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If you got a PC then there's a high chance you got some form of portable memory device, be that a pen drive, memory stick, SD card ….
I have a few with this on being one of the smaller ones. Costing me less than £10.
I have this 4GB version, plus a 16GB type too. With other GB sizes available.
This is small, in physical size, being about 1 ½ cm wide, 4cm long and less than a cm thick.
The speeds aren't too bad, giving up to 10Mbps write speeds and up to 20Mbps read speed.
It is solid enough in the hand, so there's no feeling that it's going to break apart when I slide it into the USB port of my PC.
It runs on most OS's Windows and Mac, with it being a plug and play system. So plug it into the USB port and away you go, once the driver has been found.
The speeds are good enough for your daily file transferring and as this is a 4GB this can hold a lot of data without too much troubles.
There is a little hole in one end which is designed for a key ring loop to go through so that this can be put onto a key ring with your keys. 7Sandisk is a good name when it comes to PC accessories, and , with this, you can see why. It is a good all round memory stick having plenty of room inside whilst being small on the outside.
The only downside of this is that there is no way of protecting the metal connector end as this is not a slider nor does it have a cap. This means that the connector can be damaged accidentally if its knocked about in your pocket or in a case. This is not a bad thing if you take a little care of where you put it.
I have had a good few flash drives over the years but this has to be the smallest one I have ever had, its teeny! Measuring around 2inches in length, half an inch wide and a few mm thick it really is rather small, but don't let its small size fool you it is a good little piece of kit!
If you don't know what a flash drive is, it is basically a memory stick that you plug into your computer via a USB port and you can take files from your computer and copy them onto the flash drive. This is very useful if you wish to transfer files between computers or if there is a very important document you wish to have a backup copy of you can put it on here. With a 4gb capacity it does not have the biggest amount of space in the world so you obviously couldn't back up an entire computers worth of data on to here but for the odd document or file here and there it is perfectly adequate.
As requested I have checked the read and write speeds. Depending how fast your computer is you can get up to 15mb/second read speed and up to 9mb/second write speed.
The sandisk flash drive couldn't be easier to use (as with most flash drives) you just need to plug it into your computer, the computer does some jiggery pokery and tada the fash drive is installed, it is then ready for you to copy your files across. The flash drive can be used on most windows, mac and linux operating systems and uses USB 2.0 not quite as fast as the latest USB 3.0 but fast enough, especially for such a small capacity flash drive. I'm sure I got this drive free from argos when I bough an external hard drive but a quick look online and you can get the drive for around £5, it is also available in a variety of capacities of up to 32gb which is only £17, bargin!
Overall this drive is a great deal, my only criticisms are that, yes ok I know it is cheap but it feels very cheap, it is almost entirely plastic as opposed to most other drives I have had which have more metal to them. The second slight niggle is the fact that it has no cover to put over the usb bit of the drive. Neither of these would stop my buying or recommending the drive as long as you know that you get what you pay for ;)
I have had many USB memory sticks over the years and have normally stumped up for an expensive product as I can at times be abit of a technology snob. It was my girlfriend who found this available on E-Bay for under £5 and that included delivery.
The San Disk memory stick really is tiny, making it perfect for anyone as once you have finished using it you are able to slip it into any pocket where you know it's safe. The drawback to this is that on the odd occassion you will find yourself looking for it, this can take a while due to it's small size. If you are looking for a truly portable memory stick then this may be for you.
The memory is a reasonable size, allowing a maximum of 4 gig of extra space to help keep important files and documents with you. The memory of 4gig does place restrictions on what you are able to put on the device, if you are looking for a portable way of transferring video (such as HD film or just normal film) I would suggest looking for a memory stick with a far larger memory.
As soon as this is plugged into your computer you have access to the files located on the USB and can transfer information between the PC and the USB. Transferring is done easily using the simple "drag and drop" technique to place files onto the memory stick. Alternatively you are able to save files/documents/pictures etc directly to the USB stick.
There will be no difficulty locating a good place to purchase this product. Mine was purchased new E-Bay but there are a host of other sites available. The best thing is to search around to ensure the best price, this would normally be the auction site but Amazon and other are worth checking to ensure the best price.
This is a very good sized memory stick for a very good price. My main concern is the lack of a cap or some kind of protection for the USB connection, I have had many in the past and all have had a cap to protect the vital connection parts but it seems to have been forgotten on this one. I would still recommend this though, as for the price and quality it can still only be considered a bargain.
SanDisk is a pretty well known and popular brand amongst the manufacturers of electrical goods/electronics. Personally, I feel that SanDisk is a reliable brand and the quality is very good for the price tag it comes with it. This particular product is no exception.
As a university student, one of my biggest worries is losing the work/assignments that I have spent hours on. Therefore, I have a backup for a backup as an extra safety measure. This is where this flash drive comes it.
