Firstly let me begin by saying that if I wasn't in need of a flash drive and gifted a W.H. Smith gift-card then I wouldn't have purchased this! But I was, and I did, selecting what I thought to be the best of a bad bunch.
This drive, having cost me £10, works out at quite a premium, this being £2.50 for a GB - assuming I even got that due to a true GB being 1024MB - which is a premium considering you can get drives for around £1/GB. This is probably just a premium put on HP because they know people will flock to their well-known brand name. At 4GB it won't hold everything, but I only needed it to transfer and backup various documents between the computers in my house and the ones at Uni, so it was a reasonable purchase for myself. If you're looking for something grander I wouldn't suggest the 8GB HP of the same design/series.
The design - being swirly, and almost girly - was a put off for myself, even more so the fact that there seems to be no real substance behind the design, it's just a bunch of overlapping swirls. I would have much rather have bought a nice sleek metal flash drive.
The sliding mechanism, which reveals the USB connection, is great and is very smooth, working well - even after constant abuse at the hands of my idle fingers, which is something my Sony flash drive couldn't handle. So if you're looking for a good, well built flash drive then this is perhaps a choice, however, it doesn't compare to the metal drives for durability.
The transfer is fast, and doesn't the rate of transfer doesn't appear to be all that much better/worse than my previous Sony drive. I've not had an issue with it installing drivers and not being recognized, unlike a couple of faulty drives I've had the displeasure of owning.
Overall, this is an overpriced flash drive but fast and durable flash drive, with a notably bad design - or at least in my opinion - so whilst I wouldn't suggest it, can be argued to be a good purchase. This being especially true if you don't mind paying a premium and having a terrible design on show.
Recently , I needed a cheap USB stick. I ended up buying the HP C485w GB. It cost £10 from WHsmiths. I was very happy as it was £18 and much cheaper than all of the other 4GB USBs. Its price may differ now as the was a few months ago I brought it.
This USB is 4GB but they do come in much higher capacities. 4GB is fine for me as I just use it for a few Microsoft word documents , but if you want to use yours for any type of video document , I would strongly suggest something more than 4GB. 4GB is OK for 1500 photos , 950 MP3 files. This does vary though.
***Ease of Use***
No set up. Just plug in , drag what you want into where is says USB drive and your done !
The USB is a rectangle shape which increases in size towards the end as you can see in the picture. There is a hole where you can loop it around your neck or onto keyring which is useful. The most useful feature is the fact that there is not lid ! This is great because losing a lid is a death sentence for a USB as all sorts of dirt and grit can easily get into the delicate system. This one , has a slider . When the USB is needed you slide it out and when not , you slide it back where it will be protected.
A great cheap USB for someone needing a USB but wont be using it for movies and lots of photos and songs. Not so great if you will be using it for movies and or many documents/photos/mp3 tracks. A all round great USB for most!