“ SanDisk Cruzer Micro U3 - USB flash drive - 8 GB - Hi-Speed USB „
This is the memory stick that I have used almost everyday for the past twelve months.
It's not very sexy or exciting to look at but it's been very reliable and hasn't let me down thus far.
The 8gb of memory is fine for me, I mostly store music & pictures on mine and occasionally a movie or two. It's certainly an improvement on the days when I'd struggle, carrying about twenty vinyl albums round to a friends house just so I could enjoy some music with them.
I have also have larger external hard drives, two at 320gb, a 500gb and a 1tb but hey they don't attach to my key ring and fit comfortably into my pocket! At 23g and with dimensions of 11 x 4 x 1 cm I hardly notice it's there.
I have actually replaced the small metal ring that attaches it to a key ring with one that's a bit more substantial as the original didn't fill me with confidence. I know it's hardly pimp my memory stick but I thought it was worth a mention. In fact, if there was a downside to this stick, then it's the fact that it does feel quite cheap and nasty. However, mine jangles about in my pocket with my change and keys and it appears to have faired quite well all things considered.
It's very simple to use, with no real set up required. Once slotted into your USB port, it gives a comforting warm orange glow. Very nice on those cold winter evenings!
The connector is retractable, which is cool. I did worry that without a secure cap, it might get clogged up with fluff and crumbs from my pockets, but it's not happened so far.
I paid £10.99 for mine, and I've seen them for a little less and a little more so if you're tempted, shop around.
I know you can get a 16gb version now, but for the moment I'm sticking with 8gb.
Sorry if this review seems a little lacking in the technical department but I'm not really a paid up member of the nerd herd , but I can recommended this product based on my experience as an end user.
Thanks for reading.
The Sandisk Cruzer Micro U3 is a large (in terms of storage) USB drive for a very good price.
Quality - The plastic version of the Cruzer Micro feels very tacky to hand, like it is made of cheap plastic and isn't that well made - it feels far too light to be good quality and generally doesn't feel good. However, there is a titanium version which is very strong and feels very well made.
Space - 8Gb is a large amount of space for a USB drive, especially for one of this price - there is a 16Gb version as well for people who want to store even more files.
Features - The USB stick has a retractable USB end to it so that you no longer need to worry about losing the lid, but the USB stick will not get damaged. The drive also comes with U3 which allows you to install lots of applications such as firefox, MSN messenger, some games and much more to the USB drive that you can then run on any computer when you plug the drive in. This means you can easily run firefox on any computers and have all your favourites and settings etc. with you. You can also password protect the USB drive with the U3 software.
Overall despite the cheapy feel to the drive it has proved to be strong (eg. can stand being stood on), it has a lot of space and some nice features so is definitely worth the low price.
I have had one of these for a couple of months now overall i am very impressed with this product but it does have its faults. First of all the features it ocmes with is amazing the software you can on the stick means you can install programs to it which is a nice feature and the fact that all of the software is on the stick makes it an easy plug and play memory stick.
Some of the faults this memory stick is that the software can take a long time to load up and also it can be slow but thats about it for bad points. The cool thing about this memory stick it glows and you can slide in the usb on the end of the stick for storage which is a nice feature. Also the size is good its one of the bigest sticks you can buy and in my opion well worth it.
The Sandick Cruzer Micro is quite a neat looking flash drive at first sight. Its quite ascetically pleasing. This is of course until you pick it up and feel how cheap it is. The drive has the ability to slide the USB end of it in to protect it, I suppose, from dirt. It looks neater than a lid but serves no real purpose other than that, as I'm not too sure what you do with your flash drives, but my generally stay clean.
Plug the drive into your computer and it installs its own software. The software itself is quite nice, it asks you for a password, even gives you a hint if you forget it. Comes with a decent explorer and even comes with Sudoko built in. Sounds great eh? Well its not really. When using it on your own computer, yes its great. On the other hand taking it to a computer the drive hasn't been in before present problems, having to wait for the drive to install its software before you can access the data inside. For example, I was using the drive for my night class work, I had completed a presentation which I fired on the drive and brought into class. When it was show time, I had to stand around and wait while the rest of the class looked at me while my drive was installing the software. Its just an inconvenience.
Overall though the pens not too bad, no major issues apart from those mentioned above.
This memory stick is by far the best memory stick I own. One main floor I've often encountered with memory sticks is this superior ability to build up gunk and grime in their connection slot, thus rendering them useless. This memory eliminates this issue with the rather unique and well utilised slide feature. For those who aren't aware of this, it basically allows you to slide the connection port of the usb device inside the casing, so that when not in use, it doesn't become blocked. This memory stick, along with many of the latest memory stick comes with the U3 utility. Only certain programs work with such feature, such as portable opera, skype etc. Basically it allows you to move a program around on different computers without having to install it. A great feature for people constantly on the move. What with its features and high build quality this flash memory stick is a must have for those that feel the need to have portable data.
Got the USB memory stick and thought it didn't work. FOund out had a faulty USB port on my PC, stuck it in another one and it lit up orange yay, cool design and colours, has some good software installed already on it including games, not bad for £10. Loads up on your desktop so easier than having to go to 'My COmputer' to have to access your documents.
One Bummer: I've lost mine and now im lost without it, such a big space on this thing loads of my work was on it, thanfully they;re only a tenner so if i have to buy another one it will be this exact same one again, or i may go 16gb if i can find one cheap enough somewhere.
