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The need to save back up files onto a memory USB stick had become increasingly important to me over the past year or so. Mainly due having to store a huge number of photos, advertising pictures, letters for work and to store large video and multimedia files that hold many precious family memories, therefore it was very important for me to get a good GB sized memory stick that can be trusted to hold such important documents.
== Price ==
When visiting my local supermarket (Tesco) I remember looking for one and coming across an overwhelming large number of different memory sticks to choose from, however after some deliberation I opted to go for the Sandisk 8GB USB stick. The reason for purchasing this particular one was that I had heard of the Sandisk brand before, and the nice modern design also caught my eye. The thing that really pulled me in though was the price, for some reason I was expecting an 8GB UBB stick to cost me over £20! So when I saw the £11.99 price I instantly thought it was a great bargain.
== Design ==
The USB stick is designed simplistically but effectively, with it visually looking modern and glossy. The metal inner memory stick is covered by thick plastic hard material to protect and keep the memory chip safe from harm or damage. It has a smooth design effect with the corners smoothing in to illustrate an attractive design.
== Experience ==
I have used this memory stick to store all my vital documents and large multimedia files, and I have found it does its job more than satisfactory. All that is needed to do is insert this USB stick into a USB port on your device and you are basically set. I have been using this stick for about a year and I have not had any issues. All files transfer easily onto the memory stick and does so quickly using a 2.0 connection speed plus it fully completes the file transfers without any issues to date.
I love the fact that as soon as I initially inserted the new memory stick into the USB port, it automatically installs the necessary data needed to enable it be recognisable with the device, which is brilliant and meant no time wasting or inserting software CDs in and waiting for the software to be installed, it literally took few minutes for the USB to be recognised and to install the specific drives and it was done. I also find it to be very secure and safe to use, as a number of time I mistakenly yanked it out of the USB port when in a rush, and thankfully I have never lost any data doing so or damaged the USB.
== Conclusion ==
Overall I can't fault this Sandisk USB memory stick at all, it is very easy to use and set up, stores data instantly and securely while still looking sleek and stylish. The price along with all the positives makes this a must for anyone looking for somewhere to backup important files.
Information at a glance.
Capacity: 8 GB
Device encryption: USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Contact brand: SanDisk: www.amazon.co.uk - 8.99 GBP (not including P&P)
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Size/Portability - Brand Comparisons
Flash Drive - SanDisk Cruzer Slice - (Length 61 X Width 25 X Depth 8 mm)
Flash Drive - Kingston DT 101 Generation 2 - (Length 56 X Width 18 X Depth 7 mm)
Flash Drive - ByteStor USB 2.0 - (Length 70 X Width 23 X Depth 7 mm)
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When it comes to digital storage portability, a flash drive is what most of us will opt for - the weight is secondary information that isn't that vital when it comes to portability - it's the actual size that's priority. Notably as you can see above, the SanDisk Cruzer Slice is more rotund compared to other brands of flash drives - even though the USB pin connector retracts back into the body of the drive, burrowed into its rectangular slot, to protect the pin connector. No cap is necessary thanks to a slide mechanism that resembles battery operated toys from the Early Learning Centre. Its black plastic casing feels and sounds hollow on touch, unlike the Kingston DT 101 G2 flash drive which comparatively is significantly tougher. Alarm bells shrill out at me in regards to 'SanDisk Slice's' durability. Product manufacturing wise the device imitates a flimsy PNY swivel flash drive, without the audacious pin pirouette and click in place design. SanDisk's 'Slice' for the adventurous type will seem banal, rather ordinary and unassuming looking. There is a half-hearted design quirk that SanDisk implemented and that is to design one corner rounded and one corner remains a sharp corner, on each side. I would like to say it reminds me of something, or has a meaning, but I can't - it has no resemblance to a slice of anything to note. SanDisk 'Slice's' product design is unique for that very reason.
