One of my mates at university has this memory stick and it caught my eye because of its enclosed designed, as I have had the problems with memory sticks getting broken as the metal connector has got bent while carrying it around in my bag or pocket.
The product has a black plastic cover with a white slide buttons that pushes the connector in and out, keeping it all contained within one case, rather than having a separate lid. Its very light weight and compact, making it nice and convenient to carry around. It has a hook on the end of the case to allow you to attach it to a key ring, but bare in mind your keys may scratch the case.
The software on the memory stick runs fairly quickly, maybe not as quick as other but nothing that will really frustrate you.
The packaging was very good at protecting the memory stick, but can make the USB stick hard to remove without damaging it, just be warned open it when you have plenty of packaging to remove it without damaging it.
The design is this flash drives biggest advantage, by keeping the connector inside the main container it gives it extra protection from damage caused by carrying the USB stick around. Its light weight and has a nice slick black, modern design. However, by being black it has no distinguishing design features if you happen to misplace it.
As for other reviews saying it falls apart quickly I have found absolutely no evidence of this. The slider does being loser and easier to slide, but my mate has had his for over a year and has no problems with the quality of the product.
The price is pretty good for the amount of storage it provides, making it good value for money. Mine cost about £20, not sure where I got it from, but just have a look around as quite a lot of shops sells this particular USB stick now.
Overall, a very good memory stick I would definitely recommend as its design is good, just could have a little faster software.
This is a great option if you are looking for cheap storage, with great value for the GB's offered. The design is really nice, and it's really light, but the data transfer speeds are a bit slow compared to other devices on the market, and the quality of the materials and build seems to be poor as well.
First, the design is very nice. It looks modern, made out of plastic, with a switch to push or retract the USB connector, and a hook at the end to connect it to a set of keyrings. It is very small, and light, making it easy to carry around. However, this also means it is easy to lose, as it is also black, which means it blends in.
The packaging is easy to read, but also protects the product. However, it is very hard to remove from the packaging, which can be annoying. The hard plastic can also cut into your skin, and can be very hard to cut with scissors.
Next, the build quality is very poor. This is evident with a USB connector which is very flimsy. After months of use, with the constant plugging and unplugging, it certainly feels like this could become loose and fall off. Also, the plastic doesn't fit together very well, with a loose fit. Again, after a few drops, it could fall apart. In fact, it can be pulled apart by fingers alone, just by pulling.
Another big annoyance is the fact that it is wider than most drives, so therefore if the USB ports are close together, you can't use 2 things at the same time!
The speeds are average compared to other drives, which is evident if you move large files or folders, such as video or pictures. This can become very slow over time, so opt for a more premium flash drive if this is the case.
On the other hand, the price is very good, and for the generous amount of storage, it's certainly good value for money. A lot cheaper than similar products, it's a good option if you want a basic drive.
Overall, a great product that is great value for money making the perfect option for students as it is also lightweight and small. However, the speeds are slow and the build quality is poor.
Although this isn't the experience many others seem to have had, I am very pleased with the product and I am glad I bought it. I paid £17 for it on offer at Amazon, which considering it is a 16GB memory stick, you can't expect miracles. 16GB is probably the biggest flash drive you will find without moving up to the 'mini portable hard drive range', but it is no bigger than your ordinary classic 1GB memory stick, if not smaller. It is also very very light. Firstly I will admit, when I bought it Cruzer was a brand I was not aware of, I was pleased to find out it was simply a name used by the well known Sandisk brand, so it's better value than it seems.
Something very nifty about this that I love is that there is no small or removable parts. Instead of a lid, you press and slide a button in the centre and the USB connector hides away in the drive. You then just push and slide it back out when you want to use it. Sometimes on some ports the connector pushes back into the drive when you try and connect it which can be a little annoying. To fix though is easy enough as you just hold your finger over the button so it doesn't retract back in. The central slider also acts as the information light which flashes a very noticable orange when it is loading or transferring files.
