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I bought this a while back when the price was much higher, I think I paid around £38 for it, maybe more though. So far I have been very happy with my purchase and would buy again for sure!
The Sony flash drive is an excellent thing to have, as you have 8GB of data, a considerable amount at your finger tips, just plug in and away you go. This drive has a USB slider mechanism which means you use the bar on the side and slide away for the USB to come out, and slide back for the USB to go back in, this is a great way of protecting the parts which can be broken most easily, I think it is good to have this feature, as you can't really break the metal USB connection because it is protected most of the time.
The Sony flash drives offers a great amount of storage space, this particular one is 8 GB which is around 8192 MB which is around 2000 songs, this is a great amount to be able to carry around with you.
Like I said above I have had this drive for a while now, and it has served me well, whether it be from taking files to school, or taking it to the library when I have ran out of ink, or even transferring files from one computer to another this is the perfect flash drive, as it is very fast on both PC and Mac, which is great if you use either. It is sturdy, and reliable, there is a few scratches on this due to general wear and tear, also being in the pocket with keys wouldn't help it much.
This Sony flash drive consists of USB 2.0 the very latest in USB technology, However, I understand that USB 3.0 is being tested, the new generation of data transfer.
Like most things, it does come down through time, but I don't think that this flash drive will become much cheaper than £16.99 which it is currently available on Amazon for, that is surprisingly cheap for such a well know and reputable brand like Sony!
Overall Opinion -
I have used this through my time as a student to take to and from school for projects, essays etc etc, this has been an excellent device for doing so, and is great for transferring media between computers.
I would recommend this flash drive to friends, and family because I have had such a pleasant experience with this device, it is reliable and easy to use, it pops up with a few seconds on being plugged into the computer
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helped assist you in your decision.
I bought a Sony Micro Vault Mini USB flash drive (8GB) from Maplin in Brighton a while ago for £49.99.
I've had some bad experiences with external hard drives (I've had two Seagate 320GB EHD's and both have broken and resulted in not being able to retrieve my data) and wanted to buy a solid state USB pen that would allow me to back up just the most important of the data on my computer, as well as being able to easily transfer data.
Given my previous bad experience with external hard drives i wanted to go with a name brand as the most important thing to me was reliability - i didn't want losing my data to be any sort of risk. To this end i bought a Sony product as i've had nothing but good experiences with their electronic and computer products in the past.
On this front the Sony Micro Vault has been brilliant - i've been using it constantly for around 6 months now and i've never suffered any kind of loss of data or problems with performance. It's exceptionally reliable and at 8GB can hold a lot of data, including media like films, etc. (It holds around 8 feature length films for example).
The performance is excellent - it pops up pretty much as soon as it's plugged it (I've tried it on both Mac and PC) and the transfer speed is excellent, as long as you're using a USB 2.0 slot.
The design of the stick is also really nice, it features a retractable USB connector (using a slide mechanism on the bottom, you can see the slide button in the picture) which prevents the risk of bending or breaking the connector. I like this design and it just helps to add that little bit of piece of mind, knowing you're not going to damage your USB stick in transit.
Overall i'd say it's a well designed and perfectly functioning product - if you're looking for an affordable and portable USB storage device and don't need anything more than 8GB, look no further than the Sony Micro Vault Ultra Mini.
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