The brand SanDisk gets lost in dark red, on top of the platform of black plastic that capsulate the device. Printed on as an afterthought, it is only underneath the device in grey I was indeed notified this flash drive is indeed a 'Cruzer Slice'. Obviously two words adjacent to one another in a game of Scrabble, joined together at the letter 'C'. Also the storage capacity of 8 GB is nonchalantly mentioned "underneath?" Surely the storage space facility is a selling point - it bewilders me why manufacturing companies as big as SanDisk tend to add such vital device information in obscure places on the device, as if ashamed of its storage space facility. Along with the 8 GB storage facility, the icons are warnings not to machine wash or 'tumble-dry my device - plus it has the 'CE' marking; 'Conformité Européenne' - EU recommended since 1993.
One 'Slice' is never enough.
For user friendliness the 'Slice' goes beyond the flash drive competition. SanDisk hasn't employed an application within its removable system, which is activated when the drive is slotted into a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port - except for the standard 'autorun' text file. No add-ons, no gimmicks and overall very refreshing. Storage wise it is at full capacity; 8192 Megabytes available for digital media - in practice, storage for: 1,800 - 2,000 MP3 files - the late John Peel would be proud. Whilst activated in the USB port a naughty red neon light pulsates from the pin slider, radiating out seduction glows. Coming from a USB flash stick, it just seems wrong. Helpfully the petit slider bar has an arrow pointing in the direction the pin needs to slide out - quite useful for a hapless non techie, and no there is no manuals aiding you with this device. When the drive is open, drag and drop files from your workstation, or simply 'right click' onto a file you want to transfer to the 'Slice' and select 'Send To' to the removable storage file labelled 'SanDisk' on your drop-down menu. The test results of the 'read' and 'write' speeds are below:
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Read Speed: 17.86 MB/s (Mega Bytes per second)
Write Speed: 5.20 MB/s (Mega Bytes per second)
Duration of test: 36 minutes 53 seconds.
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Being a flash drive enthusiast; I usually on the day of purchase, I tend to vigorously test the portable drive over a 35 - 40 minute time period, whereby the drive is block tested for a couple of cycles for speed of reading and writing digital data. For a storage geek, the results are compelling. As I have the tools to convey accurately my findings and also recommend the best drives, for whatever purpose you want the storage for; i.e. MP3/Video format files - or for the standard MS Office files for e.g. Adobe files tend to be 'raw' files and so if your loading up these formatted files that are requiring further editing - speed is paramount and usually a 8 gigabyte memory facility is at the bottom rung of what your storage facility should be at; to do the job efficiently. Just like most devices, the 'read' and 'write' speeds do deteriorate due to usage, over several years of incessant file transferring. Compared to other portable flash drives the 'read' speed is at the mid-range of the portable device speed league (in the top 20% of drives over 2GB of storage). However, the 'Slice's' strengths is in its 'writing' speed. So it is highly recommended for 'exe files' (new application start-ups); and editing files that need further work.
CPU Systems include: Linus, Apple MacOS X 10.1.2 or above and Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP.
Overall, the 'SanDisk Cruzer Slice'; lacks in finesse, portability, and it is not as rotund as many flash drives; nor has it a key-ring tag either - however, where it falls down on these big factors, the device is at the top of the storage game in 'functionality' plus has no irritating software add-ons that are apparent in a vast number of flash drive branded devices. Highly recommended for consumers wanting to edit larger files via different workstations - albeit, probably better to opt for a bigger 'slice' of storage; such as the 16 GB storage instead. 4/5 star rating.
USB sticks have become a vital entity to our individual arsenals of computing additions. They help us to securely save work and other files on a small, easily connected platform which is compatible with every PC available today. Due to advancements in recent technology (with devices becoming smaller and smaller as well as increasing in memory space) we can now reach impressive levels of space within our USB sticks - the 'Sandisk Cruzer Slice' has 8GB of internal memory, a healthy amount, but not the top end of what is possible today.
