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I got this USB as a present, so sadly I do not know how much it cost the person who gave it me, but looking on amazon and ebay etc, it looks like it should be in the 5-10 pound range including delivery.
Not bad, but then this USB is all plastic, and is 2gb, which by todays standards is not all that great!
But wait! What is this i see?
I have had some experience with sandisk before, but never owned one myself. I was never very impressed with the functionality of having a sliding bit attached to the actual bit you plug in. I keep pressing the usb towards the PC, and instead of going into the slot, it goes back into the case! DOH!
But this is not the case with this USB! With a size of around a 2p and 1p piece, its tiny, and fits inside my wallet in the coin compartment (where it stays safe, but i dont keep coins in there encase i scratch it). It also has a little keyring loop, so could be attached to keyrings should you desire.
The case is all plastic, no metal, which may seem like a bad thing, but it does feel like good quality plastic (unlike another USB i own, which i am too afraid to use encase is breaks into a million pieces!). Good quality plastic is better than poor quality metal any day of the week as far as i am concerned!
As for durability, this is a hard one, but I do know of somebody who owned another sandisk usb (admittedly, not the same model) who put it through the washing machine, and it still worked fine! However note that please do not try this at home!
Write speeds on this USB are ok... nothing to shout about, but nothing so bad it ruins the USB. Being on 2gb might affect this though, i only use mine for transfer of smallish documents and the such. If you want to use yours to back say a whole database or something with a larger 32gb usb, i am not sure this would do it (but maybe large sizes have quicker write/read speeds?).
My only niggle is that it seems to take longer to be recognised by computers than other USBs, but i have not actually done a race or timed it. I think its because it has a sandisk application, which i have never run, which i think does stuff like encryption. As i dont really carry anything worth stealing (not to other people at least, unless you really want those lecture notes i make!), i have never bothered to see what is in there/what it all does.
Anyway, hope you found this useful. In summary then, this is a well made, reliable and reliable feeling USB. Would be great for University/schools/taking powerpoint presentations etc in a nice small bundle (just be careful not to loose it, i attached a loop to mine through the keyring loop, and then attached that to the zip in my wallet just encase!). For more extreme usb needs (say writers writing books who need constant backups, maybe people transfering much larger files and so on), i'm afraid i cant comment on how it will be at that, i onlyhave 2gb on mine, but then again, you will probably want a more hardcore USB in the region of 50-100 quid!
So for the price, yeah not bad!