As others have remarked this is a slow flash drive. If you are considering filling it up with files then you will need to put aside plenty of time to allow them all to transfer over. To give you an idea, I copied over 5GB of movie footage, and this took around 15 minutes altogether. So it really isn't fast. But, let's remember how much this cost. If you really are in such a need of a faster one then you would have paid much more than this, so for what you are paying for it's really not bad at all.
If you have a business to run, then this probably isn't for you. If you have a lot of files you want to keep safely backed up or take elsewhere without having to negotiate which files to keep and delete so there is space, then this is definitely what you are after.
I am not usually picky when it comes to brand names (except for perfumes, but that's my perogative!) so when I recently started looking for a new flash drive I wasn't too bothered about who it was by, as I've had cheap and cheerful drives in the past that have done their job well with no problems.
That, however, was for small drives (1GB), and when I decided to up the amount of storage I wanted on a flash drive, I thought I should buy a name I at least recognised, and so I bought the Sandisk Cruzer Micro Flash Drive, which has 16GB of storage space. For me that was more than enough space as I primarily use my flash drives for storing and moving photos and documents around between computers.
I know I'm used to using quick 1GB sticks, but the speed at which the information is copied onto the drive is very slow. Very slow. As in, I can potter around the house whilst a few gigs are transferring over, do a bit of housework and STILL be waiting for it to finish copying over when I get back in the room. Although my house is cleaner for this, I'd rather transfer was quicker as I'm not used to it taking so long!
In terms of looks, this is quite a stylish little flash drive, but that doesn't make up for it's lack of speed. It's also fairly rugged, it doesn't feel like it'd break if I dropped it. I'm not massively technical when it comes to PCs, but I know enough to know that there are better flash drives out there for a similar price or very little more, ones that aren't so slow. If you don't mind very slow data transfers, this could be adequate for you, but for me it's a bit annoying having to wait...and wait, although it does eventually do the job.
There are definately plenty of USB flash drives or pens around out there today and it seems like an almost endless choice to choose one that suits you. I myself have owned a few over the years, some of which are good and some are not so good. Sometimes it's hard to find a reliable manufacturer and also rely on not getting a cheap fake from Ebay or even Amazon at times. One thing is for certain though and that's everyone should have a USB drive of some kind as if you own a laptop or PC then it's invaluable. Imagine if you come in one day and try to turn on the computer and it dies on you and you lose all your work? It's happened to me a few times which is why I keep a back up of work on a drive in case.
I came across this Sandisk flash drive that has 16GB of memory around Christmas and it did appeal to me to be honest. It seemed a little pricey but then it was more than enough space for me and I knew I would use it and get good value out of it. Plus, Sandisk is a well known brand and one that I've always associated with quality over the years. In regards to it's appearance it is small and compact which is what I wanted and is rectangular in shape and black. One of things I liked about this was that it doesn't have a lid to it like others I own as you always tend to lose that and can't find it. Instead with this one you just slide a switch to release the metal part of it which then slots into your USB drive on your computer.
Thankfully it is incredibly easy to use. You insert into your port on your computer and it will open it up on there. You can then easily add or remove files as you wish. I've been using this one this year now since I bought it and it is very sturdy and durable and is also reliable which is perfect. As long as you are careful with it and take it out in the right way then nothing will be corrupted on there and you will have all your files backed up.
In regards to what I paid for mine, I managed to get one for around £20 in the end on Amazon so really did well there for what I get out of it and I haven't got anywhere near filling it up. You will need Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS 10 or Linux to use this drive.
If you're looking for a reliable product then look no further than this one from a brand you can trust.
Between home and work I have quite a few computers that I use on a regular basis so having portable data storage is very handy. I bought this USB flash drive quite recently after having problems with a Kingston version.
The key has been designed well and has taken a lot of abuse stuck in the bottom of my handbag and still has kept working without any loss of data.
It's a plug and play device so it is installed automatically when plugged into a computer and this one worked fine, unlike my previous device. It was easy and fast to copy files. All you have to do is click and drag.
