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This was one of the first flash drives I bought and I did so because it was quite cheap and it had a lot of good reviews from customers on the site I purchased it from. At under £5 from Amazon.co.uk I thought this was the perfect device for me to store my photos, videos and documents.
This is a sturdy flash drive. Comprised of black plastic with a deep ridging in the body for an easier grip, this is a well designed device. The drive comes complete with a "swivel" head. This is basically a cover which has a central pivot on the body of the drive and which has a sheath of metal casing which covers the end of the stick which is inserted into your computer or other compatible appliance. It's an intelligent design as you will never lose this cover as it's always attached to the body of the drive. It also does a great job at keeping the drive free from dust which may impair it's performance.
The plastic body of the drive is printed with the model name as well as the capacity of the drive. In this particular range, the Data Traveler range, each different sized flash drive is coloured differently to allow you to tell them apart. This can be particularly helpful if you have several flash drives in this range.
The flash drive works very well. When first inserted into your computer it completes an automatic set-up and downloads driver files to your machine. This allows you to use the drive and transfer files. The speed of transferring files to or from the drive is about average. I personally have not any problems with this drive. It's very reliable and consistent. I also have multiple other flash drives in this range and I haven't had a problem with any of them.
My only problem with this drive is that the swivel metal case has started to look a bit cloudy and dis-coloured which makes me worry if the metal will deteriorate badly eventually.
However, I would definitely recommend this flash drive to anyone looking for a great storage device. My own drive currently holds hundreds of photo files as well as video files. It's very cheap to purchase on Amazon.co.uk and has a great reputation as one of the most popular flash drives.
I've recently had the misfortune of losing my digital photos and music from my old computer. With it being out of use nowadays, i hadn't backed it up and hence suffered the consequences! Therefore i decided to buy something that could store my data should history repeat itself. The only specifications were that it had to be cheap and at least 16GB. I finally settled for the Kingston DataTraveler based on its high recommendation rating on Amazon.
The USB stick arrived in a thin cardboard package with a see-through "bubble" so you can see the device. On the front there is a range of symbols to tell you which computers and files are compatible, along with the specifications of the USB stick. On the back there is a chart to show which systems it can be used with, along with relevant recycling and contact information. If you have never used one before there is also a diagram to show you where to plug it in! There is no instruction manual included (just incase you are wondering)!
The USB stick is silver and black with the Kingston logo in the middle and information written in white. I purchased the 16GB version, but there is also an 8BG one in red. The device has a swivel motion which i find really appealing because it protects the main part of the USB stick from damage. However, there is a small amount of space at the sides for dirt and dust to enter which is quite hazardous to the device. The USB stick measures roughly 5 x 3 x 2.5cm so it is a very compact. This has both positive and negative points. It is great for storing away in your pencil-case/purse but it can be easily lost! There is a hole at one end so you can tie it to something, however it is VERY small and would not fit on my key-ring, which is where i normally keep mine. I should point out that a string is NOT supplied with the device, which was a bit of a let down too.
I am probably not the best person to tell you about how fast it is but on the packaging it states that it reads at 10MB/s and writes at 5MB/s. If, like me, you are not a techie, i can assure you that it works as fast as any other USB stick i've used, and i haven't had any problems to date. When formatted you lose a bit of the memory which is a bit disappointing, but it still has a large enough capacity for my music collection!
I purchased this USB stick from Amazon for £10.89 which i think is great value for money considering its storage capacity. You can also get it from play.com for the same price. All in all i think this is a great USB stick for storing and transferring data. I would have no worries about getting another, because, lets face it, it is cheaper alternative to an external hard drive!! I give it 5*
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