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      08.02.2012 21:30
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      A great memory stick!

      ~~Product Description, Current Price & Additional Information~~ Play.com / 8GB / USB Flash Drive / Ready Boost Enabled The Play.com Flash Drive is a fast and easy way to transfer data between computers in style. The Play.com Flash Drive from Play.com makes it easy to quickly save and transport your important data. Users can transfer documents, pictures, movie clips and music to other computers with a USB port. Currently priced at £6.95 with free delivery from Play.com. It can also be purchased in twin packs for £11.99 where you get two 8GB usb sticks. ~~My Thoughts~~ I own several memory sticks and can't even remember when I first got this 8GB one from Play.com. The play.com drives come in blue with a hook and a detachable cap. Writing is at a minimal with only Play.com and the memory space on the drive written. The whole drive is no bigger than my thumb and is really lightweight and about 1cm thick at the chunkiest point. I have some smaller usb sticks in 250mb, and 1gb, but I wanted a relatively inexpensive one that was big enough for sharing data for when I was out and about and ended up purchasing this flash drive. My play.com stick is unfortunately very scuffed since I decided to hang it with my other keys on a giant keyring. (I took the cap off and have completely misplaced it as well!) The stick is predominantly blue with grey/silver on the side, and it's the sides that have definitely seen better days. Even though my keyring has many bits and pieces, I tend to (out of habit) pick the USB stick up when requiring it, and thus the hook for the keyring has to bear the tug from all the other keys and bits&bobs... despite this it's doing great with only the paint showing wear. And even though I lug it around without any protection in whatever bag I'm carrying, it's worked perfectly fine. It reads and writes pretty quickly without any lag with a read speed of up to 15MB/second and a write speed of up to 6MB/second. Every time I've transferred data to/from the drive there has been no errors or hassle. I've used this on Windows XP and Mac OS without a problem: the drive shows up automatically. I've had some documents just hanging around there for a long while in case I ever need them (they aren't very important by the way... ;) ) and these files have not been corrupted once. Play.com offer a two years warranty which does offer some comfort as well...though I have a feeling I'm close or passed that... It's really easy to use - after plugging it in, there is a light inside that flashes green when the drive is being recognised. It gets detected pretty quickly and you can cut/copy/paste with no problems from then on. When you want to eject it, the light flashes green again, after which you pull the drive out. A great memory stick for everyday use - I would recommend it!

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        17.01.2012 22:59
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        A fantastic flash drive

        I decided to buy this Flash drive down to two main reasons. This first is the price, from play.com you can purchase this drive for a mere £6.99 which is stunning considering what this capacity would have cost two years ago (£16.99). The second was it's ability to work with both PC and Mac's. What i've found with a lot of flash drives is that they will work with one but not the other. This one allows the user to copy a file onto it say from a mac and then plug it straight into a PC and will be able to open and copy the file back off of the pen drive. It is a generic flash drive which play.com have put their brand upon and reduced the price of (no bad thing). It is a standard inch and a half long and a half an inch wide so nice and small to just slot into your pocket or keep on your keyring. Speed-wise, there is no difference between this and a top brand flash drive which may cost you another ten quid, it took around 5 minutes to copy a 1.6GB file to my mac so no complaints from that side of things. It does tend to get quite hot if copying over a long period of time (15 minutes) so bear this in mind if you have it in your laptop. Overall this flash drive is exactly what i was after and really i have no quarrels with it or its performance, so i would highly recommend this product to anyone after a large capacity drive with very little cost.

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        05.01.2012 18:57
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        a reliable device

        The Play.com 8GB Flash Drive is a very good value flash drive, I bought mine for £6.99 from, well obviously play.com and have found it to be a very reliable device that has never let me down. The flash drive itself comes in a cheap looking and very cheap feeling transparent blue case with a fully detachable lid which when in use can be simply placed at the other end to avoid losing it. To be honest I don't consider looks to be a priority when it comes to a flash drive I am more interested in reliability and value for money and in both areas this device delivers. Ii have noticed that it doesn't have a key chain holder which I have found useful in other flash drives, but to be honest for the price your paying you really can't complain. I find the speed very reasonable although I have only used it to save my college work so no really huge files or films or anything like that so I can't really comment on if it is a good device for things like that. Overall I think for £6.99 it's a great device although the looks aren't great there not bad enough to put me off buying. Also on ciao

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          26.12.2011 12:05
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          A bargain flash drive

