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Smartdisk FlashHopper 64 MB

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      15.08.2010 22:18
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      Not really worth buying now.

      One can never have too many flash drives. An invention so handy I sometimes wonder what we ever did without them.The Smartdisk Flashopper was one of the earlier USB drives available and the second that I picked up. Lying at the bottom of a bargain clearout basket at the local computer fair, the box was damaged and the man kindly release it to me for £5. While we might scoff at the small size of 64Mbs today with our 20GB flash drives, at the time I had only owned a small drive with a 128MB capacity and that had cost me around £30.

      The unit is fairly slim with the usual length of about two inches. Original a silver colour, that has since worn down to a much less shiny grey. It also includes a small thumb indentation for easy removal. Use is very simple, just plug the device into any USB port. This has then been automatically detected by any computer I have plugged it into.

      I have had this device for around five years now and despite a bit of external wear and tear it is still functioning perfectly. I placed a small selection of documents on it as one of my first jobs when I bought it and when I plugged it in recently these files were still functioning. It's also nice to note that as this was constructed some time before flash drives became as common as they are, it seems to be a little bit more solid. They are produced so cheaply now that I have since have very many break just from normal use, this drive is still ticking along admirably.

      As far as recommendations are concerned, I can't really recommend this drive. While it is an excellent piece of kit and was obtained for a great price at the time, 64MB is well below anyone's needs these days and a £10 investment will buy you a much bigger, equally reliable flash drive from any supermarket or computer store today.

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