There's little in the way of deciding features for buying a USB flash drive, but as with many things, the greatness lies in the details, and detail is precisely where this tiny device provails. The build quality of the device is much better than others that you might come across, as opposed to a cheap plastic case which easily breaks, this one is a solid piece of metal which makes it very sturdy. The metal body is then coated by a removable rubber sleave with a lid. To be honest I can't really see the point in the sleave as it easily comes loose and the lid rarely stays on. I lost the rubber sleave months ago and the stick is still working fine (so its hardly necessary for protection).
It also comes with a name and address label printed on the underside. If you're as forgetful as me then this is rather helpful, I've left plugged into computers at my college and it has always found its way back to me. Also in the way of "anti-loss" features it can be attached to a key ring or lanyard and the end lights up in orange when its plugged in.
As for the speed, although I'm not sure of the exact specifications, and I'd be far from the expert even if I was, I have no complaints. My computer, and all other computers that I've used it with detect it almost imediately and file transfers never take too long (although that mostly depends on the speed of the computer that use it with).
In summary this is a great little device, for about the same price as similar products you get a much better build quality is unlikely to break on you (even with out the rubber case).
You are now really spoilt for choice for USB sticks as they are so common. My previous one didn't have enough room for all that I wanted (Was 1GB) so I saw this one at my local Morrison's store for a paltry £4. At a pound a GB this represented amazing value. Some might worry that because it's so cheap it might not be high quality but let me assure you that this is not the case. It's made by Sandisk which is a reputable brand that have been around for ages. This memory stick was so cheap because it doesn't have any gimmicks.
A big advantage of this stick is its size. I haven't found any smaller. This is important because in some computers the USB ports are so close together it is hard to fit 2 memory sticks next to each other. This is not the case here as it takes up no extra room.
It also looks smart and professional. It has a grippy rubber case and below that is a brushed metal case. This is sturdy and looks great. Plastic cases could easily break but this is solid and doesn't scratch. On the back of the stick is a sticker to write your details on. I found this feature invaluable as I am always leaving it in whatever computer I am using but with my tel. no. on it I have more chance of getting it back.
It doesn't have any additional software etc. Some USB sticks have software with a password on to access the content (which is good if you have sensitive stuff on it). I don't need this however as I only have college work so I just want to plug it in and start. This USB stick is just that - plug and play with absolutely nothing to install.
The memory is accessed quickly. I've not had enough memory sticks to really compare this feature and I guess it depends on the computer as well but I wouldn't say this one is slow in any way. It does the job just fine.
One disadvantage of this memory stick is the rubber cover. It gets a bit grubby and can easily slip off. The rubber lid is also not very secure. This could allow for the ingress of dirt. I lost my rubber cover ages ago. This has not caused a problem for me though as I didn't need it and it's been in my filthy school bag for years with football boots, crisps, etc and still works fine.
All in all this is a very solid performer. If it has enough memory for you and you don't need password protection then it's perfect. I'd recommend it highly.
The San Disk Micro Skin is a great priced USB stick and actually my favourite to date mostly for the the capacity, small form factor and the cheap price. I own 4 of them 3 the 8GB version and 1 of the 4GB version. as I you can see I think the 8GB version is much better value for money. The flash drive casing is one solid piece of metal unlike some cheap one which have a plastic casing around the chip and ends up breaking through time. This has a clear rubber skin around it and a matching clear rubber cap for the usb connection. This is great but I have lost the skins before as they have a tendancey to fall off (Saying this they still look good when no in the case). The drive is really small, its length is equivelent to 2x 2p coins and hieght is only 4mm with the skin off. At the back of the drive is a orange LED which flashes while plugged in to the computer. Annoyingly it does this all the time rather than when readinf or writing. Transfer is fast and supports ready boost this good especially when you consider its price. On the whole this is a great product.
I remember years ago when this kind of technology first came out and remember buying what seemed like an excessively big 128mb memory stick for the princely sum of £14; 1gb sticks were available but cost upwards of £40. It was always engrained in my mind that if you wanted a decent amount of storage you'd have to fork out mega-bucks, so imagine my surprise when I spotted this little beauty for £14! I assumed that there must be some sort of catch, but as of yet, after a year of heavy usage, I am yet to find it.
The construction is remarkably solid as this device is made out of metal. Over the metal is a plastic/rubber sheath to give you some grip, but also to further protect whatever you have stored on the device. As well as being stylish, this thing is also sleek and slender at just a few inches long. One final note on construction is that when plugged in to a usb port, the end of the device pulsates a reassuring glow of orange to let you know things are working.
On top of good looks and good build quality you get 4gb of storage space; enough to store the same amount of data as a dvd roughly. Transfer speeds are fast, and if you want to you can use this device with speedboost to speed up your computer. My only qualm is that unlike some other devices, cheaper ones included, there is no option to 'lock' the device and prevent data deletion.
Big might be beautiful, but tiny can be tremendous! We have been on a Norwegian cruise and have taken lots of photographs which I wanted to show my friend. I have to admit having a digital camera is useful but not having hard copies of photos sometimes is a disadvantage. I was wondering about copying onto a CD but my husband suggested I used one of his memory sticks.