I would just just like to remind everybody that it is important to click 'safely remove hardware' before removing it from the computer as this can cause errors to occur.
This is an extremely handy little flash drive that is easy to use and install. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get a backup solution that is cheap and reliable.
I bought myself this SanDisk Cruzer just before I bought my laptop, I was abroad on holiday for a few months and I wanted a way to get copies of pictures and little home movies that we had done, I wanted a place I could store these until I could get back home and purchase a new computer or just put it on my back up hard drives that I have.
Someone advised to me to get a flash drive and my only problem with that was I had only really seen small flash drives like 1 Gigabyte or 2, but when I saw this big memory storage on such a small device and doesn't require a motor, well that impressed me, I left my holiday with lots of memories and all on this one tiny little device.
The specs for the Flash drive (otherwise known as a pen) are
It's password protectable
Smart U3 capable
Retractable connectors (to protect the contacts)
Windows Ready Boost capable
LED access indicator
Access control function.
Some people that look at that just see a bunch of words not actually meaning anything, wel, lets put it in an easier way.
this flash drive is 16 Gigabytes and because it is so big it needs a way to be ejected (previous flash drive pens which are 2 gigabytes or less can be pulled straight out with no problems of data loss, but as they get bigger they require an eject programme) that's where the smart U3 is added so it can shut down all that is open internally and allow for a safe ejection, when it is connected it's a simple drag and drop system, that's it.
When these flash drives start being released with more memory the pen is formatted with 2 parts, the first being for the U3 system (which is 6.6mb), the second is the main storage area (which is just under 16 Gigabyte).
The size of this little device is
Depth 7.9 mm
Height 57.2 mm
Because of the storing capacity of this little device you can store a number of pictures music and movies, with movie files tending to be 700mb each you can get a lot more on here than previous versions, there is a lot of space for many films.
The main function I like of a pen drive is the convenience of transferring information between computers, you haven't got to worry about those big bulky hard drives, or even the smaller hard drives that are only usb powered, but it really helps if you have to use a Mac, the reason I say this is when you format an external hard drive on windows it's not recognized (most of the time) on a Mac, but with the flash pens it seems to be ok.
It's light and easy to carry, slips right in your pocket (however small it is).
Over time you may start to realize that even though you have deleted and emptied your pen it's starting to lose the storage size capacity, just remember that when you delete stuff from your Flash drive it doesn't completely remove it, there is still a little that remains behind after you delete them that over time you will start to realize this. It's a simple remedy. When you have emptied the pen format it and that should completely clean it (just remember that if you have stuff on the pen when you format it, it will be deleted)
As I have a variety of equipment that can accept USB storage (such as flash drives and HDDs) I decided to replace my 1GB drive with a higher capacity one.
I had a look on Amazon, predominantly, and read the reviews of various memory sticks - from big name brands to lesser known ones. My choice came down to Sandisk Cruzer and a few no name brands.
As I had previously had good experience with the Sandisk Cruzer range I decided to stick with it.
What A Mistake!! Going back to Amazon, I can see other people had problems too.
The first problem I had was the speed. I knew it wasn't particularly fast in the first place but this was sloooooooooooooooooow! My old 1GB drive (also a Sandisk Cruzer) was much faster.
Fair enough though, speed isn't everything. As long as it's reliable, I thought. Well, no it was not as the partition table kept becoming corrupt. Fortunately I wasn't storing any critical data.
I decided to leave it for a while then when I got a new laptop with Vista I decided to test it out. Firstly there were problems formatting it. I'm not sure if this was Vista or the stick. (I did run a sector check and no bad ones were found, allegedly.) I finally got it formatted using a third party utility and tried setting it up for ReadyBoost.
NotReadyBoost is more like it!
Most of the time it was not detected as ReadyBoost compatible. Again, I stopped using it until I upgraded to Windows 7. Well, at least it formatted on the second attempt. I have not tried using it for ReadyBoost though and probably won't bother. I just write some files to it that I need to transfer. This runs through at an OK speed, or so it seems until it gets to '5 seconds remaining'. This takes far longer than 5 seconds. No such problem on my old 1gb memory stick.
