I live in Manchester, home of Reds vs Blues, and obviously, you'd have to be a Red to buy this! (Luckily I am from Leeds so I don't support either, I have my own problems!) This cute little USB stick is on sale in the supporters shop. I purchased it as a gift for a red blooded red using a gift voucher and have used it many times at work.
I have to make reference to the price - £18 for a measly 1GB - it might be cute and it might be a nice gift but WOW is this over priced. You can pick up 1GB sticks for £3 - £4 if you shop around.
Price aside, it's a really nice little stick - the body of the stick is made up of the football shirt with the Man U logo on it, styled in red and yellow. The cap to the stick is the white pair of shorts. It's really nice looking and has a keyring chain to it for attachment to keys so you are less likely to use it. It's a nice gift for any Manchester United supported who uses a computer at home or work.
Overall I'd prefer to see it at a greatly reduced price - given that it's always a bit more expensive in the supporters shop and it is a nicely styled gift item I wouldn't want to pay more than say £6 or £7 for it. Or, alternately, vastly increase the memory size on the stick to justify the cost of it.
I can only really give this a three out of five star rating because whilst it is a nice looking, easy to use and great gift, it's very expensive for what it is.
I'm currently working on a project with my seventeen year old nephew, it will at some point be a scrapbook of family memories so he's roped all us oldies into it. One thing I'm doing at the moment is scanning birth and death certificates into the computer then transferring them onto a memory stick for Sam to print out and work with. My own memory stick is currently missing so he gave me this one to use, with a mildly mafioso threat should I lose or damage it.
The memory stick is shaped and coloured to resemble a Manchester United kit, it's very striking and would make a good gift for any lover of the team. Heaven knows why my godson supports them, the boy is from a staunch Arsenal family who live a stones throw away from the Emirates!
It is rather chunkier than I would like and made of a soft rubberised plastic, the texture of the stick is pleasant and not dissimilar to the way my daughter's Smurf collection felt when she was a child. The bulk of the stick is a nuisance as it takes up the other USB port; I only have two ports on my laptop so this can make life more awkward than it really needs to be sometimes, especially when I am spending time transferring to two sticks at once as is happening a lot just lately as we coordinate our efforts more.
The stick only has a 1gb capacity, which isn't very big at all - it's large enough for our present needs but Sam mentioned that he had had to replace it as this stick proved too small to hold his coursework. According to the internet 1gb will hold around 350 photographs, but I do not think this is correct as I just about managed to squeeze 272 onto it yesterday and these were low resolution pictures. It also holds scanned documents in PDF format, however, I only ever transfer ten or twenty of those at a time so cannot comment on how many pages of scans it will hold.
It doesn't need to be installed and files are easy to transfer in either direction, it's a fairly speedy process although there can be a little stuttering while moving larger than average files. This doesn't happen often but is a long enough pause that occasionally I have disconnected the USB stick as I'd thought it had stopped working!
My youngest granddaughter finds it highly amusing that you have to remove the shorts to reveal the USB connector poking out of the bottom of the shirt. This does make it a rather fun product but also provides a lot of protection to the connector, much more so than the flimsier HP stick I also use regularly. The lid, the shorts in other words, has a snug fit and I am confident of it never becoming separated from the body of the stick - which is lucky as I have so much junk in my handbag that I'd have to have a good sort out if ever this was lost!
My nephew informs me he paid £18 for this stick, which is scandalous for such a low capacity memory stick and a definite cashing in on the Manchester United brand. I am not sure if other teams are available but I suspect the main few will be represented, it would in my opinion be a worthwhile buy as a novelty gift for a young football fan although it's usefulness is limited to it's small memory.
This is the perfect option for a Manchester United fan. It looks great, and is the ultimate way to show your love for the club. It also stands out, so it won't be lost. However, it's not the most practical option. This is because it is a drive with small capacity, is very expensive and is also very big, meaning it takes up almost 2 USB ports!
First, the packaging is very nice, with a modern design. It's also clear with all the required information with text that is easy to read. Also, it is easy to open, with thin plastic that is easy to cut. However, the instructions inclosed aren't very informative if you don't know how to use the drive.
Next, the design is fantastic. It is the ultimate way to show which team you support. It's bright and colourful, so it will stand out, making it easy to find. Also, since it is unique, it is easy to identify that it is your USB drive, so you won't waste any time trying to find it if you have to let somebody else borrow it, or hand it into a teacher. The drive is also lightweight, making it portable. On the other hand, the drive is very big. It is bigger than most drives. This means that it isn't as portable as other drives, but also means that it takes up more space. In a USB port, it takes up so much space that is uses up 2 USB ports, meaning that it's not ideal if you are short on USB ports, or need to use multiple devices at the same time. For example, I have 2 USB ports, and this means I can't print a document on the memory stick, as the 2 USB devices don't fit.
The build quality isn't good, but it isn't bad either. The device fits together really well, and the plastic isn't too thin. The USB connector is also sturdy, and the device feels like it will last.
The speed is quite good for a 1GB drive. Documents and small files work really well, and transfer quickly, but bigger files, such as video are slow. However, this isn't a problem as this isn't the drive for video files due to the small capacity.
The cost is also expensive compared to other drives. With it being a low quality drive, with the average speeds, build quality and low capacity, it's not the best option. Unless you want the United branding, Sony or Sandisk make better drives.
Overall, the perfect option for United fans with the brilliant design. The build quality isn't that bad, but with the device being so big, and a high price, other options should be explored.