“ PNY Attaché - USB flash drive - 512 MB - Hi-Speed USB „
I've had one of these PNY Attache USB memory sticks for several years now, and although I don't use it that much these days, instead favouring flash memory sticks with a larger capacity, it's lasted me well and has been used an awful lot. This particular stick has a 512 megabyte capacity which is big enough to store plenty of documents on, from word documents to spreadsheets and images. I believe I originally paid £10 for this USB stick, but that was 3-4 years ago, and you can get much larger USB sticks for the same price now, so in a way this is a little out of date!
In terms of looks, my Attache stick is about 10cm long, with the main body of the drive being a brushed silver coloured plastic. Running throughout the middle of the stick in an elongated oval is a smooth area of green plastic, which continues to the end of the drive where the actual metal USB plug is. The stick comes with a silver protective lid which slides over the metal USB end. To use, you just plug the drive into a USB port, and it is recognised by the computer right away, allowing you to move files over to it almost instantly.
When in use, there's a green light which flashes underneath the green section of the drive, so you can tell it's working and plugged in properly. Transferring files over to this stick from a laptop or PC is very easy, as the memory stick uses a hi-speed USB connection; I've found it only takes a few seconds to load this stick with data, even up to it's full 512 megabyte capacity.
I've had this stick for years now, and it's still working in perfect condition, being quite tough and durable as far as these devices go. I use it mainly for transferring smaller documents from one machine to another, as these days I usually use a flash drive / memory stick with several gigbytes of storage instead, particularly if I'm just wanting to store documents rather than merely transfer them. When compared to larger memory sticks, which have vast amounts more storage space for data on them, in terms of memory this device is tiny in comparison, but it's also very quick. It's quicker to transfer items to this stick, for example, than when using a 2 GB stick I have, so I tend to use this if I'm in a rush and only need to swap something small from one machine to another.
Overall, though there are USB memory sticks like this with much larger storage capacities, for what it is, this is a good little drive. It's working well after several years, and I've had no problem with it at all. It might not be big in terms of storage size, but it suits smaller tasks well and I've definitely had my money's worth from it. Sometimes good things come in small packages!
This PNY Attache USB drive is / flash drive / memory stick with a 512 megabyte capacity. It's about two and a half inches long, and is available in a various colours - mine has an outer case made of black plastic with a lozenge of transparent green plastic as an insert in the middle. It has a small, detachable cap covering the 'business end' - ie. the metal plug-in part that slots into the appropriate USB port on your computer.
I'm not a technical expert on USB drives, but have used them quite a bit to transfer data in the form of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, between computers. In fact my original Attache USB was given to me by my then employer to use just for this (I understand it cost about £10 to £15 at the time, and USBs with greater memory these days still cost about this much).
These flashdrives seem to have pretty much replaced floppy discs, and even CDs as a device for backing up / transferring / storing computer files and now that the early 'teething problems' with them seem to have been solved (more about that in a bit) I find them a much more user-friendly piece of kit - partly because of the small, easily transportable size, but primarily because of the enormous storage capacity that they have, which is much greater than a floppy disc or CD. In terms of the perhaps 20 to 30-slide Powerpoint presentations I used to need to carry about between computers, you would be lucky to get half a dozen of these stored on one CD but with a USB drive - well, I've never really reached the 'disc full' capacity with that yet, in practice.
The first USB I owned about five years ago looked exactly like the models still available today, but came with a small plastic CD containing operating files that had to be loaded onto each and every computer it was to be used with. This was very inconvenient, and there were issues with compatibility with older versions of Microsoft Office, and in fact I couldn't get that old USB to work at all on the (at the time) five year old laptop I was using. Happily, the USBs you get these days come preprogrammed with all the software they need to work already (and permanently) 'on' the memory stick - which means in effect that whenever you plug it into a new machine, it starts working automatically. A green LED flashes on in the transparent plastic insert on the stick when you plug it in, to show it's working - and when you remove it from a Windows-running computer, you also are supposed to carry out a quick 'safely remove hardware' procedure (you just click a box on an icon at the corner toolbar) to shut it off (although in fact, I've had to detach mine a few times 'unsafely' - ie without shutting it off first, and it's still been all right).
One slight issue with the Attache USB is that I've lost the cap, as it's so small and mislayable, which is a pain. This model does have a little hole the back, that you're supposed to use with a mini key-ring style round attachment to fit it to - I don't know, a neck strap or your actual key ring or something so you don't lose it. I didn't do this and accidentally ended up running over the stick with my car when I dropped it in the driveway - which isn't recommended though I was still able to retrieve the data from it afterwards before it finally gave out (it was crushed beyond repair). So these gadgets seem to be pretty robust.
I have had this PNY 512Mb USB flash drive for a few years now and must say it has been very reliable considering the way that it has been treated.
The flash drive comes with a handy little lanyard and is securley protected in a plastic shell.
The flash drive has been very useful in recent years and have never had a problem with it there is plenty of room on it for all your normal documents but if you want to transfer large video files or alot of music or graphic work you may need something a bit bigger.
After a couple of years use the drive has picked up a bit of wear and tear here and there for example the lid has been lost and the casing has been cracked which i suppose shows that it has done well to protect the chip and all of my files.
Overall i would recommend this to anyone who needs a cheap back-up or device to transfer documents that is reliable as long as you don't treat it too harshly.
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