Emtec Flash Drive C250 2 GB
Needing to transfer files from one computer to another and not wanting to use discs, I decided to go and purchase a Flash Drive. Although in theory, I would have been better getting a bigger one for all the image transfers I complete, lack of money at the time forced me to get this smaller 2 GB (Gigabyte) flash drive memory stick for only £7.99 at, if I remember rightly, Wilkinson's. This flash drive can also be found on Amazon.co.uk for the same price.
There is nothing spectacular looking in this flash drive, though lets be honest, are you purchasing it for its appearance or the job it is capable of? It is in a dark green colour and quite small with a clip on lid to protect the USB connector. As with all flash drives, this is a simple plug-in-and-play device which works via your USB port.
Usually, when the devise is plugged in, as long as your settings accept this, the folder will open automatically or at least prompt you as to whether you wish to open it. The transfer of files could not be easier, with a simple drag and drop from computer onto the flash drive and the same back again. Files, even large ones, transfer extremely quickly, usually only taking a matter of seconds for the bigger files. I believe that the write speed for file transfer on this flash drive is 5MB per second which is quick enough for me!
I have had this flash drive now for about five months and have had no problems at all in transferring files including word documents, media and photos. Obviously the 2MB space may be too little for some people, and since purchasing this I have had to purchase another one as I do a lot of transferring of files, though for a small amount or for quick transfer, then this flash drive is perfect at a decent price.
Storage Capacity: 2 GB
Read Speed: up to 8MB / s
Writing T / m 4MB / s
Computer systems: Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Me, Vista, Linux, Mac OS
The USB stick
I have a few USB sticks in my possession, simply because I find it very easy for photos / videos and files to save. A few years ago I lost all my files, after my computer crashed. Reason enough to be careful, so I save all my important files on USB sticks. One of those is the simple USB with 2 GB Emtec, which I mainly use to store documents and some photos. I'm not really familiar with the Emtec brand, but it's a company that already operates for more than 40 years. Previously, it concentrated on the production of cassette tapes, but that time is long gone.
The main course is the product itself. The reason why I bought this is that it looks very simple and the price is good, I also know the brand of work and know that it works. The USB has a capacity of 2048MB, enough for me to save photos and documents. The product has the colour green, and has some transparency by which you can see yhe inside of the USB. Looks pretty nice. At the front is a cap what protects the part that you put in the computer.
Important with a USB stick is that it should be very easy to use. No hassle with installation programs or anything else. This USB stick is perfect for it. You do not have to have programs on your computer or to install this USB stick for use. Because this stick uses "Plug and Play ' it works right away on your computer and operating system recognizes USB Stick! From that moment you can add or remove the files.
Are you looking for a simple USB stick? Then you need look no further. For less than 10 pounds you can get this USB stick. What I love is that you don't need to install any programs and it's very easy to use. The only downside is the 2GB storage, but that also explains the price. I am very satisfied with the product and use it with pleasure and ease.
- Information at a glance -
150 plus employees
Branding Name Change to EMTEC in 1997 from BASF
Part of the Dexxon Group
Emtec Flash Pen Drive
Online - URL - http://www.emtec-international.com/
Emtec C250 Flash Pen
Emtec's business model has a more personalised ethic than the average data storage provider. Throwing in words like 'value' and 'memories' and 'family' on literature, so their consumer market is targeted at families who want affordability storage facilities. Emtec has an impressive array of IT related products for business solutions, especially for the device hungry techie who prides themselves on performance and storage. I've been a admirer of the old BASF group years ago and it doesn't surprise me that they've moved into the personalised 'new family' arena. They're sublime in catering for portable friendly devices that is 'flash' encrypted, and are building their own signature onto the wireless VoIP agenda. Emtec has become a reliable force when it comes to memory storage; the customer service section is most definitely the less active due to content consumers across the device provider spectrum.
Emtec, being part of the mosaic umbrella of the Dexxon Group, who are owners of the epic DD Storage Inc. - Emtec has the capacity to research their own plight into the world of wireless media in audio different video formats and the mobile technology MP4. You half expect suave David Ginola to endorse the French data device brand, saying "Coz you're worth IT" of course pun intended; voice smooth as satin showing off the numerous of capabilities on their audio storage memory pen.
The real name of Emtec is 'Emtec, l'émotion technologique', understandably shortened to serve its marketing purpose; which does actively envelope 23 countries mostly around the Americas and EU. Emtec has kept their French lifestyle and standards through-out their seven decade history, derived from BASF. - It's okay I'm not going to go all French and over elaborate the French philosophy behind a 'flash-pen' product; but put it plainly the French 'adore' their battery styled digital storage pens. It is a must next to their 'French Stick'.
