Product Type: Sandisk Flash Drive
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Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16 GB
Member Name: spirit19
Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16 GB
Advantages: large memory capacity, portable, low price
Disadvantages: 16GB is not available, fails when pushed to extremes, slow write speed
The thing that really caught my eye at the time of buying this USB stick was the price. It was (and still is) under £7 on amazon.co.uk. I bought it and it arrived promptly in 3 days with Amazon's free super saver delivery.
The packaging option I chose at checkout was Frustration-Free, the idea being that the process of opening and recycling the packaging is simpler. The package was a small cardboard box with one perforated strip, so opening it was no problem and since it was all cardboard, that was no problem either. However, within the box, the USB stick had no further packaging or protection and was just floating around the box (I have since bought another one that came in a plastic casing within the cardboard box so hopefully this problem has been rectified).
As soon as you see the USB stick, you will notice how small and light it is. It is around 4cm in length, 1.5cm in width and 0.5cm in depth at its thickest point. The reason for this small size could be due to the fact that it has no protective lid. This makes it seem like it is more susceptible to damage but it isn't. I have made use of the keyring hole thing (don't know what its called) to put it with my keys and coins in my wallet, as well as dropped it several times and there is hardly a scratch. It has been designed well and slides smoothly into the USB slot, unlike many other USB devices I have used which are stiff the first few times you plug them in.
Windows explorer picked up the USB stick very quickly, after the brief installation of driver software. The autoplay window popped up as would with any standard USB. All the options are the same and since the default formatting of the USB stock is FAT32, you can use it for pretty much anything straight out of the box. Then I noticed the storage capacity, which disappointingly was only a maximum of 14.9GB from a 16GB USB stick, however that was further educed to around 14.2GB (rough estimate of what I remember), so I decided to see what was going on...
Stored on this memory sick is a Sandisk Locker application (I can't remember the exact name, I deleted it almost immediately). As I said, I deleted this almost instantly so I do not fully remember the purpose of this application, however here is my best guess at remembering: it is supposedly an application that allows you to securely store data in a password protected folder and an online option is also provided. I was intrigued at first, however the setup was very unclear and complicated, at which point the realization struck that I would actually never need such a function. It could be useful when you are working on sensitive or top secret work files, but along with the difficulty of installation and the relatively little use it would get, I decided against spending time on it. For me the password security provided by Windows is sufficient, but some may find this application useful if they manage to set it up.
The write (when you copy something onto the memory stick) and read (when something is copied from the memory stick to another device) speeds are respectable, but in true Sandisk fashion, this USB stick has a relatively slow write speed of up to 10MB/sec and a relatively quick read speed of up to 15MB/sec. Taken directly from the Sandisk website, they claim to be able to store 1000 songs or 900 photos at 10MP or 80 minutes of 1080p video. I know for sure that you cannot store 80 minutes of 1080p video because when I tried to copy over a movie that was 1 hour and 12 minutes long (72 minutes) it failed to copy, even though the file was only 9GB in size. This makes me wonder about the overall reliability and usability of this USB stick.
However I still went on to purchase another one because my main use is for university work, past papers etc, and for this it is more than enough because I go nowhere near the maximum capacity. I opted for the 16GB rather than a lower level of memory because of the minimal price difference (currently 8GB is around £4.50 and bizarrely both 4GB and 2GB are around £2.85). Overall good for most things, but when pushed to the limit it doesn't seem able to keep up.
Summary: Good all round USB stick at a fraction of the price of most others
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