The value of a USB stick on today's market is roughly 1GB of memory per £1.00. Sandisks stick to this trend almost exactly, the Cruzer can be bought for £8-10 from PC World and many online retailers across the country. For the thousands of songs, hundreds of thousands of potential documents, and tens of full-length movies this device can store and transfer between computer, games console and other compatible platform, the price seems right.
This model stands out from others by way of its protective exterior, which covers the USB connector at the slide of a switch. A red button on the side moves a plastic shield over the end, which is the most vulnerable and easily damageable area of the device. this protective mechanism doesn't prevent water or moisture from entering the contraption, and this remains the products major disadvantage - but I haven't found a stick on the market that addresses this common cause of memory unit destruction.
All Sandisk products have average/quick transfer rates, when both copying and reading data - and this particular product is no exception to that fact. The whole unit can be filled in under 20minutes and emptied in the same time - a standard transaction period.
This product is a durable, reliable, spacious model anyone can put to use in a user-friendly way. The only disadvantage is the fact there are other products on the market with greater memory capacity. If you are looking for something a little bigger, try an alternative Sandisk product and you won't be disappointed.
I get given a vast array of little gadgets at work and USB drives seem to be a very popular freebie to receive. I have loads of them and one of the best I have been given is the SanDisk Cruzer Slice 8Gb. I have used SanDisk USB drives in the past and knew them as a reputable brand in memory storage so was optimistic that my new USB would be useful.
The drive itself is small in size (around 8 cm) and incredibly light (18 grams). This tiny design makes it great for using on the go. I have mine connected to my keys so I always have instant access to it. It is a very tough device. I am forever throwing my keys about on tables and the device has never shown any signs of breaking. With 8GB of memory It is perfect from me as I save a number of word and excel documents on it with plenty of room spare for larger files.
The design is a sleek black cover with a red sliding button. This button slides up and down putting and removing a protective lid over the USB connector. I really like this design as I always lose the lids off USB drives.
The device is very easy to use (great for a simpleton like me). You just plug into any standard 2.0 USB port that you find on desktops, laptops or other devices and you are able to save work, files, pictures etc. to the device.
With is memory size, reliability and security I cannot fault this product. I looked on Amazon recently and this was showing at £8 which I believe is a bargain for such a handy little gadget. Usually when I get freebies at work I would never warrant paying money for the product but the SanDisk Cruzer Slice 8Gb is one I would happily pay to replace.
I mainly use an external hard drive to store the big bits of work that I use everyday, but sometimes I just need something that's small and easy to transport (and also doesn't have everything I want keeping safe on it). A bought this USB stick or pen drive for under £10 from an online store (despite it's RRP being £22) so have a look around before buying it to make sure you get the right price.
When it arrived, there wasn't anything too surprising about it, it really is just a standard pen drive. However, it does have a nifty little slide mechanism that extends the USB connector out when you need it. I have had no problems with this in terms of the mechanism not working and think it's quite a cool way to keep dust and muck out of the connector.
Being an 8GB flash drive it has a lot of space on it for all of your files and folders and can even hold a good number of photos. It has a USB2.0 interface so all you have to do is plug it in and go. There's no software or CD to install and it's just a case of dragging and dropping your files onto it. Transfer speed is fast and takes next to no time at all.
All in all a neat looking flash drive with high capacity and fast transfer speeds, that is quite reasonably priced when you have a hunt around online.
I've got a couple of USB drives because they're so handy, and I often end up leaving one or two at my boyfriend's house with stuff on, so they're good to have around. The SanDisk Cruzer Slice is my favourite of the 4 I have, and the largest at 8GB, which is just enough for what I want it for.
SanDisk are renowned for memory storage so it's a brand I feel confident in producing quality products that are effective and reliable. There are so many flash drives available with different memory sizes, so it does depend on what your needs are. For me, 8GB is more than enough for bits & bobs, but it gives that bit of extra leeway should you want to store more.
