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Although I have owned a number of USB Memory Sticks in the past I always end up losing one from time to time. I still own a few, but one of my personal favourites is the Integral Secure 360 16GB USB Memory Stick. Priced at around £25 it certainly isn't cheap. In comparison to other brands it is towards the higher end of the range, but is it worth it?
The design is quite innovative, offering the user 'Secure Lock', meaning it can be secured in the closed position, protecting data and the USB connector in the process. The '360' refers to the fact that the stick rotates 360degrees on a fixed axis inside the casing. Overall the design is something I like and with this sort of product there are three things I take into consideration, price, brand and design. Integral is a brand I am familiar with, and so this product does tick all the right boxes for me.
The USB stick is compatible with the faster 2.0 USB ports. Data transfer is fast and painless, with a simple drag/drop procedure. I often transfer large quantities of data and with a capacity of 16GB there is plenty of room for a whole variety of files and such like. I back up music and data files regularly and this product is ideal for such a requirement.
Other than the 360degree rotating USB connector for secure storage you are also faced with the option to apply a unique user ID which allows for the device to be adapted for use on secure company networks. This isn't a feature I use personally, but it could be a consideration for some.
The pricepoint is obviously an issue, and it does make it less attractive to someone either price sensitive or baffled with digital media and therefore opting for a lesser (and cheaper) product. The ability to allow the data stick to be attached to a keychain is just another small design addition and the glossy finish and neat and compact design sold it to me.
I bought this memory stick a couple of months ago on sale for £16.99, which is a bargain for 16gb. At first I thought it had been priced wrong as I bought it from Curry's on the high street. Memory is normal so overpriced on the high street compared to the web but not in this situation. I bought it primarily for backing up some photos of my son as I'm paranoid about losing them (even though their already backed up on my external hard drive!).
It's not much to look at as it's just a dull black colour but does the job. Its thin plastic so won't stand up to robust handling, in fact I have already managed to cause a minor crack to the outer case. The design is pretty cool when it comes to the fact that you can rotate the usb 360 within its case which is a nice little design feature.
The download speeds are fast, I managed to transfer around 12gb in around 5 minutes consisting of photos and music files. An interesting feature is the added security settings that are available on this memory stick. You are able to make a user ID account with password protection, I like this feature as if I lost this stick I certainly wouldn't want anyone to be able to access photos of my son. There is also virus checking software on this little device which would defiantly be useful to business users. It also comes with a 2 year warranty which to me proves that the company would made these are confident that it is a reliable / quality product.
Ive found this memory stick very easy to use and extremely reliable.
I could not believe my eyes when I say this 16gb usb memory stick on sale for £14.99, there were no stickers saying special offers and I really did expect the cashier to say that it had been incorrectly priced when they scanned the item as that price is almost half the normal price for this amount of memory storage. Fortunately it was correct and I now own two of these which are great devices for backing up and storing family photoes and other information.
It is a simple black colour which does make it a bit easier to leave behind plugged into a computer rather than one that is a brighter colour and while it seems well made it is plastic and would not stand up to too much robust handling, it also has a rather cool capless design that allows the usb socket to rotate 360 degrees within the casing to make access easier and also to help keep the most important part secure.
I have found the download speeds to be pretty fast and reliable which is important, especially when storing large files like pictures and on the other one I have backed up some music tracks and it took about two minutes to transfer about half the memory available on the usb.
Something I have not needed but it does come with some security features such as a unique user id which allows it to be adapted and made secure for use on company networks however as I said this is not something that I need but may be appropriate to small business users who want to protect their networks from infected or unauthorised usb usage.
Overall I'm really pleased with my purchases and the integral secure 16gb usb is a nice little device that is very reliable.
USB sticks have been around for quite some time now, and have become increasingly popular, more powerful and cheaper. They are a particular favourite with students, so I have tried an awful lot of them on the market. What I look for most is price and durability and this one rate pretty highly.
I decided to try and buy a large USB stick to back up my music on as I had a bit of a disaster when my old laptop broke. As such I decided to get the 16GB one to ensure I had pretty of room, which I definitely had. I even managed to back my photos on it as well. I have had this memory stick for quite some time, and so I presume it has gone down in price since a brought it a couple of years ago. Admittedly, I haven't carried it around with me, but I have dropped it and stood on it a few times and it is still going strong so I believe it will very reliable. It also comes with a standard 1 year warranty, but I doubt you will ever need to send it back.
The USB stick is a standard, admittedly boring, black colour, which on the positive makes it look professional, but on the down side is not as recognisable if you lose it, and can easily be left in a computer due to the subtle colour, therefore I generally prefer having a bright coloured memory stick as I am a bit of an air head.
The USB stick is rather quick, transferring about 10GB in about 3 minutes, perfect if your in a rush. It also has a plug in a play function, meaning it will install itself onto any computer you plug it in too making it easy to use on any computer as the user does not need to do anything.
Since I purchased the memory stick I believe it has gone down in price, making it good value, and a good investment for anyone needing a mobile backup.
USB flash drives have been around for a number of years and as a full-time student I have many of them. This drive is my favourite not only is it well made and can withstand a lot of abuse, from being dropped thrown into cases and genuinely mistreated.
This drive boasts a large 16 GB worth of storage and easily holds not only my music but a few films and my college work. I have been using this storage device for nearly 18 months and have not had any issues with it. This device comes with the standard one-year warranty but as it's a solid-state drive there are no working parts to break and with careful use will last a number of years.
This drive comes with encryption technology that if stolen will prevent your documents being read, this is easy to setup and the manual explains how to do this.
I would recommend this device to anyone looking for a cheap backup solution. The device is very quick and a 10 GB film transferred in about three minutes.
I think this storage device is very good value for money and also looks very cool. This USB stick is what they call plug-and-play which means windows will recognise the device and install the necessary drivers for its use. This is all done behind the scenes with minimal actions needed by the user.
The USB stick is available in different colours but I preferred jet black.
There are no issues with this device in the last 18 months I have not lost any data and apart from some superficial scratches there is no damage to speak of even after the abuse it has taken. If you look around you can pick up this USB stick very cheaply. This device is definitely worth looking at.