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With the price of flash memory falling year by year, it's now possible to purchase high capacity pen drives incredibly cheaply. Integral's 8GB 'Courier' can be picked up from Amazon for only £7.69 - an impressive price when you consider the fact that even 1GB flash drives cost in the region of £60 six or seven years ago.
The Integral Courier
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Although i'm not sure how well respected Integral are as a brand, but I've owned a few of their products over the years and feel confident that my data will be stored securely. This particular model, the 'Courier' is of a design which has been around for a number of years, and actually appears to identical to some of the Flash drives made by Bytestor.
Design-wise, the drive features a tough transparent blue outer shell with an easily removable cap to protect the USB end. If you're buying solely on looks, then you'll probably avoid this model - don't get me wrong, it isn't awful, it's just that it's starting to look a little dated alongside some of its shiny metal contemporaries. From a size perspective, the Courier isn't too big too carry around on your keychain (24 x 7 mm) and weighs very little - that said, there are many smaller flash drives out there.
Use and Speed
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Like most modern flash drives, you only need to enter the device into your computer (PC and Mac compatible) for it to work - after that, simply drag and drop your files onto its icon. In terms of the velocity, the Integral is fairly average with a 12 megabyte per second read speed, and a three megabyte per second write speed. For the price I don't mind waiting that extra time for file transferal - and i'm never really transferring massive files anyway.
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Quite simply, the Integral Courier 8 GB flash drive is product which offers both affordability and reliability - as I previously mentioned, it won't set the world alight with it's looks or speed, but it's handy and tough, thus gaining my recommendation.