The Cruzer Slice is a neat black USB flash drive, or pen drive, depending on what you want to call it. It's small and weighs in at only 18g, so it's highly portable but not as tiny as some I've seen so it shouldn't blow away in the wind like a piece of dust either! To one edge is a red lever type thing, which you push up in order to push out the USB interface. I like this because it keeps the device safe, knowing you won't snap the important metal part off, without having to worry about losing a lid.
The overall design is quite simple, yet quirky as I hadn't seen a USB with the 'slice' design before. It's easy to use and I haven't noticed any problems with the sliding mechanism. The black and red colour scheme makes it stand out, and whilst it's still a plastic piece of tech, it nonetheless looks quite smart and not tacky.
The interface itself is the standard 2.0 USB, suitable for many products including most laptop, desktop and TV USB slots. Both uploading and downloading on to / from the USB is very straightforward and quick; no disk is required, it is a simple drag and drop mechanism, allowing you to choose exactly what you want to do and being able to do it in seconds depending on the file size. Obviously larger things take longer, but I've found this USB to be quite efficient and thus far reliable too, with no problems to report.
Overall, I would recommend this for it's attractive black and red appearance, it's lightweight and portable design, and it's storage capacity at a good price.
RRP £22, sells for around £8 (check Amazon, MyMemory, Play.com for some bargains)
I am an avid photographer and am therefore constantly taking photos and storing them onto the hard drive of my now aging computer. Unfortunately my computer does not take too kindly to this treatment and therefore opens my photos with the speed of a snail. I have subsequently turned to USB flash drives as a solution for storing my photos. Having fully filled a USB stick that I bought last year I decided this weekend to buy another in an attempt to free up my computer memory and trusting the SanDisk brand decided to purchase this flash drive.
The Product ~
The SanDisk Cruzer 8GB USB Flash Drive is a very small and rather plain looking memory stick which fails to have any of the bells and whistles that some of its opponents display. The stick is black in colour with a red retractable push button which upon pushing forward displays the silver flash connector ready for plugging into your machine. The beauty of the push feature is that unlike having a protective cap to the key which so often can get lost the drive can be protected by simply clipping the connector into the plastic sheath.
Whilst I am not a technology buff I can confirm that this flash drive is compatible with both Windows 2000 and I believe it is also compatible with Mac. It can store any number of files including photos, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. This is handy not only from a storage point of view but also during times when it is necessary to move and transport files between computers such as PowerPoint presentations. This flash drive also has a number of other features including Cruzer Sync desktop synchronisation, antivirus software, Signup Shield password manager and Skype.
This flash drive has an 8GB storage capacity which makes it ideal for day to day tasks. It also means that dependent on the size of the file and the quality of the digital photo this flash drive can store in excess of 6,000 photos.
This flash drive ensures you, the buyer peace of mind by being covered by a two year manufacturer's guarantee.
This USB Flash Drive comes with four storage options these being 4GB, 8GB and 16GB and the price of the flash drive reflects this. I bought my 8GB flash drive from Argos last weekend and paid £19.99 for it with a saving of £3. However it can also be bought from a number of online retailers including Amazon for less.
The SanDisk Cruzer 8GB Flash Drive is not unlike any other flash drive to use and this is made easy with the plug and play characteristic. To use, simply click the connector forward using the sliding button and plug into the USB point of your computer or laptop. The computer should then instantly recognise that the key has been plugged in and flash up with the 'What do you want to do' message. Failing this you can simply locate the key by clicking on the 'My Computer' link on the start panel and selecting the disk.
Upon opening the stick you will notice that the end glows a light orange which is an indicator that it is being used. To move and copy files onto the flash drive you can simply use the 'Save as' feature upon opening a document and select to save onto the removable flash drive or simply copy and paste your chosen files onto the stick.
When you are satisfied that you have copied all your required files onto the flash drive you can simply double click on the small green logo on the bottom tool bar menu and then 'disconnect' the stick. The orange light will then stop and the drive can be removed and the connector slid back into the protective sheath.
