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I bought this flash drive as I had to do a presentation as part of a training course at work and was told to bring my presentation on a memory stick.
I hadn't really had much experience of flash drives before, but at £10 it seemed a reasonable price for a good name like Hewlett Packard. The 2GB size was enough for me as I wouldn't be storing much on it, although I believe it also comes in 4GB.
The main plus of this flash drive is the size, it measures about 1 inch in length. This means that it is easy to carry/store and most of the time, I just carry it in my purse so I always have it with me. However its size could also be viewed as a negative, being so small some people may find that it is easy to lose, especially if you have a larger bag or carry case.
Another benefit of this flash drive is the removable lid; you simply slid it off before putting the flash drive into the machine. This means that there is protection for the USB connection, other models without lids run the risk of the connection getting damaged, if you're not careful with it. I always make sure I set the lid beside the flash drive to ensure I don't forget it when removing the drive from the computer.
I am very satisfied with this flash drive, I have never experienced any problems with the data stored on it and have used it on a variety of pcs/laptops without any problems.
HP USB Flash Drive V165w 2 GB
Even as non techie person I can easily recognise the name Hewlett Packard. I initially bought this USB memory stick because I thought having something that was even smaller than the standard size was a bit of a novelty, but I also thought that it would be even easier to squash into my always full laptop carriers.
As I have mentioned in previous reviews I was a student for quite a long time as well as then progressing to working within the university as a researcher, during that time memory sticks were an absolute necessity to the job. Nowadays, if you have to move data about quick and efficiently then there really isn't any better way to do this than using one of these little USB memory drives.
Sometimes size does matter and this is the smallest USB memory stick that I own. It is so small that it is a very similar size to a paperclip. In fact, personally, I think that this might be a bit too small. I sometimes struggle to get a good grip on this to remove it. Mine is quite a tight fit and when it is used it is often a bit of a tug of war to get this removed. It's great if you don't have that much room for a USB memory sticking out of ports.
One of the big negatives for me is that this USB memory stick has a lid. Now I realise that for the majority of people out there that are a bit less scatter brained than myself wont and is not going to find this as a bit of a problem. However, personally I usually take the lid off to use it, then get distracted and forget all about it when I remove the memory stick with the data as I go about my daily business. I prefer my memory sticks where possible to be a cap less design as it is just one less thing to worry about.
Personally something I look for in a memory stick is a solid casing that won't be easily damaged. I do look after these USB drives but I do tend to throw them in bags, squash them in pockets and sit on them with alarming regularity. This memory drive by Hewlett Packard has so far lived to tell the tale through a lot of wear and tear and usage. It doesn't look as pristine as it began its life, but the dark blue plastic casing does still look smart enough to be seen with. Also I still own the lid! However, for how long the lid will remain un-lost is anyone's guess.
This memory sticks works really well and like most of all of these USB flash drives you don't need any expert IT knowledge to use it, just plug it in, transfer the files that you want, remove it and then off you go with your data in hand. I have also never had any problem with data corrupting or not storing properly, this has always been reliable.
At Amazon you can currently buy this for a reasonable price of £9.59 excluding postage and packaging, which is a further £1.40. This USB memory stick although a bit of a novelty due to its tiny size is still a good memory stick and you do get quite a lot of memory and convenience for just over ten pound.
This only gets a three star rating for me. I prefer quite a few of my other memory sticks over this one. I think this is just a bit too small and although it might be more convenient for some people I prefer to be able to find my memory stick easier in amongst a busy bag.
I tend not to buy too many memory sticks that are under 4GB these days, as I am always amazed at how quickly I eat up all that space. However, if you were after a reliable memory stick with 2GB of memory then by all means I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.