The particular product I'm reviewing for has the 4 GB memory storage, which may not seem a lot considering the quality and the size of media files available these days. However, 4 GB does the job if it's only to backup my university assignments, most of which are documents and few pictures here and there. Also, another advantage especially for broke university students, like me, is that this product is relatively cheap compared to other brands. This 4 GB flash drive costs me around £5.00 and I bought it from amazon, and price-wise this is very good. However, the flash drive comes in a variety of sizes from 2 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB on top of the 4 GB size.
As for the design, I really like the look of it. It come in black colour with red lines and the word 'SanDish' written in red as well. In my opinion, I think the design and sleek and edgy. However, one complaint I have about this design is that it has no protective cover/cap. Since I tend to put it in my pencil case, there's always a chance the USB port might get damaged or broken.
Despite that disadvantage, the flash drive has been doing a good job for about 5 months now. The performance is very good and the speed is very quick, which is particularly useful if you're in a hurry to save precious files. It works with pretty much most of the systems including the Mac OS system 10.x.
Overall, my experience with this flash drive has been good and it has been keeping my important documents safe and sound. For what it's worth, I think it is useful to have one of these to back up important files.
Thank you for reading. :) x
For what looks like a tiny, flimsy, slither of a USB Stick, this certainly works far more effectively than I thought it would've done. I originally bought it off Amazon for a little over £4 - an absolute bargain. I'm always loosing USB sticks, and so it might surprise you as to why I got one of the smallest ones I could find. This however is precisely the reason why - it fits neatly in my wallet.
4GB of memory
Tiny: ............................................. Putting it up to the screen, it measured this far across, to give you some perspective of it, rather than simply figures. It's very very light, barely noticeable in the palm of your hand.
Fast - average speeds are around 10 MB/s; so a word document for example will take around 1 second to transfer - a 1GB movie a little longer, but unless you have the patience of a goldfish it's not an issue.
Works on Macs and PCs (Macs above OSX v.10.5 and PCs after Windows XP)
I bought this after seeing a friend using it, and he recommended I get one after I told him I needed a new USB. My one concern was that it was too flimsy and that there was no protecting part for the port. However, having purchased it, my fears have been dismissed - despite often carrying it around in pockets filled with crumbs and the like, it never seems to get dirt or dust in, nor has it taken any damage. It is surprisingly sturdy for something made simply out of plastic, so if you're like me and a bit clumsy, worry not; it'll cope.
It also comes in 8GB and 16GB models, but unless you're transferring a lot of videos, I don't really think this is necessary - why not just get a small HD? 4GB easily allows me to take around all the files I have on my computer, meaning that if I ever need something and haven't got my laptop with me, I can easily access it. It allows for plenty of photo storage as well.
Some USB sticks I have noticed tend to lose memory over time, because when you delete things, either they are corrupted or some temporary files remain. So far I've not had a problem with this, I've owned it for around 6 months, and it still retains all its original memory.
There is one additional feature which I've not touched on - that's online memory. According to Sandisk's website, you can back up 2GB on their website. I've tried this out, and it seemed to work, although it's hardly the most user friendly. There is also a secure 'vault' which you can store sensitive files, which I've tried to use, but is likewise, not hugely friendly. Nonetheless, I'm not all that fussed about these features anyway; they're a nice bonus which doesn't really add much.
For someone who wants something ultraportable and quite quick, this does the job. Can't knock it; it relatively 'does-what-it-says-on-the-tin', so I have few complaints.
I was originally given this as part of a promotion and was a little dubious at first. There is no cover to this unit so I was worried about the potential for damage, particularly if left loose in a handbag. However it's a tough and durable design and I've never had a problem with it becoming scratched or damaged. I keep mine in a side pocket in my bag when carrying it about, so that it does not get banged around too much.
It has a useful hole at the top which can be used to attach the drive to a key ring or cord making it easier to carry and find. The design is small and compact so it is easy to use even with a netbook, or when other USB ports are in use, which for me was invaluable.
The files transfer quickly and reliably both to and from the drive. This can be used to watch video files through a DVD player if the file format is compatible with the DVD player.
The main disadvantage to this unit is the storage size, which depending on your usage may be limiting. The 4GB is more than enough if you are using it for documents and presentations for work or study and even for photos, but video files will use up the storage capacity very quickly.
As a student, transporting your documents and work safely and securely is essential and becomes your life. Over the years (being a mixture of tight and skint) i have opted for the cheaper USB memory devices and got exactly what i deserved for it. Small memory, fragile as a diamond and a whole heap of frustration for myself.
SanDisk are a well-established global brand. Now my past experiences with branded products is this: you pay over the odds for something that performs well briefly, but begins to show its worth until eventually it is beyond repair and you have to throw it out. However, the blend of a big brand and cheap pricing raised many question marks and asked the question: does this company actually know what they are doing. So i bit the bullet and dived in.