The 4GB Cruzer Micro Skin is an incredibly small USB Flash Drive that allows you to easily store documents, pictures, music, and video clips and transfer them to another computer.
* 4GB Data Storage Capacity
* Store over 3000 photos,
* up to 1000 MP3s or 3 movies
* Dimensions: - 7.9mm high x18.95mm wide x52.2mm in length
The skin is clear plastic and you can see the metal through it, the cover on the end pulls off revealing the metal part which fits into the high power USB hub port on your computer. It seems such a simple idea I wonder why they are still not more popular. I much prefer this method of copying files than using a CD, although they are more expensive. I did wonder if I could get all the photos on one stick, so was amazed when I discovered it would store over 3000 photos! I didn't quite take that many you'll be pleased to hear, or I would have had a very bored friend!
It comes packed in a bubble encased in white and red card board. I tried to peel off the card to get into it, but eventually had to get some sharp pointed scissors and cut the card to get in. No way is someone going to take it out of the packaging in a shop and pop it in there pocket, it is really safely locked in.
It says on the packet that it works with Windows Vista and also Windows 2000, XP, Macintosh OS and Linux. There is a 2 year warranty and it is made in China.
I had tried up loading my photos onto Photobucket but it was taking such a long time that I realised I was only going to get a few transferred before leaving to meet my friend for lunch. I clicked on several photos and transferred them onto the stick within minutes, in all I transferred about 200 and it was done very quickly.
PC World sells them for £8.99 and Tesco at £12.98 so do shop around.
Full marks for a great idea but something needs to be done with the packaging! I imagine if a student bought one and wanted to copy University work they would have difficulty getting the packet open without sharp scissors or a knife and neither are encouraged to be carried around.
If you have bought cheap flash drives before then you will know that the quality varies greatly,no need to worry with the sandisk brand absolute piece of mind with this fantastic piece of kit.
Small and sturdy with a yummy silicone skin to keep it all neat and scratch free not the most exciting looking thing but really feels like it is bulletproof.Nice off white see through colouring with a flashing green led to let you know when it is in use.
I managed to buy these in a triple pack from play.com for £15 what a bargain as i have seen these go for a tenner each in Tescos' and other places.
I have various other brands of flash drive but this definetley has the quickest download speeds of any that i own,also my computer picks it up very quickly,and am able to drag and drop into it with almost no lag except for some larger files.
would not hesitate to buy these as they really are a market leader.
Okay, this may not be the most exciting product to write about but hey, people need to know about these little and I mean really little things.
So I figured I needed a new memory stick for university in September, so I went on a little hunt down to my local PC World as I thought out of all places I'd find one... And yeah I did..!
So here goes with the boring specification bits;
4Gb worth of memory, which holds;
up to 1000 MP3s or 3 movies
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Stylish metal casing with clear skin and cap
Bright green LED light when activated and storing
Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Mac OS 9.1.x+, OS X v10.1.2+
Don't ask me what most of that means, I know how to use the technology not how it works..!
Oh yeah and the measurements are - 7.9mmx18.95mmx52.2mm (HxWxL)
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I will admit I did buy this because it was cheap, there was nothing in the aesthetics that made me want to buy it but I am happy now I do have it.. It takes literally seconds to transfer files of a smaller size from the PC to the stick or to my laptop. Obviously larger files do take a bit longer but the little light in the USB stick will flash at you while the files are being transferred.
Obviously these little machines are lightweight and portable, although that is a little downside to this one. Unless you have t on a key ring or attached to your keys, it is losable..!
Also the colour is pale, well it is white.. and if you leave it on a white windowsill in your bedroom (yes, I did.) You might well lose it..! The rubber grip of the stick is quite nice to touch and a benefit it that you do know that you are holding it so probably won't drop it..!
The fact that the USB stick works across different systems is brilliant because not every computer has Vista and being able to swap documents through this onto different systems is a blessing. Simply just stick the 'stick' into your computer and the driver is recognised instantly or it was in my laptop, no guarantees it would in every computer. There is no disk included so I am guessing it should have the driver software installed in the actual portable machine itself..!
The big memory is also a nice bonus as I could put the whole contents of my iPod on this stick and still have space for a few files..! For the price it is a good value for money providing your not to bothered about having a little pale and uninterested memory stick. Though the rubber skin can be removed but that is not something I would advise unless you want to lose all your work on your stick as the stick would be even worse to find without.. Especially if you could be scrambling around in the dark for it.. Like all good students working dead into the night.....!
I got my stick for £14.99 out of pc world
But it's £10.99 on play.com, and since then I can't find it anywhere else..!
Compared to previous flash drives I have owned, this felt much more durable with it all being one solid unit. It has a small panel on the side to write on, and also uses a clear rubbery skin helping to protect it. The size is also quite spectacular keeping in mind the amount of data it can store.
Using the flash drive is also very easily done, on both a mac and windows appearing instantly on my desktop or in explorer.
Due to its very small size and storage, i have integrated this small gadget into my life, tending to save all my data onto it rather than using the computers hard drive, enabling me to never forget to take a document to work, or take a document which isnt up to date (which can be very annoying).
I also find the flash drives LED very useful as it is very bright ilumiating the whole end of the device, making it much more easier to see when the computer is accessing it.