          With so much of our lives now digital it is important to be able to preserve our pictures and documents etc. in the event of a computer crash. I used to be really bad at backing up until I lost a lot of sentimental photographs once and now I try and make sure I save everything on a regular basis. Because of this unfortunate loss I now have several memory cards and flash drives floating about my house and to be honest it is like the good old days when I would have camera films lying around and not know what was on them only now it is easy to just plug a memory card or flash drive into the laptop and check and see what's on them. The majority of my cards and flash drives are nearly all full up and although I have a separate media centre I am a bit OCD in that I don't quite trust that to not also break on me so when I was buying some DVD's before Christmas on play.com I decided to add this 8GB flash drive to my basket too. The main reason I chose it was because of the price which was fantastically competitive £4.99 which also included free delivery. As it was branded play.com and I've bought literally tons of things from them before I was confident that it would be a decent product because I couldn't imagine them putting their name to a sub-standard product. When the flash drive arrived it was just as I was expecting and was nice and neat. In our quest to make everything smaller the drive would be easy to lose if you're not careful but at least at only a few cm long it is easy to store away without taking up any sort of room. It is made from a transparent blue plastic and I quite like the look of it and don't think it looks particularly cheap and nasty. It is very similar in design to the majority of other flash drives on the market but I do think that the transparency of the plastic adds a little to its looks. To protect the USB part it is covered by a removable cap which goes on and off easily but feels quite secure when actually clicked into place. So far I have had no trouble going to get the flash drive and finding that the cap has come off and went missing. When the flash drive is in use the cap clicks onto the other side of the flash drive so that you don't need to lay it down and increase its chances of getting lost. The USB port slides into the USB on my laptop with ease and is neither too loose or difficult and tight to remove again like I have with some other flash drives that I've bought previously. As for transfer speeds the flash drive supports reading speeds of up to 15mb's and writing speeds of up to 6mb's. Now I don't really understand what this means exactly but in the reality of daily use I find the flash drive to be quite zippy at both transferring files onto it and off again. It is also incredibly easy to use and is a true plug and play product with no need to download any files to be able to use it and it is compatible with both PC's and Mac's. I chose the 8GB one because of the excellent price but it also comes in a 4GB and 16GB version which also offer excellent value for money. The 8GB is more than adequate for what I wanted it for and it can store a good few hundred pictures on it. Because I have been so impressed with it I am planning on buying the larger version too as my photo collection is rapidly expanding by the day. The one slight niggle that I have with it is that because of the play.com branding there is nowhere to write on what exactly what files the flash drive contains. This is easily remedied by putting on a small sticker but I would have liked there to have been somewhere on it for me to write. Also because of the plastic construction it isn't going to withstand any sort of hard trauma to it. It will be fine falling to the floor etc. but I imagine it would easy be crush if you stood on it for example. For the money I think this flash drive is a complete bargain. It is very similar to a lot of others on the market but is cheaper and just as good if not better to use than a lot of them. I will definitely be buying myself another one and would highly recommend it to people looking for a cheap but decent way of backing up their digital files.

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          21.12.2011 20:57
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          not for the fashion fussy, but its a great product, cheap, reliable and does what its meant to do!

          Right lets get the obvious out of the way, it is a flash drive from PLAY.com with a storage capacity of 8gb for storing various pieces of data whether that be media or documents. As far as this product goes, it looks alright, is made from cheap clear blue plastic with a silver plastic ridge, and obviously the PLAY.com logo on the top. This is appart from the logo identical to various other flash drives available such as the one by integral. But lets be honest it looks reasonable enough and you dont usually have a flash drive as a fashion accessary. The storage capacity itself at 8gb is reasonable enough for transportation of media files and various other documents, of course like everyone else i would like more memory but you need to remember what it is your buying and the function you are going to be using it for. E.g. I use mine for the transportation of coursework and presentations between home and university. if i was after anything more then i would use my Iomega 500gb portable hard drive. so lets be real it does what its designed for. With regards to the writing speed of the device (how quickly files can be "put" onto it) without going into technicals that arn't going to mean much, in short it is quick enough and effective enough that you are not going to be waiting around at the end of the day and stalled to go home. So all good there! Then finally the price you can pick these up relatively cheap from PLAY.com where the last time i checked was £6.99, which is reasonable enough and you would be paying around the same region if not more if you shopped around. On now another final note as i have just remembered, the data quality when opened up off the flash drive, and in terms of corruption is minimal if at all, i've never personally experienced any problems of that sort, but im sure with all pieces of technology someone will have had this issue before, but from me there were no problems and couldnt create some if i wanted to.