I'll stick with it for storage and just go make a cup of tea while the copying is finish off. But I won't be buying Sandisk again. I could have returned it under warranty but that would have meant paying postage (tracked, they specify so) and packaging (to the Czech Republic) which they stated they wouldn't refund.
I can't recommend this. There will always be some bad one and I admit there are a lot of positive reviews for this memory stick but there are also a lot of negative reviews and experiences on Amazon and various forums. Spend a few pounds extra and try another brand.
As a student, i'm always needing something to back up files and images onto for when im going to and from college, so this usb was perfect. It's small, easy to use and has a fast transfer speed. Although it says 16GB there's only actually about 14GB in space (Software etc used for the USB takes up a lot of this space) which you will find that most USB's will have, which is a shame considering none of the USB's i've seen have stated this, however despite that, it's still a great and very handy thing to have. I have 2 altogether, one which holds all my photographs that i own and another to hold documents. It's a cheap alternative to getting a portable harddrive and has enough space to backup any important photograph or files you have or simply to take around with you on your travels. I would very much recommend this item to anyone wanting to purchase a USB.
SanDisk Cruzer micro 16GB is my latest acquisition which has given me immense pleasure. Well I have other brands also although with lesser space but what makes SanDisk Cruzer micro 16 GB so unique? Besides being a hi-speed USB flash drive its actual usable space is 15.9 GB and the following features (others have some but not all together) make it really worth buying.
*It's password protectable
*Smart U3 capable
*Retractable connectors (to protect the contacts)
*Windows ReadyBoost capable
*LED access indicator
*Access control function.
Besides it includes certain softwares which are very useful and necessary like:
*The Cruzer Since
Not to mention the trial version of McAfee Anti-virus. It's like most USB flash drives are remarkably OS compatible except for Mac Os X 10.1.2 and later where as Transcend Jetflash V10 16 is Mac X 9.0 compatible but that hardly takes out its uniqueness. I think a comparison in size with Transcend Jetflash V10 16 GB will suffice to prove how small it is.
Width: 20.6mm to 64 mm for Transcend
Depth 7.9 mm to 21 mm for Transcend
Height 57.2 mm to 10 mm for Transcend
The read/write speed rating is excellent at 10Mbps/3MBps which gives itself extra mileage as compared to other USB flash drives beause only Transcend Jetflash V10 16 GB has similar or equal read/write rating which is priced at GBP 36.63 (best buy) where as SanDisk Cruzer micro 16GB is less than GBP 18.5.
Since it has massive storage capacity it is a perfect device for storing games, avi, wmv and of course mp3 formats. No point going into gimmickry of numbers since how many is depended upon how much space the file occupies. But all said and written I must say that USB flash drives has inherent risk components to be appreciated.
There are certain components which are infectious and give us a sense of security without being aware of possible and hidden risks involved. USB flash drives, fondly called pendrive, is one such device which is immensely useful and has become a part of ever day life to most users of PC. But it should be kept in mind perfection implies imperfection and a USB is no exception. How many times have you thought before pulling out a pendrive that you're susceptible to the immense risk of losing important data? This becomes more relevant while traveling long distances being satisfied all the data and information is intact in your pendrive only to realize later that the whole stuff has gone blank or most of the data in the small portable device is corrupted? Have you ever given a thought that you are carrying very dangerous programs with you? This becomes even more fatal since you're not only unaware that you are carrying malicious softwares like the spyware which surreptitiously copy all personal information including pass words and silently sending them to the person who plants it into our mail, the moment you connect to the web may be from a secure place. There has been immense development in the spyware industry which are even not detected by the advanced of anti-spyware tools.
