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Recently bought this from Tescos at a bargain £5.99 when it was on offer. Normally this retails at around £14.99 or £9.99 on etailers. I previously had Play.com 2GB storage device and never used the full space until recently when linux distributions became much larger.
Main reason for buying this was to create a USB installation for the new OpenSuSe linux distribution. It held the boot disk just about with enough to spare. So its 4GB, its USB 2.0 compliant so it isn't as fast as USB 3.0 but not nearly as costly. It feels light compared to my Play.com flash drive.
As such, the build quality is a bit dubious as it feels flimsy and fragile. Wouldn't recommend dropping this around or leaving it in your pocket and accidentally sitting on it (I did so on my Play.com device and it still worked!).
As it has no cap it is a push device. This too feels flimsy and thats my main problem with this. The plastic used could have been a bit more rugged. It just doesn't feel sturdy enough. Otherwise it works as its supposed to.
I have recently found myself needing to carry documents around with me so thought I would invest in a memory stick. Having never purchased such an item before I chose a middle range priced Sandisk Cruzer 4 GB £10 from Sainsburys.
Sandisk Cruzer 4 GB
*Storage Capacity: 4 GB
*Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
*Software Included: CruzerSync, Skype, SignUpShield
*OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4
*Readyboost compliant and can be used with Microsoft Vista
This is a great little Flash Drive and when I say little I mean little the stick itself is only about 2 inches long. It is a sleek little gadget in basic black. The great thing about this stick is that the drive is retractable which means that there is no hunting around for a lost cap. I have read others found the slide sticky but I have not had this problem at all.
Sandisk Cruzer 4 GB is really easy to use you do not need any software or anything like that for it to work you just plug it in and go. I have found it a very roomy drive and can store load of pictures and documents on it. There is also a security system so you can password protect the sticks content. The transfer time is really quick which is great.
I have found that the stick is very durable as it has been bouncing around in my bag for months and has suffered no ill affects.
There is really not much more to say other than shop around as you can get these drives for a few pounds cheaper than I paid.
Sandisk cruzer memory sticks come in different sizes, I have seen them range upto 32GB. I am by no means an expert at all, and didn't really know what I was looking for, but when I told some friends I needed a memory stick they recommended Tesco's as they had seen them cheaply. I seem to be always doing shopping there anyway, and the lure of clubcard points never seems to fail. I chose completely based on price, and that lead me to this 4GB memory stick for £5.99.
The memory stick has what I believe to be quite a unique design. It has a plastic push in and out button, which withdraws the precious valuable end into itself so it cannot get damaged. This is much better than the ones with lids. I had one of these before for work and the lid fell off in my bag and I couldn't find it again, which instantly rendered it useless, without extra special care.
The memory stick feels quite flimsy and cheaply made, but its performance has never backed up those thoughts. I used this to save photos I had taken for a family wedding and then it got passed back and forwards between all my family members as they slowly copied them onto their own PCs one by one.
Everyone managed to use this memory stick, so it is obviously very easy to use, and it came back to me in one piece, with no damage to the precious USB metal pieces. This shows it is pretty hardy, and therefore, to me, very good value for money.
I have windows 7 and it worked well with it, it was very fast to load when I put it in the PC. Some software popped up, which I quickly closed down as I never use the standard software, I just open the USB stick up in my computer.
This memory stick was ideal for me-hardy and easy to use. It wasn't a downside for me, but maybe for you, depending on what you would like to use this for. It doesn't have password encryption.
As a student it's important for me to back-up work, as I spend a lot of time writing up assignments and don't want to lose them! At my place of study there is a system whereby we all have our own account and are able to save work on to there. This means it's always accessible whenever in this place. This is handy and I'd never had any problems with it until I suddenly was unable to find a very important piece of work. Needless to say, it couldn't be recovered and I had to spend the whole night writing it back up to a much lower standard. It was at this point I decided I needed to back up all of my work, so I decided to purchase a USB stick.
