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This is the 16GB version, although there are other GB sized one, which are easily seen as such by the different colours on them.
The physical size of this one are about 55mm long by 20mm wide and no more than 10mm thick.
It has the usual silver metal USB connector on one end, which does look like it has no cap to protect it but the covering is actually built in the sliding action as the central bit of this flash drive slides up and over the USB connector, giving it the protection it needs.
This means that there are no dangers of losing the cap, which happens with many capped drives.
Using it is as easy as any other. You just slide the casing away from the connector, slot the connector into the USB port of your PC, give it a few seconds to find the drivers and away you go. You're now up and running and can set about moving data to and from the drive.
It can be used on most modern OS, XP and above, even 8.1. It can also be used on Mac too
As for speed, well, this is the 3.0 version which means that it is going to be faster that your 2.0, and it is.
I can send a 700MB movie to it from my PC in just under 3 ½ minutes using the drag and drop method.
I also managed to send a 500MB mixed folder using copy and paste in under 3 minutes and a used the 'send to' to send a 100MB file which too under 40 seconds to get there.
This 16GB version can hold a lot of stuff, for example, 4000 average sized MP3 music tracks.
5000 good sized images, (10MP each).
250 minutes of MPEG4 footage.
The cost if this USB 3.0 drive is a nice £15, or there abouts.
Another of my didn't-know-I-needed-it-until-I-saw-it impulse buys, I spied this at half price recently in Sainsburys, of all places.
I bought the 8GB drive, after deciding it would work out at better value than the 4 GB one on the shelf beside it. This should hold around 2000 songs or 2500 photos. It seems unlikely that I'm ever going to want to store that much data on here, but at least the space is there if I do need it. Primarily I bought it to store photos, so I could plug it in to my television and bore any guests by watching my latest holiday snaps.
.. really small. At 5cm by 2 cm it's the kind of size I could easily lose. Which is where its tiny keyhole comes in handy. Or you could if you wanted attach a lanyard through it. Mine is black plastic and doesn't really look out of the ordinary except perhaps for the grooves running along its length (hence the pinstripe moniker). It's made of what feels like very lightweight (and cheapish) plastic. Never having dropped it I don't know how robust it is, but unless I were to accidentally stand on it I think it would survive. It doesn't have a separate lid but slides open and closed to gain access to the usb part which I'm happy with. One less bit to lose..
.. is simple enough. Just find an available usb port and off it goes. My home PC recognises it without any effort on my part, and very quickly at that. I use Windows XP and it hasn't caused any problems, so I imagine this is fine to use with more recent systems too. One plus is that it's got a depth of less than 1 cm, which makes it ideal for anyone like me who has two usb ports really close together.
Verbatim have pre-installed some software which apparently has a password protection facility as well as being able to compress the data stored, but I haven't used it as yet.
Once you've finished, to remove it, just click on the icon saying 'safely remove hardware'. This drive doesn't come with any instructions but even a technophobe like me has managed to use it without any issues.
And as for the stuff I've already stored on it, when I'm looking at photos on my HD television the pictures really do look good quality. That is all the nicer considering the camera I use isn't modern or high spec.
I paid £9.99 for this, which I think is very reasonable for an 8 GB drive. In my limited experience of using usb pens, this is one I would recommend as being good value and reliable.