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I'm a fiend for losing USB keys. I mean once I went to Argos and actually lost it by the time I'd gotten home. So why would I want an even smaller USB key? Well in addition to being a fiend for losing things, I'm also a fiend for shiny things, especially those of an electronic nature. So when I saw that I could buy a version of what I already had but smaller I was sold. I ordered one off Amazon and had it within 3 days.
The flash drive costs £13.50 off Amazon but I'm sure it'll be considerably more expensive in a brick and mortar shop. I felt £13.50 was a bargain price for 8GB of storage. A 16GB model is available at twice the price for those who require more storage. My flash drive arrived in the usual really annoying plastic containers which take nearly an acetyline torch to open. Once I had it out though I was quite impressed. The drive is made of some form of high density plastic which appears to be quite resistant to bending. Now I'm not going to stress test this thing until it breaks but it seems to be more than capable of fending off the odd bump or bruise. The exposed contacts worried me initially but after two months usage I haven't noticed any problems. It has a few scratches but it still transfers files as quick as it ever did so I can't complain.
The drive itself is about the size of a paperclip, roughly 1cm across and 2.5cm long and aroud 2mm thick. In other words it is tiny. So small in fact that you'll easily forget it's plugged in to the computer and you might stroll off without it! Luckily the drive has the usual eye ring at one end which allows you to loop a string through and onto your keys. I use one which has a clip on one end so that I can take it on and off my keys. The drive is small enough to move around with your keys but it's nice not to have to plug in your front door keys everytime you want to use your USB key!
Using the key is the same as any other drive, simply plug and play. Transfer rates seem to be up to scratch and I haven't noticed any appreciable loss in speed when compared with my normal sized Integral models.
Overall I'm delighted with this purchase. The 8gb of space is really more than enough for anyone. If you REALLY need more room you can get the 16gb model and you'll be set. I'm struggling to find a downside to this item other than the fact it's so small you might forget about it! Really a 5 star product that has very few competitors.
To say that the Pico C USB stick is compact would be a serious understatement. Measuring a mere 2.7cm in length and 1.2cm in width it surely has to up there with the world's smallest USB drives.
The stick comes with a massive 8gb of storage space enclosed in a sliver chrome metal housing . As it is plug in play compatible the device was recognised on Windows XP, Vista and 7 in a matter of seconds. Write speeds aren't particularly fast but for a device so small this was to be expected.
Don't be fooled by its size though, it is very robust and well built. Its manufacturers even claim it to be waterproof; thankfully I have not had to put this claim to the test...yet!
Being so well built and small, the manufacturers have omitted any protective lid or cap. This may seem strange to many but having used it for over a year I have had no issues regarding damage to it. This size also means that you're less likely to bump if off your laptop or snap the stick in two.
The only downside to this stick is that it has a very tight fit in the USB port which can make it difficult when trying to insert it in. For the majority of computers this isn't a problem, but it can require a bit more effort than you would normally expect.
Overall this is a must buy if you want an ultra compact reliable USB stick.