The device is thin and small (about 2 cm long and 0.5 cm think) and so is very portable. My biggest fear with this though was big chance of losing or breaking it. But fortunately it comes with a handy hole which you can put a strap through and with me attach it to my keys as a key fob.
I have used this device for about 2 years or so now and it is still running as good as new. I have used it on most pc formats: 2000, xp, vista and windows 7 and has performed effortlessly. PC world gave me a new usb when i purchased a laptop for uni, that usb was APARENTLY worth £25. It broke within days, taking all my first 3 weeks uni work with it. So i went back to what i knew and returned to my faithful old SanDisk. It has since handled the academic work like nobodies business.
The fact it has no lid/cap to the device could offer a cause for concern, however, no such problems have occurred. The odd bit of tissue has found its way in whilst being in my pocket, but nothing a quick blow of air couldn't fix.
Sleek and sexy, this is not my wife I am talking about but of course the sandisk cruzer blade. The design is genius, I was shocked when I saw it was only 3 centimeters. The usb is secure and has a security software available for free with its purchase. The outer case is reasonably solid and can withstand a few minor drops.
My only concern is the unprotected cap less end. Water or other substances can critically damage your files. The fact that it is minuscule makes it harder to find if it is misplaced somewhere. The usb is ultra fast, in fact its the fastest usb I own. You can copy say for instance a 1gb movie in 2 mins onto another computer. I like the fact that it is windows 7 compatible which other usbs may not be. But all in all its a good value for money.
Thanks for reading this review, hope its been useful
Being a Computer Science student I always need to use a lot of memory sticks for all of my work and within my arsenal of flash drives I own this device. While essentially all flash drives are the same from a quick view, that is not always the case, and although this is a useful device it is not the best and has many flaws.
One of the things I always do with my flash drives is to use the 'speedboost' option that can appear when a flash drive is inserted, however the flash drive I own can not do this. While it is not essential it is sometimes handy during last minute work, revision or slow computer situations. This does not mean it is useless, but it does mean that I do switch to a better flash drive for those occasions.
This flash drive does teach a important lesson, well it did for me, and that was to never attach it to anything. As the little loop that the device has breaks VERY easily, one wrong twist or knock and it will snap, while it does not stop it working, it just creates an annoyance when trying to find it as it is no long attached to my key chain.
A final thing which is just a marginal point is which side is up, and how to put it into the computer, with most flash drives it is obvious, but with this it can be difficult. While it is not the end of the world that an extra 2 seconds has been taken to flip it the other way, it is just a frustration as I have (most of the time) been in a rush to do something.
While it seems all negative points about this device there is one thing clear and concise which can outweigh the downsides, and that is the price, it is very cheap. So for normal everyday users I would recommend, as for experienced or busy people, I would recommended a different and larger storage device.
When looking for a memory card I knew that as with all electronics, you buy cheap and you get cheap. Genreally in the electronics market there are no short cuts. If you buy a cheap or untested brand then I guarantee you that after not so long a time, it will either break or not be fit for purpose. My mum and dad have found this out to their great cost buying brands like luxor from QVC.
So I knew that Sandisk is a trusted brand, known for their quality and reliability and I also knew that generally they seem to specialise in memory cards in the past when I had had 1gb drive they had not been Sandisks and had worked very slowly uploading and taking in data. This memory card can be used to play content to a media player that plays from USB drives. This is a pick up and play drive which means you dont need to load up any external device or disk or application in order to play it.
This is an extremely small USB in terms of its physical size (4 GB is also not allot when you consider the size of ipods nowadays) 4GB capacity is enough for a entire small TV series, or a few movies. In terms of songs you can hold around 70 albums, or probably around 1000 songs.
The external packaging is rather good, stylish with its black and red combination and it measures only a few millimetres around the dimensions. 40mm long by 16mm wide and a mere 8mm thick.
Technically it performs very wel, it is very fast, files transfer to and fro within seconds, regardless of the media type, be it MP3, WMA or movies, there is no time lag or very little at least. Larger files will take a bit longer but generally this is not a great deal of time possibly only a few minutes. It works for most PC that have Microsoft Windows NT/ 95/ 98/ ME/ 2000/XP SP1/Vista or for Macs 10.x or later versions.
It is a little diconserting that there is no plastic cap for the USB portal at the end (I am so used to havingone of these), I thought that this might let in excess dirt or at least in the long run get bent or damaged but really this isnt a problem really and its nice not having a silly little cover to keep looking under my desk for. The other thing is that fob has a little key chain appendage at the other end so you attach it securely and not ave it lose in your pocket.
In terms of sizes this also comes in 2GB, 8GB and 16GB sizes. Generally the prices on amazon.co.uk for this 4GB version is £5.10 or 46p for a second hand one.