Data transfer speed (is also dependent on the PC) but is pretty quick for the stick and it also has the cool little feature of being able to retract the USB plug on it to save it getting damaged - brilliant!.
Does feel like it could be easliy snapped though because very lightweight but might be wrong.
Can also be easily LOST!
I own alot of memory sticks (I have also reviewed the sandisk Contour), and use them for high traffic transferring (i.e regular read and write, instead of just archiving files). I am a big fan of Sandisk as it usually means quality.
My main usb drive is the 4GB sandisk Contour I own, which simply cannot be beaten due to its superb read and write rates. I do however need to store and transfer files larger than 4Gb fairly often, so I decided to purchase this as a backup.
In the few weeks that I have owned it I must say I am very impressed with it, the transfer rates are still above par even though this is not what you would call a Flagship USB drive model.
It does the job perfectly well and has a solid durable feel to it. I think this drive would be suited for archiving as well as high traffic use.
This Is a great flash drive for what it is. It isn't indestructible, it's not designed for that. With the USB plug sliding inside however, it is plenty sturdy for average used.The read and write speeds of the drive are quite decent, not the fastest, but quite good for the price range.SanDisk, in its wisdom, chooses to preload all the U3 software goodness on the drive. I recommend the first thing to do is to fully remove the U3 from the drive - it will add about 200MB to the drive capacity. If you need the apps, look at portableapps.com. Another great feature is that its USB connector is retractable so that one does not have to look for missing cap any more. apart from that I use this device for microsoft windows vista ready boost feature. Start up time are faster. However, When I goto the public library or borrow a friends computer, the U3 feature help me to use all my bookmarks.
Great little memory stick with a huge amount of space on it!
I have backed up most of my important documents onto it and still have around 2Gb to spare!
This stick is not like your usual memory stick, instead of havinga cap to cover the metal USB part it simply slides in and out making this stick much smaller than its competitiors and really useful if you lose the lids like me!
It also has a little metal loop attached to the top so that you can easily fix it to a set of keys or something similar. Although i would recomend using some tape aswell as the ring is a bit small!
The stick comes with some useful software (free) im currently using the password remember software haha! It also includes a couple of fun games which are very useful when your a bored.
Overall this is a great stick to own, highly reccomend!
I actually don't know what to call this, I know people who call them pen drives, some that call them usb sticks, usb flash drives... the list goes on, but whatever you call them, I own a few different ones, and this is probably my favourite because of it's looks, but the most annoying because of what it does...
Let's start with the looks. It's a small design, and as you can see is pretty modern and stylish! It does feel very durable, and I have dropped it several times and no damage has been done. There's a slider on the usb pen that is easily slid from one side to another, this of course 'ejects' the usb from it's shell so you can simply put it in to the usb port. This is one of the things I love most about this product, all my other pen drives have lids. That's right, small, tiny lids, that you put on the side, turn round and the next thing you know they're gone! An absolute nightmare, once you've lost a lid they never seem to return, and without a lid your usb is easily going to get damaged. All these problems are erased with SanDisk's excellent solution. On the back of the pen drive is the SanDisk logo, followed by the U3 Smart logo (which we'll come to later) and in small writing are the products serial number, where the products made (china, obviously), and a few small symbols you see on most products. On the front of the pen drive to the left of the slider lays the products name 'cruzer' in a stylish font, and on the right of the slider lays micro 8gb (or whatever size you have) in the same stylish font. It fits in your hand nicely, and is extremely easy to insert into the usb port as expected!
Now for the thing that irritates me... When you insert the product, as long as you are using some of the latest operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Vista, two auto play menus will pop up. Yeah, that's right... two. One for the actual pen drive where you store all your files, and the other acts as if a cd/dvd has just been inserted into your drive...
For the actual storage device, you can simple open it up as if it were a normal hard drive and copy and paste, or drag and drop items on to it. You can even save files from the internet straight into it, you can't get much easier!
As for this U3 System you're still wondering about, it's a little more complicated. If you launch 'U3', a little logo appears on the right hand side of your task bar by the clock. This built-in software allows you to download programs of the internet such as free virus protection programs, zipped file software such as winzip and winrar, and other little gadgets that often come in handy. These install straight onto your pen drive, which I have to admit is an excellent idea if that's what you need. The majority of us however own these pen drives as we want to simply store files on them so that we can transfer them to other computers, whether it be for school or work. The U3 System is all that much of a problem, if you don't want to use it, you just don't click on it, but it does occasionally pop up with updates that it 'needs' to install, which can be irritating if you just want to get on with what you're doing. And the most annoying thing is not having the option to delete this software... there it is just sitting there on your pen drive. You can right click and delete, but as soon as your pen drive is put back into your computer, it's reappeared again! Fortunately, it only takes up 1mb, but it's the fact that it's sitting there in my nicely organized folder that bugs me most.
Overall, I'd say it's the best pen drive on the market, even if it does come with an annoying piece of software that some of us don't require. It's very stylish and modern, looks great, doesn't have a lid and is available online and in some shops for a great price!
You can get it in Black, White and Titanium, and lots of different sizes including 1gb, 2gb, 4gb, 8gb and 16gb. You'll be looking at about £5 for the 1gb version, £30 for the 16gb version, and about £10 for the 8gb version if you buy them from Amazon.co.uk.