I went into ASDA to try and search for one, and this is the one I picked up. I had no background knowledge on these whatsoever, and being under £10 I just picked up this one in the hope it would perform well. Generally this USB will always be priced around £10 and you can purchase it at the usual places. I recommend looking in ASDA, trying Amazon and other electronic stores.
The design of this USB stick is dreadful. It looks very cheap and the plastic design isn't very nice. The design wasn't what I was going for, I just wanted practicality so I wasn't too fussed about this. I have been using this for around two months now and the brand name on it has already started to wear away which isn't so good.
Another thing I despise about this USB stick is the slider. I thought it was quite nifty when I brought it as it meant you didn't need a lid on the stick. You simply push the slider and out pops the USB. It looks easy, yet I seem to have so many problems with mine. Occasionally the slider will get stuck which can be a problem if I'm in a rush and needing to save something.
When you insert the USB (if you can finally get it to slide up...just kidding) an orange light shows up and then fades continuously. This is up to you what you would think about it because my friends love it and think it's a quirky design to such a boring product. However, I find it very annoying if I'm working with the USB stick inserted as it distracts you when you can see the light.
Moaning over, this USB stick really does have good points. Firstly, the price is fantastic and hard to beat. Especially for 4GB, £10 seems a bargain to me! There's no point paying a considerable amount more for a USB stick that looks pretty because at the end of the day, don't they all do the same thing?
Speaking of its performance, the USB is fantastic and really does the job well. Files can be transferred quickly and easily and I was able to use it without even reading instructions so I'm sure you can too. It's very simple to use and when inserted into your PC or laptop, will load up on its own. If not you have to go to 'My Computer' and it will be located in there somewhere.
Overall, the practicality of the USB stick is 5/5 however the design really does let it down. If the slider worked all the time perhaps it would get a higher rating. A fair four stars should be awarded to this as it is really good for the price you are paying! Thanks for reading.
I bought my San Disk 8 GB Cruzer a few months back now after a power surge in my computer caused me to lose a number of my holiday photos. "Never again" I thought and purchased this cheap but handy portable storage device.
The Cruzer has been really good and reliable and I've managed to store pretty much everything I've got on both memory cards and my computer on here as a back up. Its also been handy to take round to show friends our holiday snaps as it doesn't require and additional software to use it on another computer.
The only downsides to it, in my opinion, is that it is quite cheap looking in appearance (granted, it doesn't cost that much in the first place) and the white plastic slider in the centre of it (needed to reveal the actual USB computer attachment) seems a little poorly made and can be a little unreliable in its functionality. For some reason, it rather tackily lights up orange when attached to the computer which all seems a little bit unnecessary in the circumstances!
Overall, I'd say for the price, the San Disk 8 GB Cruzer is a good little product with great storage potential and is only let down by its cheap build and design.
USB sticks are invaluable in my job. Transferring data and settings from PC to PC means I can have a virtually paperless office and have backups of my stuff left right and centre.
SanDisk is a well known name in data storage and despite it's ubiquity it is clear from the Cruzer4 that it doesn't scrimp on quality in its products. Though USB sticks are solid state - i.e. no moving parts, I have lost count of how many of them have fallen to bits within 6 months of regular usage. I've had my Cruzer for a few months now and it still feels like it's new. The fancy slider is pretty pointless however, I've never really used it and I doubt many would - it's a fancy feature that could really be done without.
Despite this, it's a good little product, not only for file distribution or on Vista powered PCs for memory boost. It's cheap, and most importantly, will last without disintegrating and losing your stuff.
A good buy.
This memory stick is incredably usefull. It was cheap to buy and has easily enough space for word documents and pictures. It is highly durable. Small and incredibly easy to use. It is very easy to copy or transfer files from one pc to another. It comes highly recommended. It can easily be attactched to a key chain. It also illuminates whilst in use. However the switch to push the usb slot out can stick at times and can even get stuck in the computer if not inserted correctly.
However it is a geat device which is cheap cheerfull and really, really easy to use. The flashing LED even tells you when the device is in use.
It would make a good gift for christmas for someone who uses computers and has to change documents from one compuer to the other.
Sometimes hoever because of its size it can go missing. Overall though a great product