Product Type: Hewlett-Packard Flash Drive
Newest Review: ... for USB pens, I probably would have been able to get the same amount of memory for a lot less, but I was in need, and I had money in... more
A Slinky Slender Stick
HP USB Flash Drive V135w 4 GB
Member Name: tinkerbell18
HP USB Flash Drive V135w 4 GB
Advantages: Small size; average cost; attachable to keys and phones
Disadvantages: Corrupted after 18 months
I am a bit of a novice when it comes to USB pens, so I will be very honest with my choice of USB; I got it because it was the best value when you compared price and memory size, and there was a string and clip attached to the end of the USB so it could be attached to something, such as your phone, house keys etc. As I am prone to loosing things I thought that this would be an advantage, and made sure that any USB I compared had something to attach it to my keys - otherwise it got put right back on the shelf.
I can't remember how much exactly I spent on the USB pen, but I'm pretty sure it was £8. Considering that USB pens can go up to the £30 mark, I considered that £8 for a 4GB memory stick was reasonable - so reasonable that I bought two and still paid less money than I would have if I had bought one 8GB memory stick. Looking around nowadays for USB pens, I probably would have been able to get the same amount of memory for a lot less, but I was in need, and I had money in my pocket and it looked like I had a bargain, so off to the till I went.
The USB itself is absolutely dinky. It's a HP product, is a blue and white colour and is about 3cm long, 1 cm wide and half a millimetre thick, if that! The USB part slides out of the case, making it about 4cm long but still very small! It does look as though the USB won't fit into a computer as it looks far smaller than the ports; the only difference between this and a lot of other USB pens is that there are no sides to the part that slots into the computer - and this makes it look so much smaller! This is what allows for the compact size of the USB, otherwise it would be much thicker. The cord attaches to the end of the USB through a little hole either with a clasp (like on a necklace) or by threading the cord through the hole. I used the clasp so that the cord could fit through the hole in my phone, but either way would allow the USB to be attached to pencil case zips, phones, keys etc. The cord seems quite durable, as it has been attached to my phone for a couple of months and my keys for over a year and I have yet to lose the USB!
The memory size is plenty for what I use the USB for; one has over 600 photos on it and is roughly half full, whilst the other has schemes of work, dissertation, journals and essays on it and it isn't even half full yet. I do keep an eye on the documents I keep on it, but I have never filled it, and I don't really need to delete anything to make room on it. It runs smoothly with both the computers I have used it with - a Windows Vista computer and a Windows 7 computer, without slowing either the computer or itself down. When I chose to remove it from the computer I don't have any problems and it allows itself to be removed safely straight away - whilst my hard drive continuously tells me I'm using it and it can't be safely removed just yet. And removing a memory device safely is important, as it means there is less chance of getting a virus or damaging the work saved on it.
My only sadness (and annoyance) is that the USB pen that has work rather than pictures on it decided to get corrupted a few weeks ago. This resulted in a lot of my work being wiped from it - and a lot of turning the air blue! Luckily the lessons I was teaching that day were backed up to my computer otherwise I would have cried. I'm not too sure why it broke, as I had been very careful with it. I assume that as I was using it every day, and transferring it between my computer and my school computer it just got over-used and frazzled and threw a strop. Although it seems to work fine now, and I've had no problems since, I haven't used it and have instead purchased a new one. When a USB pen corrupts itself and wipes itself like mine did, there is apparently a very good chance that it may do so again - and considering it is vital to hold my resources on it, I cannot risk any more problems. On the other hand, the exact same USB pen that holds pictures rather than work is still working beautifully - I can only assume that this is because I do not use this anywhere near as much, and don't use it between several computers.
So overall these USB pens were a bargain. They are dinky, good looking, easy to store and look good poking out of the computer, without taking up too much space. 4GB appears to be a lot of memory and hard to fill without effort. The cost wasn't too bad, but I would advise shopping around in more than just Currys to ensure you get the best deal possible. The only downside is that, although the USB pen I used mainly lasted 18 months, when it failed it failed rather incredibly and my faith in it was perhaps jolted irrevocably. I am now very careful with my remaining little USB pen, and have backed up the pictures in several places - just in case.
Summary: A slender bargain - it's a shame it didn't last
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