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I've had loads of memory sticks and flash drives in my time. But one that has never failed me is my Integral products. They have always been fantastic, no matter what size i have ever got. The Integral Splash 2GB is of no difference. I purchased this at my local computer store around 3 months ago for £4.99. I needed just a quick and easy memory stick that I could lend to others and transfer files for use to show on my xbox360 and just to show as a slideshow on a TV.
When un packing the Integral splash, you can see its safely stored in a plastic packaging to keep it safe from being knocked around or any damage being made to the device its self through general movement and bringing it home. There is also, manuals for installation and help manuals with warranty numbers and other information.
The Integral Splash uses a simple plug and play feature to install its self and to use. Simply plug it in and within seconds it will have installed its self and is ready to use, straight out of the packet. It also comes with a protective rubber lid attached to a chain on the bottom of the drive.
The memory stick comes in a variety of different colours including black, blue, yellow, red, green and pink. So there is a big choice of colours to fit anyone's personality or mood. Seeing as the memory stick is quite small measuring at only 11mm x 19mm x 62mm it can easily fit in your pocket for easy carrying or attach to your key ring with the attached chain at the bottom of the drive.
I've transferred various file sizes onto this drive, including video files, mp3 files and JPEG's. The memory stick like all Integral products have 'High speed USB' connections. This drive is no different, using a USB 2.0 connection its very high speed, giving me average transfer rates of 3MB/s to 8MB/s using windows vista, which makes this very fast to use. I've tested this memory stick on 7 and Windows XP Home and it works fine, however i didn't write down the transfer speeds. However they can't be much difference in the speeds on Windows Vista.
Overall I personally love Integral products! I've been using this since purchased and it STILL hasn't had any issues such as lower transfer rates, file corruption and data loss. This a simple no fuss no worry memory stick, that is easily carried around to pull quickly transfer your files and put it away again. Perfect for students and kids in school for their homework and coursework. I highly recommend this memory stick and it's defiantly worth fiver price tag.
I never had a need for a USB stick until I got a laptop, as I found that I put a lot of things on my laptop that I didn't put on my main PC, and it was always something I wanted to use on the other computer. Also my main PC is hooked up to my printer but my laptop is not, so if I want to print something from my laptop, it has to be sent to my PC.
I then made the decision to by a USB Flash Drive to enable me to transfer files from my PC to my Laptop and vice versa. I really didn't know much about different Flash Drives, and thought other than storage size so I just assumed they were all the same.
I was in WH Smith when I saw a cute little pink USB Flash Drive. It is made by Integral, and has a 2GB memory. It was on a half price offer, and being pink, I just had to buy it. The stick has a cushioning like cover all over it, which apparently makes it waterproof, not that I have had the guts to throw it in the bath and find out just how true this is!
The stick has a removeable cover for the actual USB port connection. This cover can be pushed onto a holding piece of plastic attached to a chain at the other end of the stick. This is a great way to make sure you don't lose the lid, and that does sound like something I could easily do. The chain is also great for attaching the USB stick to things like keys etc, so you know where it is when you need to use it.
The USB stick is useable straight away from plugging it into the USB port. It is quick at loading items on when transfering, and it is easy to use, just the usual drag and drop. There is a blue flashing light on the stick, which only shows when the stick is in use, so you know not to pull it out of the USB port before the transfer of files is done. This is a great idea to save you accidently corrupting any data on it.
The USB stick itself is actually quite sturdy, it is has spent many a day in my handbag being thrown around with all my stuff and smashed around with keys, yet you wouldn't know it. It still looks in great condition and it works with no problems what so ever. The cushioning is great for protection of the stick, not just the apparent waterproofing.
The 2GB storage of this USB Flash Drive is perfect for me, as I do not usually need to store or transfer a large amount of data. I think this would be a perfect USB Flash Drive for college students, or people who occasionally transfer items between the computers in their house.
Integral do other size versions of this USB Flash Drive, and in different colours, so you can always find a USB stick to suit your needs and requirements.
I happily recommend the Integral Splash 2GB USB Flash Drive. It does its job perfectly with no extra effort or hassles and it is a good price and good value. You can buy this on Amazon right now for just £3.50 (not including postage and packing).
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I picked up one of these for a fiver on ebay and the name suggests 'Splash' that it is waterproof. There are no claims to this on the website, but I was keen to test if this cheapy was prone to water or not.
Just to let you know why I bought it. Well, a flash drive of this nature is used to move files around easily. You simply remove the cap (which has a little chain attached) and plug it into a USB socket. Drag your files onto it and then unplug, you are ready to go. There are more advanced versions available with security features, tough outer casings etc. but this one is really a no frills device.
When writing data to it there is a cool Blue LED read/write light, which is a nice touch. It also works with either a PC or a Mac. The Integral website claims a read speed of up to 12MB/s (80x) where I only goes about 7MB/s. It also claims a write speed of up to 3MB/s (20x) where I got around 2MB/s. I suppose they get away with the use of the words 'up to'.
So, they use the word splash, because of the striking colours (mine is a bright yellow version). When I splashed it with water, quite a lot, it still worked. I repeated this about six times and all was still fine. Then I immersed it in a sink full of water, for about two minutes, it still worked fine. Then I left it immersed for almost ten minutes and it stopped working.
So the Integral Splash IS splash proof, but NOT waterproof.