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I first bought this a few weeks before the start of the new college term back in september because my old one (which I will do a review on at some point) completely fell apart when it hadn't been treated particularly roughly at all. I was pretty annoyed about it and therefore chose a design which appeared to be much sturdier and less likely to just come apart in your hands like the old one did.
I therefore came across this one, the Lexar Jumpdrive Firefly 4GB. I wasn't sure if 4GB would actually be big enough given how much coursework and research I have to do but I decided to give it a go anyway, especially when it was only £6.50 in Staples anyway. It looked really sturdy and I couldn't see any major issues with it at all.
According to the manufacturer's details, it weighs approximately 27g which is extremely light and is only about 4cm long and 2 cm wide (and therefore potentially a problem when it comes to losing it). The part where you can attach a string of some sort to it so you don't lose it is on the lid; something I found really odd because the lid doesn't really attach to the main body of the USB drive particularly well and I found myself half expecting to lose the product because of this. I would say this is a major design fault, although admittedly there isn't anywhere else to put it either.
The device is an ideal size for putting into your computer or laptop though as the casing isn't much bigger than the USB slot, maybe only by a few millimetres in fact. This is a good thing as some computers have a casing around the USB slot which doesn't allow for easy access to it and some of the larger USB sticks don't then fit. I've had this problem in the past and had to buy a new one because none of the college computers could take the USB drive.
Once it is in the computer, there is a little box that comes up in the bottom right hand corner saying 'New device found'. A few seconds later, it states 'Lexar JD Firefly storage device found' followed by 'Your device is ready to be used'. I found this was really useful because it doesn't take long at all. It usually does all of that in a matter of about 15 seconds. This means if you're in a rush you don't have to wait around for ages for it to install.
At the rear end of the USB drive there is a light which flashes red if the USB drive is in the process of doing something when it is in the computer. This is something that I found very useful because then if you're unsure if something has just saved, look at the light. It flickers. If you're unsure if it's opening something, again, the light will flicker if it is. This saves time when you end up with 10 of the same thing open or whatever as you won't click too many times.
For those of you interested in sizes this comes in, it is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities. In terms of colours, it is available in red, black and white. I personally have the white one because it was cheaper but having looked around a bit, it appears that now the black ones tend to be around £7, the white ones around £8 and the red ones £11. I don't think there is any reason for this other than the colour choices as they all seem to be completely identical.
I found that this device is extremely easy to keep in your pocket or in a little pocket in your bag because of the size, although this can also mean it is easy to lose. I've had this for almost a year now and it's still working perfectly fine, although there is a hairline crack on the casing. This is probably more to do with me being a little too rough with it sometimes than anything else though because it's certainly sturdy. It works well with all of the computers and laptops I've ever put it into (something which surprised me somewhat given that it's been in computers with windows 95 on them still and computers that are windows 7) and, as far as I know, they should work with Mac computers as well (given that I've also used mine in my teacher's Mac and had no problems at all).
I would say that this memory stick is very useful and reliable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new one!
I bought this as an extra hard drive for college when my other handy lexar died. I bought it from Dell for I think about 15 euro at the time.
I went for this exact model because I have used a few products from Lexar in the past and was confident that I would get the most out of my money. They are available in different memory sizes and vary in colour depending on the size. This 4GB model is white in colour with a clear plastic lid. They are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities.
They are really small and are less than the size of a thumb. This is really handy for me because I dont like to have anything too chunky on my keychain and this works perfectly. I dont even notice its on there. It clips securely into the plastic lid so you dont have to worry about it falling out either. There is a blue LED light on the end that lights up when it is in use and looks stylish.
There is software included on this for protection but to be honest Im not a tech wizard and I dont have anything worth stealing anyways on it so encryption or anything like that meant nothing to me. You just open up the folder for the flash drive and drag and drop any files you want to make portable.
I have used it on Windows 7, Vista and also XP without any problems and even though I have never tried it, it is also states that it is compatible with Apple's Mac too.
I would recommend this flash drive to anyone as its really small and works perfectly well.
The Lexar 4GB USB Flash drive is a small, ultra portable USB Key.
First off straight out of the packet there was only 3.72GB of Storage not 4GB. It does state on the packet that actual usable memory capacity may vary but it still annoys me that I am buying four and getting 3.7.
Onto portability. The device features a small hole to fit onto your key ring. I actually struggled to get it onto my keys as the key rings on my keys are quite thick. I eventually got it onto a smaller key ring. If it isn't on your keys you should keep your eye on it as these devices are small and i have lost this one on a number of occasions.
The device features plug and play and allows you to quickly transfer documents from device to device. I must say I have found the device to be fast. It is also compatible with Vista, XP and OS, though i have only tested it on XP.
The key comes bundled with some google software. these are all available on the internet so i thought this was quite pointless. The USB stick is a cool design with a blue LED showing activity and for only £6.89 for 4GB is pretty cheap.