The most known cause of data loss from USB drives or for that matter any device with CF memory is its removal while the program is still being used. Pendrives are more dangerous in this respect since you can always pull them out even when the program is running. This is so because you can not simply un-install a programme while it is being used. So the wise man says:
Remember Point 1:
Never ever pull out a pendrive without going through the whole process of "You can safely remove the hardware".
Remember Point 2:
Never be in a hurry with a USB flash drive double check that your files have been properly saved up there.
It must be noted that USB drives are not substitutes of hard drives. Agreed that Flash drives are useful but they are not exactly meant for SMEs because generally speaking flash drives support only a certain number of read write cycles before it becomes non-functional as the memory dies out. You can expect your data to be there, may be for a period of 3-4 years in a USB drive that is used on regular basis. I have tried to use USB flash drive memory sticks to a greater extent by compressing my files even more in zips and rars very effectively only to realize at a very crucial point that I did not know accidental deletion of a single zip archival file leads to the whole stuff being deleted in lightening speed. The old adage remembered "better late than never", learnt it late but learnt it.
Remember Point 3.
Use zip files in your pendrive but with utmost care.
Like all digital devices, pendrive are also prone to virus issues. Unfortunately most USB drive users are not in the habit of using measures like using write protection or encryption systems or far that matter simply scanning the device before plugging it into the system. Very good interface for virus developers. Even there are instances where you buy a new USB and find out it's stuffed with virus programs.
Remember Point 4
At least scan the device with good anti-virus software before making it available to the system. (Stop auto-play by pressing the two shift keys for 5 seconds).
Remember Point 5.
Regardless of the reputation f the brand make it a point to format the new device at least the first time.
Always keep in mind over writing can erase data in all media.
Remember Point 6.
Avoid over-writing as much as possible.
One of the severe and graver problems with the flash memory is its fragmentation the reason being its property-"tiny size". Again the size of a USB flash drive being its biggest advantage, the funniest part is, the size is sometimes the most disadvantageous also. To my mind after mobile phones the USB drives are most easily forgotten or prone to theft. There are millions who rued not being mindful after plugging it into a clients PC.
Please be aware of the false sense of security that is attached to the plastic cover of the USB flash drives. They are prone to data loss or become non-functional due to heat, humidity, impact (even minor ones) and pressure.
Remember Point 7.
Keep your pendrives at a cool and dry place.
I personally do not think it's a big plus but all the same it has U3 capability. There might be users to whom it will be big plus.
Hope enjoyed reading the review. Thanks
© roktimdutta, December 2009
Does exactly what it says on the tin. It is completely plug and play, no set up needed at all. 16 GB is a huge amount of storage, and the memory stick is actually quite small. It has a sliding case which is extremely strong and feels well built. This protects the usb head and your data. I upgraded my 8 gig version of the same memory stick, as it has worked really well.
It has a slot for a necklace attachment, and as its 1 piece, you don't have to worry about losing the cap. This USB stick is also very fairly priced considering its size. I own the 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB versions and all have been perfectly reliable and great value.
If you shop around (play.com for example) has different coloured versions too, so your not stuck with boring black memory sticks. I use mine for school, so it also helps distinguish between other peoples, as this is a popular memory stick.
I would recommend this memory stick for anyone needing one, and suggest this as an alternative to a USB hard drive, as it is more reliable, cheaper, and a lot smaller. Also, Sandisk is a leading brand name, and offers lifetime guarantees on its memory sticks.
I am a great lover of flash drives as they are so handy and are a lot more portable than cd's, and more convenient than sending large bulky files b email. I have had several if these flash drives since they were introduced, and can honestly say the Sandisk Cruzer is the most robust drive I have ever owned.
The USB port on the flash drive retracts into the shell of the actual drive making it less prone to damage, keeping your valuable files and folders safe. The drive is stylishly modeled, and features a blue led underneath the white plastic to indicate when the drive is in use, or when files are being transferred.