My Experience ~
Upon purchasing my new flash drive last weekend I set to work copying and transporting all my recent photos onto it. What struck me first upon opening the stick was that it has a small amount of memory already used on the drive filled up with the antivirus software which is pre-saved onto the stick. However, this being considered it did still leave me with 7.71GB of memory.
The stick was easy to use by simply plugging it into the machine and transporting the files onto it and the orange light was a good reminder that it was still in use. Since the weekend I have stored around 500 photos onto the stick and have hardly used any memory however it is easy to check how much memory is remaining by simply right clicking on the 'removable device' option on the menu and then selecting properties. This will then give you the current capacity of the flash drive shown as a pie chart of space remaining and space used, a simple and effective way of illustrating the request.
Upon using the stick is very small and can therefore be hidden away out of sight with minimum effort, however I have had to put mine in a designated drawer with a sticky label to ensure it doesn't get lost.
As with all memory sticks it is advised that you never use just one form of media to store important documents and therefore it is also worth backing up files onto CDs for additional security.
My Summary ~
Overall this is a highly useful and smart looking little tool which although small has a great storage facility, as they say the best things come in small packages. I would definitely recommend it and I have hence scored it 5 stars out of 5.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
I do a lot of computer work in my job and always need to back up files but not only do I need to do this for my job, also for my personal life I need to back up music files and so on. This is why I knew it was time to buy yet another USB Drive and I have purchased from SanDisk before so they were my preferred choice. I was unsure really about what size to get but I went for 8gb as I thought that size would be just enough for what I was needing it for as I didn't want to spend too much and to get too big a USB drive would be pointless as I would be better getting an external hardrive.
The SanDisk Cruzer Slice is quite distinct looking and all of the Cruzer Slice range look the same. It is quite sleek and is a rounded rectangular shape but has the SanDisk logo in red on the side. The reverse tells you the capacity and has a few markings for safety on it. It has an indent on each side to add an almost streamlined look to it and then on the side is a red slider button which is what you slide left to right to push out the actual USB connection.
SANDISK CRUZER SLICE
The internal memory of this USB stick is 8192MB and it is a Hi-Speed USB. To ensure this works with your operating system you will need to have Linus, Apple MacOS X 10.1.2 or above and Microsoft Windows Vista, XP or 7 so in all honesty an up to date system. The USB stick is easy enough to use as soon as you get it, it is literally read to use as there is no installation required. When you put this into a new computer you will notice it will install the relevant drivers and then it will come up as a Removable Disk and you can name your USB stick.
I store everything on my USB, whether it be a text document or photos or music, or even video files and design files. It doesn't take a lot of time to transfer files onto this and so far so good with this I have not really had any problems with it. Sometimes when I put this into my laptop, it doesn't always show up so I have to use another USB port, but that could be an issue with my laptop rather than the memory stick. Once it does register though it shoes up instantly and you can open the folder to view the files.
You can either play files directly from your memory stick of just drag and drop them onto another computer's desktop. With 8gb, I have found this an ideal size for storing items and when it comes to removing files, I just delete them from the memory stick and it is clear again and ready to use. When it is time to remove the stick you just need to make sure you eject it safely as if you don't you could corrupt files and cause damage which you don't want or you will lose files. I tend to use this on a select few computers to prevent picking up viruses.
The USB is a really good buy, my only issue with it is when you slide out the USB stick because it is on a slider, you have to hold the sticking out button as you put it into the USB port or the stick goes back into the case. It is annoying as it should be a lot easier, I think they are trying to be crafty with the stick sliding out but a lid would probably make life easier. The stick is easy to carry around in my handbag and overall is a reliable method of back up for now.
The SanDisk Cruzer Slice can be purchased on Amazon.co.uk and is currently sold at the cheapest for £9.39 which is reasonable enough I think.
