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      15.03.2012 20:08
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      Good flash drive which is no longer practical in this day and age

      Let's take a stroll through recent history... to a time when dooyoo was in its infancy, and flash drives had significantly less capacity. When I bought the 256 megabyte Integral Courier, two-hundred-and-fifty-six megabytes seemed like a respectable amount of data - little did I know that only a few years later terabytes rather than megabytes would be the order of the day.

      Flash forward to 2012 and the Courier is beginning to show its age in the looks department - it's not especially ugly, it's just that there are many, dare I say, sexier, flash drives on the market. Measuring 24 x 7mm - the product is large enough not to be fiddly, and it's generally comfortable to hold on to. As a whole, the Courier feels quite tough, and there's a removable cap which protects the USB end.

      Price & Availability
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      So let's talk about cost - and it's probably needless to say that this particular flash drive (or at least the 256MB version) isn't manufactured at present. That said, there are still a number of these that infrequently crop up on eBay - the last one I saw sold for a whopping 29p!

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      Using the Courier is a pleasure, and it has been really reliable over the years. It will work with both PCs and Macs, and there are no drivers to download for it to operate. As a slight downside, the read and write speed isn't that quick (twelve, and three megs-per-second respectively) - but when you're only dealing with a 256MB capacity, you're never going to be waiting around for too long. The major negative is the capacity - and it will only store around forty photos from my digital camera. Nevertheless, i've been very happy with my 256MB Integral Courier flash drive - it doesn't really excel in any area, but it has stood the test of time and therefore comes with a recommendation from me.


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