With lots of features, such as Virtual Expander, a high build quality and a nice design, this is a good memory stick. The device is more expensive than others, but is still good value for money. However, the software might not work with every computer.
First, the packaging is easy to open. It's also very clear and easy to read. The contained instructions, covering the Virtual Expander program are also easy to follow and simple to understand. It is easy to open, with thin plastic that can be cut with scissors without struggle.
The design is nice and attractive, but the device is slightly bigger than similar drives. However, it is very slim, which means that it still only uses 1 USB port, instead of 2. It's lightweight, which means it can easily can carried around.
The device also comes with the Virtual Expander software. In some ways, this is really good, but it has a few problems. First, it compresses files so that you can have up to 4x more capacity on your device. However, video files aren't compressed by much, with only documents taking advantage of the 4x capability. Also, some computers and machines, such as photo machines can't read file that have been compressed, making it useless.
Next, the device has very good build quality. The materials used make the device feel strong, and able to survive many years of use. They also feel durable, and the USb connector is strong, and not flimsy so it doesn't feel like it will fall off. It is also well protected, with the cap. However, it isn't connected to the device, so it is easy to lose. The build quality is among the best of any USB drive I have seen.
In addition, the device's read and write speeds are faster than similar products, which makes it a great option for somebody wanting to copy video, and larger files to the device.
However, the cost is high. It is still worth the high cost though, with the fantastic build quality, which makes it a good investment and the read/write speeds which are faster than most other products.
Overall, a great product that is worth a purchase despite the high price. It is easy to use, and is a good quality product, but the included Virtual Extender software is pretty much useless for most users unless you only store documents on your drive.
The memory stick itself is well built, and feels sturdy with its slide mechanism, like clicking a pen. It looks pretty good and is small, which you would expect from a memory stick of this price and branding. It is not the cheapest, but then you do get a branded product, and so you know any support services will be decent. It also has a hole for a keyring attachment, and a blue indicator light. It has a fairly good transfer rate, and is good enough to work with windows ready boost if you want it too. I have used it on windows, linux and my xbox 360, and it all works plug and play no problems.
The stick also comes with software on it called Virtual expander. Virtual expander is compression software that works to compress files as you copy them to the memory stick. It theory, this means the stick will have much greater capacity than 4 gig. In reality, pictures and video cannot be compressed by very much at all, and because this is what would normally fill up a memory stick, the software isn't that useful (unless you do have 4 gig of just word documents, in which case its great).
In summary, this memory stick is perfectly fine for general use, and the compression software might be good in rare cases, and can be easily wiped if not needed. It is not the cheapest stick for its capacity, but then again you are getting a brand name, and it is built to last. I would recommend this product.
By today's standards this USB stick has quite a small capacity, but at 4 gigabytes this is still many MP3 albums a few films or hundreds of photos, words documents etc. The Sony Pocket Bit is better quality than all the other USB drives I have used around this size, it is faster than usual sticks but not as fast as firewire and E-sata because there are speed restrictions with USB as a protocol anyway.
The stick itself looks very nice, the black outer case and the colour strip looks very stylish. The physical size is small and fits in your pocket with ease; I can't imagine anyone complaining about the size.
The stick comes with some software called Virtual Expander, this basically compresses the data, and it supposedly can increase the storage by 3 fold. However this is totally dependant on what kind of file it is, but it does work to some extent.
This stick isn't the cheapest at this size but it is better quality than the usual sticks you see, and the Virtual Expander does work to an extent. If you want a fast reliable memory stick for important files, and don't mind paying a bit more then this is for you.
|Product Description:||Sony Pocket Bit - USB flash drive - 4 GB|
|Product Type:||USB flash drive|
|Storage Capacity:||4 GB|
|Interface Type:||USB 2.0|
|Software Included:||Virtual Expander|
|OS Required:||Apple MacOS 9, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Apple MacOS 9.2, Apple MacOS 9.1.x, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise, Microsoft Windows Vista Starter, Apple MacOS X 10.1 - 10.5|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||5 years warranty|