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USB flash drives have been sold commercially since year 2000, the first Flash drive having a storage capacity of 8MB. Now, ten years later I am reviewing this Verbatim usb flash drive, which has 1000 times the storage capacity of the first usb flash drive on the market and can be bought for a mere £12 or so!
This Verbatim flash drive is built of plastic and weights hardly anything. Yet it feels sturdy. It has a retractable usb connector tip, so there is no lid to be lost, yet you can protect the usb connector, which is the most sensitive part of the unit. It has a hoop in it so that you can connect it to your keychain if you wish. It also has a blue LED light, which will light up when data is being transferred. It's a good quality product that will withstand normal use and wear and tear.
Although modern flash drives have USB 2.0 connectivity (while being backwards compatible with the USB 1.1 standard, which is much slower), they don't currently take advantage of the full transfer speed capabilities of the UBS 2.0 format, which is 480 Mbit/s (60MB/s). The full speed available through USB 2.0 can not be taken advantage of because of limitations in the NAND flash chip format. File transfer speeds vary quite a lot, the faster drives often claiming to be able to read at about 30 megabytes/s and write at about 15 megabytes/s. For this Verbatim flash drive, the speeds are 32 megabytes/s read and 17 megabytes/s write, so in other words, by current standards, the transfer speeds are very competitive!
My girlfriend gave me this flash drive as a surprise gift, and it happened to be just what I needed to transfer files between my desktop and laptop computers. It comes preloaded with password protection software, however, thankfully you can choose to bypass this and use it as a normal usb drive. I haven't actually tried the password protection software, but from what I've heard it works well. It's reasonably fast to copy files to and from the flash drive, I've never had any problems with it, and it's a solid, reliable and sturdy unit.
8GB is a good amount of space, meaning you could fit in almost as much as two full DVDs of content. You would be able to fit in about 11 compressed feature length films or, depending on quality and length and such, between 1200 and 2500 songs. Depending on size and quality, between 1600 and 13000 pictures. These are not marketing numbers grabbed from somewhere, but my own estimations, based on my files, with a generous span from low quality/short length to high quality bigger files. I don't believe there is a scientific way to make exact measures of how many files you could fit on any storage device, because there are too many factors influencing the size of each individual file. Personally I am always of the opinion that bigger/more is always better, however, the larger flash drives are also considerably more expensive. 8GB has nice correlation between price and performance/size.
This is a good quality usb flash drive with competitive transfer speeds. It comes preloaded with password protection software, although you can easily choose not to use it and use it as a normal flash drive. Build quality is solid, the usb connector tip is retractable, for protection, and there is a light which blinks while transferring data. If 8gb is the amount of space you need, then I would whole heartedly recommend this.