The 16gb of data storage is more than enough for an average user and can store hours of music/video/data, with its capacity determined by how big your files are and how many you have :-)
The flash drive is designed to be completely portable, and it has an integrated keyring slot so you can attach it to your keys, or to a lanyard to keep safe. The keyring is very sturdy and it would take a lot of force to break it, which is one of the main reasons I view it as the best flash drive I have ever owned.
The drive has been battered and bashed and still continues to function like new.
As anyone who has ever browsed through any of my previous review will know that I tend to like using flash drives, aka pen drives, as I find them a lot quicker to transfer data from PC to PC, as long as you do the usual virus check before hand.
Anyway, I am the proud owner of several of these little technical miracles from many different manufacturers, such as Kingston, Bytestor and Integral. But I have to admit that one of my most favourite Flash drives has to be from the boffins who work for SanDisk, as I have many of these branded products with various memory storage sizes, from a mere 1GB to a rather eye watering 32GB... and it is the SanDisk Cruzer micro 16GB which I am talking about today
** First the technical bits...
* Operating system required... Microsoft Windows XP/2000 (SP4), Vista and Mac X10.1.2 or later.
* Windows ready
* 16GB storage size
* U3 software included. (see below)
* Approximate size is 20mm wide, 57mm long and 8mm thickness
* Approximate weight is 60 grams
* Read speed 25MB's p/s (approx)
* Write speed 15MB's p/s, (approx)
* Plug and play system
** What will 16GB hold ..?
It is like asking what came first, the chicken or the egg..??
This is entirely up to the individual person and what they wish to store, but for arguments sake lets say 16GB will hold around over 4000 average sized songs or way over 16 thousand good quality picture, or even hold maybe fifty good quality movies. But it all depends on the size/quality of images, music, videos and more.
As for holding data, again, this is dependant on the size of the data, but 16GB is really a hell of a lot of space just for data, picture and movies.
** IN CONCLUSION...
This flash drive is a good size, being about the same size as a cigarette lighter, so it easily fits into your pocket without the worry of damaging either the unit or the lining of your trousers.
It has a small key-ring loop attached to the back end which is supposed to be used to attach to a key-ring or one of those ribbon things that go around your neck, but personally I think the ring is a little to delicate and I would be a little paranoid about it breaking.
The actual USB connector is protected not by a cap, which can easily be lost, but by the connector being able to be retracted into the unit itself, genius or what. This really does save losing the cap and leaving it unprotected, plus, it makes the unit slightly smaller for easier transportation.
When it arrived I was slightly amazed, if a little unimpressed, as to the actual size of the packaging it came in, the cardboard it was attached to being about a hundred times bigger than the flash drive itself. I can not understand why so much packaging is needed for small items. Plus, there's the usual battle with the finger slicing, factory toughened plastic which seems to be welded to the cardboard. But, after a while, I managed to rescue the flash drive from its plastic prison without the need for too many plasters.
Anyway, as I have owned other Sandisk of various storage sizes I wasn't surprised to find that there was no cap for protecting the USB metal connector as I knew that it slid into the unit itself.
You may think that the connector will push back into the flash drive when you are trying to push it into your PC but you'd be wrong, the sliding mechanism is strong enough to hold it's own so this doesn't happen.
I did find that the sliding was a little stiff at first but it soon loosened slightly without collapsing completely, giving a smooth action.
As with other Sandisk I have I was well impressed with this 16GB version, it is a cracking size and the read/write speed is excellent, allowing data transfer without the wait. And, as it is plug and play, you are able to transfer the flash drive from PC to PC without the need for any external drives, which helps out a heck of a lot indeed.
Transferring data is as simple as breathing, it is a matter of using either copy/cut and paste, drag and drop or send to... how simple is that then?
** WHAT IS U3..?
U3 is software which is loaded onto the flashdrive allowing automatic launching of certain applications. These specific flash drives are known as 'U3 smart drives' and once connected to a PC will show there own type of what they like to call a 'Launchpad', (which does actually resembles a windows start menu in a way), and this is where you can control the Flashdrives installed programs from.
Using U3 you can now take all your PC's personality with you wherever you go.