The official SanDisk website is http://www.sandisk.co.uk/uk
Over the years I've probably collected a great number of USB sticks of varying sizes (I still have some old ones with a 'massive' 125Mb capacity!!), but in my experience, Sandisk always seem to be able to produce a good quality reliable product for a very reasonable price, and this 8 GB version from their Sandisk Cruzer range carries on with that tradition. As files grow bigger and more numerous, the ease at which you can transfer them between computers can become a problem as the constraints of the size of your usb stick become apparent (as my 'redundant' 125 Mb stick quickly finds trying to transfer work files!!) So 8GB of space in a flash drive is the answer to all your problems.
Sandisk are synonymous with making good quality usb sticks, or in this case, pen drives as they are commonly referred to, and just to back up that trust in their quality products, Sandisk also give this item a 2-year warranty. Now these drives are commonly used for transfer files from one device to another, or, with this amount of capacity, it can be used as a simple storage device to back up any important files that you store on your computer.
What is it? For around £9 from Amazon, it is basically just a small electronic storage device. Only being a few inches long and very slim, it can easily fit into your pocket or bag and actually looks quite stylish. On the side of the device you have a little recessed slide button. Push down on this and then push forward and that will expose the usb plug bit of the device out of the front of the housing. The idea is that you keep pushing forward until the device clicks to a stop and that indicates that the plug is out in the fully out and locked in the open position ready for use. You can then push the plug into an empty usb socket on your computer. Of note, the drive is usb 2.0 compliant, but is also backwards compatible to usb 1.0. Your computer should then recognise it, whereupon you can bring it up in your 'My Computer' view and transfer files back and forth between the pen drive and your computer. When you've finished with any transfers, you can unplug the device and simply push and pull the button to draw the usb plug back into the device.
What's it like in use? Well, it works in that you can easily transfer files back and forth with it, but it's not going to win any speed records for doing so. It has a claimed rated read speed of 15Mb/s which may sound fast, but the write speed is only 10Mb/s, and that applies to only the first 20Mb of data, after which it seems to slow down. As I said previously, I've got quite a collection of pen drives and I would probably rate the speed of the Sandisk versions around average if there was a race with all the varieties. But then I weigh that against the reliability that I have with this product and the 2-year warranty, and most of the times I need and use a pen drive, I'm not really in a desperate hurry to transfer the files, and to me, an extra few seconds or so on a full 8GB transfer isn't really going make me loose sleep at night.
To totally balance this review, we must also consider the negatives, and the only one that I could note is more to do with the actual design of the pen drive. The problem you have is that, whilst the usb plug can be drawn back into the body of the device for protection, it still leaves the open end of the plug open to the elements. So if you store this in your pocket or your handbag, there is a strong chance that dust and dirt will get into the open end and around the contacts. You then open the device and try to plug it into your computer, and that process than rams and compacts the dirt into your usb connection, and that could then lead to read/write failures etc.
In summary, in my opinion this is a good usb flash drive, not brilliant, but good. It does have loads of storage space, does look quite stylish and is backed by that 2-year warranty, but I do have some concerns over the open end bit of the usb plug. Hence, balancing everything up, I can give this a 4* recommendation.
This nifty little drive is ideal for documents even installing games onto. Its read and write speeds are fast and works with Windows, MAc and Linux OS'. Its not the fastest or highest capacity pen drive i've seen before but it is one of the best for portability. I love the 'capless' design and the usb slider also being a transfer light. It has a key ring slot so you can take it wherever you go. I have had no problems with it so far and have used it for many different files. It has been formatted multiple times but still seems to be working at the same speed as when I bought it. The 8GB capacity is ideal for any situation even installing Mac OS onto a Macbook Air (since it doesn't contain a CD/DVD drive). I would recommend this drive to all!
The best flash drive i've bought to date! :)
Being a media, film and IT student and a regular computer nerd shall we say i know the importance of backing up files, but also how annoying it is to send large files over the internet via email. Well am glad to say thank you that we have Flash Drives and memory sticks. Now if you have ever gone to buy one before there is an endless amount of different styles, colours, sizes and manufacturers. I myself have had experience with many different memory sticks and used them for a variety of different uses.
