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SANDISK® CRUZER EDGE USB FLASH DRIVE, 4GB
USB flash drives are now readily available in various forms, sizes and shape and there are now lots of manufacturers out there so the products are getting more affordable to all.
~Appearance and Design~
The SanDisk Cruzer Edge USB flash drive is sold packed in cardboard backed red package with clear plastic portion on the front which holds the product and also makes it possible to see the product enclosed. The brand name, the logo, the memory capacity and the good things about this flash drive are clearly printed on the front and the other manufacturer and compatibility information is at the back. The packaging is simple, light and just ideal for the product. It is also very secure and you need to cut one of the edges in order to release the flash drive.
The flash drives come in various colour combinations of black with another colour either red purple or blue. This flash drive is mainly black with red retractable extension on the top side. The extension houses the contact points in a groove underlain with a green colour. The name, capacity and all the other manufacturer information are printed in grey on the underside of the USB and the logo is printed on the upper part flash drive. The USB is compact and made of toughened plastic.
When retracted, it is approximately 45 x 18 mm and weighs approximately 2.5g. Practical comparison of its size: is almost same length as the standard AAA battery.
The key feature for this USB flash drive is the compact slider design which is meant to protect the USB connections when not in use. Because of the retractable design, the USB comes without a cap. This means no more searching for lost caps but is this really good?
The retractable extension can slide in and out of the main frame by gently pushing and pulling the edge of the red extension. The connections are housed within the extension. At the rear end of the flash drive is a hole big enough to accommodate a key ring. The flash drive can therefore be attached to your office/home keys making it easier to find in hand bags/laptop bags etc. This does not cause any embarrassment because of its size and elegant design which also make it ideal for travel.
~Availability and Price~
SanDisk Cruzer Edge flash drives are available from most online stores and come with various capacities from 2GB to 32 GB. I settled for the 4GB one and I bought it from Staples for £4.99 which seems quite reasonable considering that the price on the market ranges from £4.99 - £10.00. The storage capacity determines how much you can store on the flash drive and also determines the price. Usually, the higher the capacity, the higher the price. Choosing what capacity to buy really depends on the intended use and for me 4 GB is more than enough.
~Ease of Use~
When the flash drive is plugged onto the computer for the first time, the computer acknowledges that a new drive is connected and USB operational drives are uploaded onto the computer. A little screen pops up on the bottom right hand corner of the computer telling you that the computer and the USB are communicating with each other.
The auto play function enables the flash drive to automatically open up once plugged onto the computer so you don't have to search for it. Just in case the flash drive does not automatically open, you can search for it in "My Computer" and it will be there listed under removable storage devises.
The flash drive is fairly simple to use. Simply plug into any USB port save files onto the drive or simply drag and drop your folders and files from another source.
The retractable extension comes in standard USB size that can fit in most universal USB 2.0 ports.
The flash drive is small, compact and strong. It is an easy and convenient portable way to store and transfer data. It is ok for storing and moving data between computers. I only use it for this purpose and occasionally to store photos but not for music/videos which would need much more space.
The Cruzer Edge flash drive comes already preloaded with the software which enables it to work as soon as you plug it in the computer. You do not need to download any software or extra information.
The flash drive comes with preloaded password protection Secure Access software which is optional to use. This when activated allows you to make sure that your files are secure. It also has an optional secure online backup offered (Cloud storage) and this offers the additional protection of secure online backup for up to 2 GB.
The flash drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well as Apple Mac OS X v10.5.
The manufacturer also provides 5-year limited warranty.
For more information visit www.sandisk.com
~My words of wisdom~
Care should be taken when using the flash drive to avoid the following from happening:
--The retractable extension is made of hardened plastic so may break or chip off if not handled carefully.
--This flash drive comes without a lid reduce dust and dirt entering and accumulating inside the retractable groove as this may affect the contact points and the efficiency of its operation.
The Cruzer Edge flash drive does what is expected from a normal USB flash drive, it is removable (can be detached from the computer), re-writable and is great for storing personal and professional data.
It also comes in good size, good memory and is ideal for personal use and is elegant as well. For ladies, it can fit in your purse too!
I have used mine for almost a year now with no problems.
Yes I would recommend it as it does the job.
Thank you for reading and rating
© hilda11; August 2012