U3 will only work with Microsoft windows at present and even then still has a tough time with vista.
* Personally I tried to bond with U3 but I found it a little irritating and a little too much hassle so I simply uninstalled it from the flash drive, creating a little extra space.
But some people may gel with U3 and find it to be a very useful tool indeed.
If you are interested in buying a flash drive with a vast storage capability and built in U3 technology then this one is for you.
This one can be bought so cheaply, prices varying but for a 16GB unit from amazon will set you back just under a £18.00, although I always advise shopping around for the best deal.
And for this price you can store a vast amount of information in formats such as WAV, MP3, MP4 and AVI, easily transferring from PC to PC...
In all, a great little flash drive which will hold all your data without any hassle.
Having received this as a gift last Christmas, I've always been sceptical about carrying my personal documentation around with me, but the U3 software that comes with this allayed all of my fears. For anyone who hasn't researched, its software inbuilt by SanDisk and helps take care of your documents security by encrypting it with a password to avoid access being gained by anyone who isn't authorised to use it. How it works is by it being partitioned with the main partition loading first and gaining you access. If you need a password you can set that up in the security feature like I did.
What's even better though is the way that it manages itself. Like the windows start menu, the SanDisk drive also has this and allows you to gain access to your documents through this. There are also mini programmes that you can download such as pocket Mozilla and Skype which are then loaded onto the SanDisk reader. This is particularly useful because you can effectively carry your own internet browser around with you for example and run it off any computer meaning its set up as you want it with you favourites and history all running off of it. For example I use it at home, go into work and load it up and use it there, and all of my history, favourites and settings are exactly the way that I want them. An example such as Skype is that, if your work PC such as mine doesn't have it preinstalled, as you're taking it with you, not only are you avoiding the hassle of installing it and ruining the computer settings of another computer or leaving personal usernames on there, you don't with this device as it's all preset and run solely off of the USB drive.
Other helpful features are the light on the side which shows when you're sending data back and fore to it. it flashes intermittently when data is being transferred so you know when or not its copying information. The U3 software also makes it idiot-proof to accidentally remove it by allowing you to dismount the drive from its menu before disconnecting. Handy for example if you don't know how to do it on another computer. You can also play games on it which come preinstalled and the menu also shows what capacity you have left.
Personally, I love the menu option as it simplifies things but even if you are an advanced user and/or don't wish to have this software, there's the option to turn it off and run it like a normal drive.
Other basic advantages are that it's slim and sleek in appearance. The only downside so far is that the key ring bit that you use to connect it to your key ring isn't the strongest you'll find and mine broke fairly easy just from having it attached to my keys in my pocket. This is easily counteracted by going to your local key cutting shop and buying something more durable for a minimal price, or improvising at home. It's very small so ideally it can even fit into your wallet or purse with it being barely noticed. Finally 16GB is a phenomenal size. It's more than what most people require and i find that, as I only use it for word processing documents and a few excel and PowerPoint presentations, the extra space allows me the freedom to make use of the U3 software fully.
In a nutshell, it's durable, easy to use, flexible with software and an overall joy to use. Faultless and reliable too.
The first thing I noticed about this USB drive is the excellent value for money - 16GB of storage for a very low price. I bought mine for around £18. This gives you more than enough room to move around large video files without the limitations of smaller drives.
This drive comes partitioned, with a small portion set aside for the pre-installed U3 software that allows you to install programs on your drive. It's worth noting that the remaining portion of the drive is formatted as FAT32, which restricts individual file sizes to 4GB. If you need to store files larger than this you will need to reformat this portion of the drive to use the NTFS file system, but help for this is easily available from the Sandisk website.
A small but useful feature is the retractable USB connector - like many others I have lost more than one cap from USB drives and found the ability to just click this connector back into place extremely useful. The only down side there is that the retractor slider falls just into the place where you naturally grip the drive, so it can be a little difficult to insert the drive without accidentally retracting it.
All in all this is an excellent buy, though, and I would definitely recommend it.