2GB memory storage
The enabled 2GB of storage is wanting rather, but as I put it, you cannot ever have enough of these devices; I work within a 'paperless office'; so the demand for portable devices is vital. The 2GB device carries a small portion of my media files, but what is the 'selling point' is the transfer rate. - Read speed is 10MB's per second and the Write speed is 5MB's per second. Faster than most pens that is 'flash encrypted'; subjected to the 'drag and drop' test. Not that you can accurately read the transfer rate, but it is surprisingly easier to read while storing huge raw files of up to 1GB and more. I wouldn't recommend that you can do that on a 2GB U3 flash drive unless you're using the whole purpose of the portable drive to cater for a single file.
Design is not out of the ordinary, nor is innovative like a PNY swivel cap; but it is functional and has a removable cap the old fashioned way. Click-on click-off. This is the area that needed something different for my critical eye, yet I was left a little bemused and couldn't see why the French, the stylish French, had made quite a big song and dance for the C250 series. The colours are psychedelic vibrantly earth shattering bright, yet doesn't make themselves to be known to you at night-time. I'm still waiting for the first glow in the dark USB flash-pen. If, there is a redeeming design feature it could be the fact you can see through the plastic exterior, and has an after thought key-ring at the end of the device, if you can fit it too your key-ring, it would be surprising, as the hole is tiny. Emtec is proudly displayed on the bulk of it in bold letters, no elegance is spared.
Emtec's small portable device USB 2.0 2GB Flash Drive is ideal to anyone who doesn't demand a huge amount of data all at once to store. Affordable at 7.99 GBP, I feel it is still a tad expensive. Comes with lanyard, and is Vista Compatible. Simply just slot the flash pen into on of your available USB ports and without a driver your workstation will detect the portable hard drive. The interface is easy to use and is bog standard. It is universal to all workstations; hence, the meaning of USB - Universal Serial Bus.
I don't see Emtec as the brand with attitude that parades itself with pride available on the product literature. There is no heirs and graces with this flash pen; especially as Emtec values itself on the rampant French flair that has evolved through its fashion over the 40 years. It certainly hasn't rubbed shoulders with the storage devices. However, with such a huge financial gun in Dexxon, the tide could turn and Emtec role in the wireless digital device arena could ruffle some feathers in 2010. Worth a punt if you're a betting kind.
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Costing a paltry £7.99 from Amazon, the Emtec 2GB USB Memory Stick is the ideal way to transfer small to medium sized files between computers. I purchased this when I could only access the internet in my local library and was looking for a way to save web pages to look at later. Although it's a very basic device, it does what it's supposed to do, that is provide a portable storage medium without any fuss or bother. Although it is fairly difficult to open the package it comes in, (a cut and hack job with a pair of scissors I'm afraid), it is then immediately ready for use.
As this is simply a memory stick, it doesn't require batteries and being a flash drive means that using it is a simple matter of plugging it into a USB port. I'm not sure of exact data transfer speeds but a 8MB MP3 can be dragged onto the card within 2-3 seconds while a 1GB file takes about 4 minutes, which is perfectly fast enough for me. I've yet to find a computer that fails to recognise it and opening files is as quick as it would be if they were on a hard drive. I've never had any problems with removing the stick without 'stopping' it first and am very happy with performance. The actual memory that you get is not the advertised 2GB, but this is standard with all memory media, firstly because some space is taken up by formatting information and also because the industry standard is to record 1GB as 1000MB instead of the 1028 it should be. However this does come very close and is reported on my computer as having 1.86GB of free space when empty. Another point is that this uses the slightly older and less efficient FAT formatting system, but as I've only found this to be an disadvantage when using files over 2GB in size, it's not really an issue.
Size-wise, it's very small, easy to slip into a pocket and equally easy to lose, although it can be attached to a key chain or the like. Looks-wise it's nothing special being transparent green, I guess it looks ok if you like circuit boards, but I would have preferred it to have been more opaque. There's a cover for the USB connector to keep dirt out and this clicks firmly into place but there's no where to place it while the stick is connected to the computer and I can see how easily it would be to get lost. This cover is also small enough to choke small children so I do think it's a design flaw that there isn't some way of keeping it connected to the stick.
So there you go, a small piece of technology that does exactly what it's supposed to at a reasonable price. Before I had an internet connection at home I would use this to store web pages to look at later and now I do have a connection I still find myself using it for several purposes. Firstly as I have a very small download limit, I use it when purchasing Amazon MP3 downloads, ready to transfer to my home PC. And secondly I use it to store digital photos ready for when I want to get hard copies at Boots. I can also see that it will come in handy for when I want to give friends copies of different files on my computer as it is very durable and certainly a lot smaller than a wallet full of photos.