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            13.11.2011 01:47
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            online retail branded flash drive

            Nowadays it seems that any company can buy a batch of generic flash drives and then pop their own logos onto them - something which play.com appear to have done with a few of their products. Today i'm looking at Play's 8gb flash drive which has a body shape and build which is identical to other models from a number of companies, including Integral and their 'Courier' design. The body is made from a transparent blue plastic and, although a little cheap looking, the overall design is pleasing enough on the eye. Price & Availability - - - - - - - - - - - - - Currently, you can purchase the Play.com 8gb flash drive for £6.99 from.... guess where... yes, play.com. Compared to the 8gb Integral model, the cost of the Play version is 50p less, so I guess it offers good value for money - but how does it perform? The product in use - - - - - - - - - - - - - Measuring 7 x 24mm, the drive is fairly small and has a slimline profile which allows it to fit the majority of USB hubs. The USB socket is covered by a cap which will handily fit onto the opposing side of the drive when removed. Compatible with Macs and PCs, the product is simple to use and reliable - I haven't ever had an issue with my one. Speed - - - - - Although the Play.com flash drive shares a similar body shape to Integral's Courier - where the courier has a 12 megabyte per second read speed and a three megabyte per second write speed, the Play version can read up to 15x, and write as fast as 6x. Although far from class-leading, the figures are certainly respectable, and quick enough for my needs. Final Word - - - - - - - - - Overall, If it's value for money that you're after, the play.com 8gb flash Drive may be just what you've been looking for - it won't set the world alight with its looks, but i've found it to be reliable and reasonably priced.

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              11.11.2011 20:31
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              You get what you pay for!

              We have a stack of flash drives in our house as we are forever losing them, breaking them or forgetting them. My husband uses his to store music on to play on the cd player in his company van. I use mine to store photos - particularly to transport them so I can show friends and family. My husband purchased this 8GB flash drive for £10.99 on Amazon which is more expensive than my flash drive but still a reasonable price. He wanted 8GB as he likes dance music and those types of songs tend to be really long, ie. big files. The flash drive is relatively small although bigger than most, and blue in colour. There are no other colour options. I have used this drive many times when I have misplaced my own, and I have always found it easy to use. It is plug and play, so there is no messing around with drivers or software. It has a little lid covering the metal end which you simply remove, then plug the drive in. It really is that easy! Transferring files is very easy and so far there has never been a problem, no corruption or missing files or anything like that. The downside is that the transfer of files is actually very slow, much slower than you would expect for the price! This is not a good thing, as when you're in a rush for work and want to change the music files on it, you really don't have time to sit there waiting for it to transfer. The other downfall is that from the very start, the flash drive has not quite fitted properly - by that I mean that it is somewhat loose and easily knocked out. Whenever I have used it I have had to fiddle around with it and/or hold it in place. It's not ideal but it doesn't bother me that much as I don't use it often. I imagine if used daily it would be a nightmare. At the end of the day it is a cheap memory stick that does the job. It's a bit slow and not very robust, but it doesn't cost the earth either, so what can you expect!

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              30.10.2011 13:54

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              Not a great product

              The capacity and speed of the usb is brilliant and suitable for almost anything, the appearance of the usb is not too bad although it could be better with half the size it is. I bought this usb to back up my work files and wanted a usb that was not too expensive, good value for money and not too fancy and I got what I wanted. However the design of the usb needs some tweaking. My usb broke within 3 weeks of use. The usb dropped from approx 6 feet onto laminated flooring and the outer plastic was smashed. I would recommend investing a few more pounds and getting a smaller, sleeker and more durable metal flash drive. The outer coating is made out of a very cheap material and the cap keeps coming off when I had it tied to my keys. I hope this has cleared your decision on buying this product.

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              11.10.2011 14:59

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              a fantastic bit of kit that i can recommend to anyone

              This flash drive in my opinion is a fantastic well built device that does exactly what it says on the tin. Build quality The quality of the build can't be faulted which has been tested throughout the last year being drummed into a college bag or thrown onto the back seat of my car. Apart from a few scratches on the outside of the plastic there is no outward damage I use this flash drive to store pictures and also my college work to this day have not had any issues adding data or retrieving information from the drive. The speed of the drive is impressive and the ability to hold 8 gigs which is a couple of films and transfer them onto other computers within 25 minutes also ticks the box for me I like the colour of the drive which is also important as its reliability. Installation is easy as the device holds all the necessary drivers that Windows and Mac OS recognise which makes this drive a drag and drop to add or remove files. I would recommend this drive to anyone who is looking forward a way to transport files or as a cheap backup solution I managed to purchase this drive for under 15 pounds around six months ago which makes it fantastic value for money as i use it most days In conclusion this drive is fast and very efficient at storing and transferring data and should be in the pencil case of students as its cheap and works well .

