Product Type: Sandisk Flash Drive
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Small size, huge storage
Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16 GB
Member Name: tirial
Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16 GB
Advantages: Tiny, light, good capacity, easy to use,
Disadvantages: Slight physical durability concern
I picked one of these up some time ago, and was delighted when I saw the price had come down so I could pick up some more. It is an excellent device, small, easy to use and with significant storage capacity, particularly given its size.
Physically the stick is absolutely tiny. It's slightly shorter and narrower than an AA battery, and about a quarter inch (half a centimetre) across at this deepest point. The red and black case is plastic rather than metal, and is a single block with no detachable caps, lights, or sliding parts. It has a moulded curve that makes it fit the hand nicely, and makes it very clear which way up it goes. There is a small hole towards the wider end where a clip or lanyard could be added, and the other end is the pre-moulded USB connection. The result is an incredibly tiny and light USB drive.
Regarding durability, mine has been dropped a few times and survived unscatched. However the case is plastic, so it is unlikely to survive rougher wear e.g. being stepped on. For example, I probably wouldn't attach one to a keychain, just in case the keys damaged it. Data durability, on the other hand, is superb. I use several, and I've never had a corruption or data loss problem.
Use is very simple: plug and play. You just plug it into a USB port on your computer, or connected hub and the computer picks it up. I've used this on several machines and never had a problem.
At 16GB this is has a decent amount of storage for its size and is reasonable fast when transferring files. I've used it to take portable copies of projects (often video working files) which would be split across several DVDs.
However the ease of use and storage capacity also allows it to be used for more than just file transfer. This USB drive has enough space to allow bootable OS e.g. Linux flavours like Ubuntu to be installed to run on startup. For the technically-minded, I have also used one as a spare drive to give extra swap space (and better performance) on an older computer. It can also be attached as a small backup drive.
It's small, easy to carry, and has a wide range of uses. At the current time it is also rather cheap, making it something most computer-users can find a use for.
Summary: An excellent little device with a wide range of uses.
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