I needed a new memory stick, of quite a large decent size to store video files and audio files for my courses. As well as other various documents such as doc files and powerpoint files.
I went down to my local computer base store, and had a look around to see what they had. I noticed the Sandisk Cruzer Slice 8GB. I was immediately attracted to the sleek, modern design of the memory stick and then even more by the 8GB size and finally the £13.00 price tag. I snapped it up straight away, after using other Sandisk storage devices before so i had high hopes for this device.
The drive comes in a plastic protection packaging to avoid it from any damage. Also included in the box is the manufacturers recommended system configuration for use with the flash drive.
I've been using this for around 4 months now, transferring various video files and audio files and also backing up my course paperwork on it. I've tested this drive on Windows server 2000, Windows XP Home, Vista and 7 and i have no problems. Also even with the huge amount of data transfers i have still not experienced any problems with it. A few times the drive has been unexpectedly pulled out or not disconnected properly and i have also kept this in my pocket on hot days, and when I've been messing around with friends and there has still be no data loss or corruption. Which is amazing!!
Finally the drive is as advertised 8GB in storage space, with a high speed USB 2.0 connection for fast transfer rates, I've been getting around 512Kb/s transfer rate. It also uses a simple plug & play feature so within seconds of inserting the drive into your USB port this drive will have installed its self, so there is no fuss or extra software needed for you to install.
For the price of £13.00 i feel this is an amazing price and brilliant value for money. The 8GB size is perfect for students or just for people who want to back up their most important data. The drive is very durable and long lasting and boasts a sleek design and unisex black coloured enclosure. Making this a good memory stick for any gender or age.
I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking for a memory stick to use to back up their most important files and documents. With a sleek modern design, and unisex appeal this is perfect for all ages and genders and with a £13.00 price tag, you cant help but snap one of these drives up.
Anyone who uses computers on a regular basis will know the importance of backing things up. With the world being what it is there are people out there who would just love to infect your computer and destroy and your information. One way of guarding against this is to back up your files on an external drive. One such method of doing this is by using a memory stick or flash drive. This is something I have been doing for some time now as I have in the past had that awful experience of seeing my computer die in front of my eyes taking all my saved information with it.
One of the memory sticks or flash drives I have is this one. The Sandisk Cruzer Slice 8GB. Sandisk are quite a well recognised name when it comes to things like memory sticks and other computer bits and bobs. That was part of the reason I opted for this particular memory stick. I bought this one about a year ago, 8GB is a decent size for a memory stick although you can buy far larger ones now if you are willing to pay the extra money.
Of all the memory sticks I own I would say this is my favourite. I base that on ease of use, reliability and price. So first of all how easy to use is this pen drive. Well very. The little port is retractable, you simply slide it in and out. It easily plugs into any USB port and there are no issues with setting up hardware or software or anything like that. You simply slot it in and then start downloading information on to it.
As well as backing up information another key use of one of these is the ability to move large amount of information from one computer to another. This is a simple practical way to carry all your pictures, movies and documents in a tiny little stick that fits into your pocket. The Sandisk memory stick is very small and light. It fits easily into your pocket and as the little port slides neatly away you don't have to worry about damaging it.
I have been using this for around a year now and have never had any worries when it comes to reliability. Another pen drive I have used had an issue with some of the files becoming corrupted which is obviously quite a worry. I have never seen anything like this happen with the Sandisk Cruzer Slice. So when it comes to reliability I would have to give this one a big thumbs up.
When I bought this around a year ago I think it cost me around £9. They have come down in price slightly and if you shop around online you can pick one of these up for £7 which is pretty good value really for what you are getting.
So overall I would say this ranks very highly when it comes to flash drives/pen drives/memory sticks. It is reliable, a name you can trust and is very compact making it easy to carry around. This is ideal if you want to share your pictures with friends or simply have a neat little place to save all your files. I have been using this on a regular basis for a year now and will no doubt continue to do so whenever I want to easily transport information between two computers or of course back up all my files. If you are looking for a good quality pen drive at an affordable price then you can't go far wrong with this one.