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              11.09.2011 20:03
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              For £5.99 you can't get a better 8GB disk drive

              Having previously bought the 2GB version and recently annoyed at SanDisk Cruzer, I decided to go for the 8GB version from Play.com Firstly it is a capped device so its waterproof - I know this may sound funny, but there was a time when I had left my previous flash disk with my clothes in the wash - and it worked. I have no desire to repeat that accidental experiment again, but it shows the robust build quality of this Play.com branded disk. Like the 2GB version it feels sturdy and rugged enough to leave around in your pocket. Why should one get 8GB instead of 16GB? That is a good question, firstly you must look at the price. This is almost 1/2 the price and half the size. The answer lies in how you intend to use it. 8GB can hold 2 DVD size ISOs or movies. More often than not I use flash drives to create boot disks for operating systesms. However, you can pretty much now run a full operating system and save documents on this device without cause for concern. I have tried it with the latest Ubuntu Lucid Lynx build and it basically allows me to have a secure operating system on the go wherever I go. Major advantage of having your own OS on the go is that you can carry out banking or other risk activities without comprimising your security. Thats one secnario, the other scenario is of course to transfer files and the speed is as could be expected from a USB 2.0 device; its fast. It also functions as ReadyBoost but that is a Windows feature I am not so keen on. So if like me you want an 8GB storage drive for your very own OS on the go - look no further than this Play.com drive for only £5.99.

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                23.08.2011 05:06
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                Average.

                As I don't have my own printer, I am a regular user of the library computers in order to print out essays etc, which is why I find memory sticks (flash drives) so handy. This is the most recent flash drive I purchased, and it was £6.99 from Play with free delivery. According to Play, the RRP of this particular flash drive is RRP £10.49 so I saved over £3 which is a nice little bonus. The flash drive is quite average looking and is blue in colour. I was a little dissapointed that there wasn't a variety of colours to choose from but seeing as it's only a memory stick it doesn't really matter! The flash drive is around the same size as my other memory sticks, making it easy to just shove into my bag although because it's not very big it can get lost amongst my other stuff (saying that though my bag is extremely crowded!) and it is covered in lightweight blue plastic with a rounded end and a little pull off lid which exposes the silver part of the memory stick which you simply insert into your laptop/computer's USB port - quick, simple and easy, and the computer recognises it straight away so there is no need for cd's to install it. This memory stick claims to hold 8GB of data however I really doubt this. It is fine with my university work which I keep on it as back ups (there's around 2gb currently), and around 3gb worth of pictures, however if I try and add anything more to it such as a bit of music to transfer to my other computer, it doesn't like it and tells me that there's an error, despite there been plenty of space. I've had no issues with it corrupting though and it is a reliable memory stick. Transferring data isn't the fastest process and for the price I paid I did expect it to be atleast reasonably quick, but it does require a decent amount of time to transfer everything. It is not the most sturdy of memory sticks and is very lightweight and quite tacky feeling. I have noticed when I put it into my laptop's USB it doesn't aline straight, it bends down a little causing the metal part to drag down, making it quite loose - no doubt within another few months it will likely be too mishapen to use. Overall, I don't think this is great, however as it's one of the cheapest available I don't see why I wouldn't reccomend it. It is definetly not a memory stick to be filled to the brim with data as although I have not had issues with any files corrupting I have seen how tempermental it can be at times. It is quite flimsy as well and alot of use would wear it out easily, mine is starting to bend after only a few weeks of use.