Generally I think that this is a good fob, it does the trick and it looks far more fashionable then the usual grey, balck or white fobs you find.
I recently bought a media player that plays from USB drives, but my current 1gb drive was very slow and media seemed to lag. I spotted this model on HUKD a while back and decided to treat myself.
First impressions were, WOW this is so small! you want believe how small it is, especially when you think you have a few films on it. bery impressive, plus it does look rather stylish with its black and red motif, sexy indeed.
Now the important part, the speed. I found the speed of transfer to be very fast, files transferred within seconds so i was delighted. plus when i played media from it, I experienced no lag whatsoever. This meant I could enjoy films and tv shows with ease. Going from computer to my media box within a minute.
The 4gb capacity is plenty enough for me as it can hold about a whole tv series or a few films or even 70 albums, which means that your entire music collection is easily pocketable and can be transported wherever is needed.
Sandisk is a trusted brand, know for their quality and reliability, the story here is no difference. If you are in need of a compact USB flash drive with decent read and write speeds then this is for you, plus its very cheap too.
I've been at it again, filling up flash/pen drives and needing to buy yet another to fit more of my data onto. So, once more, I went in search of a bargain to store my stuff on and what a bargain I came across.
I had performed the usual search online to check out the many different flash drives that are on the market and when I came across this one it caught my eye for two reasons. Firstly, it had a well know brand name etched on the side and secondly, it was on sale in a well known high street shop, being nearly half the price of the usual £8.99, so I was getting a 4GB hard drive from Sandisk for less than a fiver, which I was over the moon about.
So off I went to the shop with a fiver in my pocket and a skip in my step, (sort of), but when I was handed the flash drive I was a little surprised at how small it actually was. In fact I stood there for a moment wondering where the rest of it was, but there was no more, it was just this tiny little plastic red and black thing that was resting in between my fingers.
And there I was with yet another flash drive for my collection, only this one was a little different than the others I own.... And I mean little.
* Red and black plastic casing
* 4GB of space.
* 40mm long by 16mm wide and a mere 8mm thick.
* Plug and play
* Approx speeds are on average.... 10Mb/s write speed and 20MB/s read speed
** MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS...
Microsoft windows NT/ 95/ 98/ ME/ 2000/XP SP1 or later/ Vista
Plus, I believe it works on MAC OS 10.x or later
** MY OPINION...
This has got to be the smallest flash drive I actually own, and when I say small I really do mean small, in fact it could be seen as on the verge of fragile looking, but it is tougher than it looks, believe me.
It has a thin plastic red and black casing which looks and feels a little on the flimsy side, but it has taken some knocks in my pocket over the time I have had it and it still works perfectly well indeed.
It's so small it can happily fit in your pocket, in fact it could fit in a barbie dolls pocket without any hassles. It has a little slot on the end which you can use to attach it to a key ring or something and, due to it's size, you won't even know it's in your pocket.
This particular flash drive has is the 4GB version, although there is an 8GB and even a 16GB version as well, which I think you'll agree is a massive storage size for this miniature flash drive.
And for all those who want to know how much a 4GB drive can hold, well, it can hold around 800 average size songs, or 10,000 top quality images or around 1250 minutes of good video footage. Which, I think you will agree, is a hell of a lot.
There is no need for those irritating difficult to install drivers to get this one going as it is Plug and play, (what a great invention that is too), so once you've plugged it into the USB port of your PC, allowing the drivers to be found, you'll be up and away, ready to transfer all your data to you new flash drive.
Speaking of transferring, well I know I said that the average speed was 10MB/s for writing and 20MB for reading but I do have to admit that on some tests it did drop to a foot dragging 3 Mb/sec write and 8.5 Mb/sec read, but this was the slowest transfer rate. So don't be grunting if once in a while you have or wait a minute or two longer than normal.
Personally, I managed to transfer over nearly 2 and a half GB of information, including pictures, documents and even music in a matter of minutes, which is not bad at all really.
Anyway, regardless of the drop in speeds this is still a nifty little flash drive which is possibly easier to transport than the bigger ones, although if you've got a whole in the lining of your pocket then expect this to wangle its way down you trouser leg.
Well, for anyone that has ever used a Sandisk flash drive, which ever type it is, then you know how good the brand is, and this one is no different, only it is half the size of there normal modals.
In all, another cracking flash drive with a name you can trust, and, for me anyway, a cracking little bargain to boot. Although, even at the full price of around £9.00 for this 4GB version you're still getting a bargain indeed.
NOTE: (This is why I have given it a 4 out of 5 rating instead of a 5 out of 5 star)
There is one slight negative side to this little beauty and that is there is no cover to protect the USB connector, neither does it retract into itself, (as there'd be no room really). But, so long as you careful in not shoving bits of dust or soot into it then this capless unretractable flash drive is still a cracking little item.