Sandisk are probably one of the most well known companies manufacturing memory cards and USB flashdrives - in fact they have such a good reputation that some people won't use anything but them (this though is a somewhat blinkered view as there are many other equally good brands and many people buy sandisk for quality, but unwittingly buy a fake from the internet which is very likely to break. Unfortunately a side effect of Sandisk's 'fame' is that they are highly copied). I'm not especially loyal to sandisk as a brand (have another brand USB stick and most of my memory cards are brands other than sandisk) so I didn't set out to buy this particular model - my other USB is now permanently attached to my car stereo so I needed another one suitable for transporting photos for my photography business to show to various people and for printing.
This USB is incredibly small and lightweight, made of plastic and simply designed. What is not particularly obvious from the photo accompanying this review is that it has a slide button on the side, this is used to retract the USB connection inside the unit to help prevent damage when not in use - it also of course means you are at no risk of losing the lid . As there is no cover over this it would still be possible to get dirt in the top, so don't put it in the bottom of a grubby handbag!
At 8GB this has a decent sized memory - it's more than adequate for a huge number of data files (think word and excel documents), music files or potentially hundreds of images (depending on if you're storing jpeg, tiff, RAW etc.) This makes it perfect for trasfering copies of things between devices, handing things to clients and for long term back up purposes.
You don't need to download or install any special software for this - it's simply plug in and use. I've attached it to numerous devices (two types of industrial printers, windows xp/vista/7) and never had a problem with any of them. When attached to a computer or device the sliding part will also pulsate red, so that you know it's been detected. I simply drag and drop the information I want to copy into the open folder (when plugged into a windows it usually asks what you would like to do and I 'open containing folder') and that's it. This all comes together to make it very simple to use.
I purchased mine from amazon (directly from amazon themselves, not a market trader to ensure it's not a fake) and it cost me £7.49. I feel this is excellent value for money as you can easily pay 2 or 3 times this amount on the highstreet for a similar USB. In 2007 I paid £35 for a 4GB USB so the costs have come down massively since then.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this Sandisk cruzer - it represents excellent value for money in respects to storage capacity and reliability.
Being a student memory sticks/flash drives are essential and i use them regularly everyday, whether it is just to create a backup, or to transfer files from one place to another i don't know what i would do without them. Recently my old memory stick was getting damaged and i was getting worried i might not be able to use it for much longer. I was a bit short of cash so when i saw this 8Gb one in Agros for £15 i brought it straight away.
The product is a black scandisk memory stick that has a USB connector that slides in and out of the main plastic body of the flash drive by a red slider on the side of the flash drive. Its approximately 1cm wide and 5cm long, making it very compact and easy to carry around.
This is a great flash drive, good memory and very compact. My last USB stock broke because the metal connector got bend when carrying it around in my pocket all the time, so the fact this slides away into a very safe solid compartment gives the impression it is going to last a long time.
As i have already mentioned i brought it from Argos for £15 (£14.99 to be precise), which i consider to be a good price for 8GB, more than enough for loads of word documents, excel, power points, even some photos and music (just maybe not you whole library of photos and music).
Good value memory stick worth getting for work, home or university.
I purchased the Sandisk Cruzer Slice 8GB on sale for £9.99 at Argos over Christmas.
I chose this product firstly because of the price, secondly because of the brand (Sandisk) which to me seems like a reputable company and thirdly because of the great capacity of this memory stick.
As with most removable memory devices simply place into the USB port on your computer and transfer files until your heart is content! An older memory stick I owned broke due to the metal USB plug bending on the end. The great thing about this memory stick is that the plug moves in and out using the slider switch on the side.
Transfer rates seem to be very good and a light inside the slider switch lets you know that a transfer is still in progress.
I cannot find any faults as of yet with the Sandisk Cruzer Slice 8GB and I recommend it to anyone looking for a removable memory with a good amount of storage space.