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I have probably lost count of the number of Flash Drives I have owned and misplaced or indeed still in possession of. I love the simplicity of the concept and the sheer vast amount of data some of them can store is just mind-boggling. The other aspect is that the Flash Drive comes in a whole host of different designs and with different positive and negative points. The design is a huge selling point for me, as otherwise there is very little difference between the brands other than capacity and price.
The Integral Secure 360 4GB lash Drive is a great way of storing your data for a number of key reasons. First, the design has something special about it. The whole way the stick swivels around and locks in a closed position to protect the USB 'Type A' connector. (After looking on Wikipedia there are six different variations of the USB connector). The design isn't the most typical of Flash Drives and such a design not only looks good but also has the added benefit of protecting the connector from damage, whether that be physical or water damage, for exaample. The contacts are kept clean aswell, so transferring data isn't interrupted by having to wipe the contacts.
The casing and feel of the Flash Drive are very robust and I am expecting this one to last a little longer than most Flash Drives from general wear and tear. Although it is made from hard plastic and it isn't completely indestrucable it will withstand most threats posed to it through dropping or being stood on.
This Flash Drive is great for people who like toys. Even though it is easy to plug the USb stick into the port I love the '360' design. The device has a capacity of 4GB which will allows sufficient space for 800 tunes assuming a 5MB size each. Word files and the like take up very small amounts of storage, and although videos can take up a lot of space, the 4GB capacity is generous for day-to-day use.
Priced at around the £6 mark and available widely online I think this Flash Drive would make a great present for anyone with a digital camera looking for portable data storage. The Integral Secure 360 4GB Flash Drive really is a steal.
Finally losing the free USB key my college had gifted me, I purchased the Integral Secure 360 4gb. I was in need of a usb key which could hold some movies, tv shows and perhaps the odd lecture or two! I fancied the sleek black look of the integral and I nabbed it off Amazon for roughly ten pounds.
First off the design is great, I tend to fidget with whatever I hold in my hands and the designers at integral seem to have picked up on this trend and have made the 360 degree swivel system with fidgeters in mind! When not in use the usb connecter sits safely away inside the plastic coating, and easily swivels out with a quick pull and turn when you want to get at your files. The design has two great advantages, appeasing fidgets like myself, and keeping the contact surfaces clean when in transport. Now to be honest I've yet to see a USB device fail due to dirty contacts but I can't help but feel a little happier knowing mine will stay safe.
Unfortunately this design feature comes with an annoying caveat. In order to preserve space and keep the object small Integral have been forced to forego the usual alignment guide that fits on most usb objects. This means you can insert the device the wrong way up into a usb port and not know about it until the device doesn't respond. I've had people return my drive to me complaining that it doesn't work, only to find they've been putting it in the wrong way round! A brief look before insertion should steer you right in 99% of cases though.
The device itself is quite hard wearing and has suffered much abuse at my clumsy hands (and feet!). There are no signs of major damage (the odd scratch on the plastic, some small dents) thus far however.
As a usb flash drive this device functions like any other. USB 2.0 has a quick file transfer rate and you should be able to copy the entire 4gb contents in a matter of minutes. It also seamlessly transfers between Mac and Windows platforms, I have downloaded Mac packages on my Vista machine and transferred them to friends' Mac's with no ill results.
I have yet to use the encryption software that comes with this product as I'm not too worried about MI5 or the CIA gaining access to my lecture timetable or the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother!
Overall a stylish little buy that packs a great punch. Just watch which way you put it in!
Just after christmas I was in the market for a cheap USB stick to plug into my WDTV (see my crowned review) from time to time, mainly for firmware updates etc but also for everyday general use.
I went for the Intergral Secure as it was fairly cheap on Amazon and I had a few pounds left of Amazon vouchers (which I had earnered on DooYoo). The USB stick is just under £10 (£8.70 at time of writing)
I received the stick packaged in the usual plastic bloister type packaging which you need to trim right the way round to get to the product, a bit fiddly but nothing to worry about.
The USB stick is much like others I have used in the past, it comprises of two sections, the inner and the outer. The outer shell has an loop at one end whichis perfect for attaching a split ring to so you can put the usb stick on your keys etc. Unlike other USB sticks I have used in the past where this has been rather thin and flimsy and not lasted, this is nice and thick and think will withstand a fair amount of use!
The inner section houses the USB connector and memory and swivels 360 degrees in the outer casing, giving the USB connector protection when you are out and about and using it. you pull the inner slightly out from the outer and then it quite freely rotates, with the USB connector safely covered by the outer, a slight push towarsd the outer shell and it clicks into place so it doesn't rotate when you don't want it to. If you are anything like me you will also find it a great thing to fiddle with, the clicking and turning doing a great job of occupying fidgety fingers.
The build quality of the usb stick is very good and I think it will withstand a great deal of use, even in the most fiddly of fingers!
There is apparently the added security of 256-bit encryption software but to be honest I haven't used this and probably will never do so as this stick is used almost exclusively for firmware upgrades etc so never contains any sensitive material, though if you are someone that does, it may be useful.
Overall a great little usb stick and perfect for the job I wanted it for.