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                  22.08.2011 14:27
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                  Low cost

                  It is pretty hard to go wrong with this 8gb flash drive fromPlay.com as for a very low price of £6.99 you do get an excellent product. I did have a problem with the first one that I got as it would not work on my laptop, the message came up that there was no driver that it was compatable with and all the things I tried to resolve the matter did not work however Play replaced it after a few days through their normal returns policy and the new one is working just fine with no problems so I guess the first one was certainly faulty. This is what I guess you would call a basic flash drive based on the fact that it is not exactly robustly made. It is a blue plastic casing, mine differes slightly from the one in teh picture above in that it does not have the silver loop on the lid which is a shame as this looks like it would make it easier to secure the device to a key chain however the lid mine has is smooth. It does clip on to the back of the flash drive when it is plugge into your PC to make it harder to loose but other than that there is no way to secure the flash drive to anything if it is going to be used a lot. I plan to use mine to back up pictures so it is not a major issue as it will remain at home. Transfer speeds are perfectly acceptable, whilst it is not the fastest flash drive that I have ever worked with it does transfer files easily by drag and drop and without the need for any software downloads. Also the speed is fine especially as I'm using mine for storing photo files from home so there is no need for it to be particularly fast. Overall I guess you get what you pay for and this is a good value device which as it is from Play does not have any additional p&p to pay.

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                  21.08.2011 12:40

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                  great value for money

                  In this age of information, a flash drive has become an ever more necessary piece of equipment. I never leave the house without one. Whether it be to take files from home to work or swapping music and movies with friends, I can always rely on my memory stick. The days of floppy drives and waiting for CD's to burn are long gone. At £6.99 this is a exceptionally low priced flash drive. It is made of cheap blue plastic and a removable lid, which did not last too long (I'm terrible when it comes to losing things) I used to have it attached to my keys but I found it was getting easily damaged. It has a 8GB capacity, the transfer speed is not exceptional but at such a low price this can be forgiven. With no delivery cost there are no extra charges so you are getting over a gig per pound. If you don't own a flash drive then I would recommend investing in one and this is perfect for most needs.

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                  09.08.2011 18:43
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                  Good value

                  I was primarily attracted by the rather exceptional price for this Play.com flash drive as getting 8gb of storage for the very low price of £6.99 is pretty good and the reviews on Play.com were largely positive with only a couple of minor negative points being raised, also I have owned a very similar looking drive before and never had any problems with it apart from losing the top. I only came across the flash drive from a promotional Play.com email. It is a blue plastic flash drive with a removable lid, it is about 6cm in length and a decent size making it easier to find in my bag. It is not the most stylish looking flash drive but as I use it primarily to store pictures that is not really an issue for me. The previous flash drive I had that is the same design did suffer from the problem of the lid becoming loose after a lot of use and eventually it fell off and i lost it, given that this flash drive is not for everyday use I do not expect to have the same problem but it is something to be aware of. When you are using the flash drive the lid does clip onto the other end to protect against loss. With regards to transfer speeds it is not the fastest memory stick I have ever used but it is good enough, not exactly secret agent / Mission Impossible speeds but good enough for what I want to use it for. The most important thing is that it is reliable and I have not had any memory failures or upload failures when using this device and it currently holds about six reasonably large folders of pictures on it and the file transfer speed is the same for the last one as it was for the first. I have had no problems with this device and given that you are paying less than a pound per GB of memory it is a very cheap option and comes with free delivery as well.

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                  16.07.2011 00:13
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                  Good for the money

                  I work in an office which is 'paperless', so I use a variety of different smaller capacity flash drives to back up my work (I don't trust it all to one drive), and purchased the 8GB flash drive from Play.com last year for around £7.50. The service was excellent - I ordered early one morning and had the drive in the post the very next morning, so top marks for Play.com's service! The flash drive itself is only available in one colour, a slightly transparent royal blue, and bears the Play.com logo and the flash drive size to the top. It's not going to win any design awards, but it looks OK. Mine doesn't have a keyring attachment which I would have liked, but overall it's fine for the money.The cap removes entirely, not something I am keen on purely because I tend to lose them but I haven't, (so far) with this one, but it's something to bear in mind if like me you stick these USB keys into your bag and they can get knocked about a bit, lids come off, etc. The USB interface is 2.0 so the speeds are excellent though I must say I only use it really for Word and Excel files, no music or movies so I can't really comment on larger file transfer. It's ideal for office use, though. I have had it nearly 8 months now and it is still as good as new (some cheaper flash drives have broken on me within weeks). So I use it with confidence. Overall, if you were thinking of purchasing the Play.com 8GB USB flash drive, I would say yes it is a good buy but personally I'd buy one with a fixed lid and a keyring. But it works well and that's what matters, so for £7.50 for 8GB and free fast delivery - you really cannot go wrong. I recommend it, there's a lot of flash drives out there and this is one of the better ones I have tried.

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