amount of files on my computer over the years. These are mainly pictures and videos, but there are also a few hundred word documents, lots of music files and the odd few other bits and pieces floating around. Technology being what it is you can't always guarantee that things are going tow work properly and this is certainly the case with computers. Having experienced the blue screen of death a few years ago, the importance of backing up my files was really hammered home. To do that I often use these, pen drives or memory stick or flash drives as they are also known. I have quite a few of these lying around the house now and so I thought I would review one of them. When I buy pen drives I always seem to buy whatever looks best and sells cheapest on eBay. Plus the advantage of having lots of different ones is that you can remember what goes on where.
So this particular review is for the Crucial Gizmo USB 8GB flash drive. This is just another I bought simply to back a few things up and make sure I don't lose them in some horrible crash. As you can see this particular flash drive comes in a pretty unassuming black colour. To be honest it is probably the most boring looking of the pen drives I own. The top slips of easily and reveals the port that slots into my computer.
One thing that I spotted about this one which I think is clever is that the makers have left a small white strip on the underside of the drive. This means you can label it, so if you have a few of these you can label them and you won't get confused. This is only a very simple feature but it's one I have not seen on any other pen drives. One thing that does concern me is that the top is not connected, so it could easily becomes lost if you are not careful.
I have had no problems using the device, it's slots into my machine very easily, the data transfers quickly and there have been no issues with data loss or anything of that nature. The 8GB memory is not massive but it is enough to store fairly large amount of information on. You can purchase sticks with a bigger capacity but obviously these will cost you more money.
This is a very handy piece of equipment if you like to transport information from one machine to the next. It will work with Pcs and Macs so you can just pop it in and store files very quickly. It fits neatly into your pocket and so it easy to carry around, I must admit this is something I rarely use it for but people who work with computers will no doubt find this useful.
The Crucial Gizmo 8GB cost me around the £12 mark. After just having a quick look round online that does look like the standard price for this one. If you shop around you may be able to find it slightly cheaper but not by much. This is pretty good value as it has lasted me well so far and hopefully it will continue to be reliable and last me a good while yet. I would not say this is my favourite of my pen drives but it is certainly a decent one that I can't really find fault with.
A sleek USB pen drive that's as about big as my thumb, packing a whopping 8GB of storage into its case.
I had a little difficulty getting the cap off it at first - I thought that the square bit towards the bottom was a release button, like on some of the SanDisk pen drives, but it's not - it's the activity LED.
I had to tug the cap off with a bit of force as it's very secure, with a couple of latching notches (unlike the 4GB Gizmo! Overdrive one I have; reviewed separately).
I plugged it into one of my laptop's USB ports and, after a brief pause while Windows XP identified it (correctly as a Crucial Gizmo! drive) and installed the correct driver, it was all ready to use.
It's simple to install and use, like any pen drive, fast, and large capacity. It's also nice and compact, but I do miss having a lanyard to thread through the cap so I can attach it to a keyring to carry it with me rather than put it my pocket and risk losing it - perhaps I'll have to resort to using string instead.
Once the cap's off, it's fine, but there's a risk of losing the cap, so you need to be careful with it.