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Tom Cruise would be jealous. Not because he needed this little guy to steal the NOC list in MI:1, but because it is just slightly taller than he is. Which is to say that it is small. Impossibly small. Maybe a little TOO small. I bought a 16Gigger thinking that I could thread a paper clip through the little metal loop and keep it on my key chain, but even the little metal loop is too small for that mission. I ended up attaching a lanyard from my flashlight, which works extremely well to pop this little sucker out of my USB slot. It would have been nice if it came with a detachable lanyard of its own or at least a roll of dental floss, should one be so inclined to fashion a dual purpose flash drive/dental hygiene apparatus. 4 out of 5 dentists would approve. Be warned, without a lanyard of some sort, you’ll wish Tom Cruise would drop down from the A/C vent in your ceiling, precariously suspended by a complex system of cables and pulleys, and use his tiny hands (which incidentally are registered as lethal weapons in 50 states) to pry this tiny little bugger out of your USB slot. The edges are slighly beveled, which is better than nothing, but not enough for these man mitts. This however, does not detract from my 5 star rating because that’s the point, son. This thing is meant to be small. And to that, my fellow Amazonians, I say: mission accomplished.
I bought this for my wife to use with her new car stereo, as it has a USB input for mp3 playing. I have to say, when plugged in, you can hardly see this drive. It actually looks like a button on the stereo. You hardly notice it at all.
As for usability: The drive’s read and write speed are not lightning quick, but are fast enough for what we use it for. The stereo it’s used in never has and read or loading problems, never had a glitch. This flash drive does have a very small yellow/orange LED on the back. For our particular use, it flashes when first plugged in or when the stereo is first turned on, but it does not flash or blink while it’s in use or when every file is accessed. This is a good thing, as it would be pretty annoying to have an LED constantly blinking while you’re driving, especially at night.
The drive also has a small lanyard hole, but we’re not using it. It’s nearly microscopic, though. Also included is a small cover to keep the contacts protected when not plugged in. Finally, the file stability seems to be pretty good with this drive. We’ve not had a problem with corrupted or missing files.
As another reviewer stated, this device is very small. It can easily be lost and is not intended to be constantly plugged in and removed. It’s intended to be a semi-permanent emplacement.
Overall, this USB drive has performed beyond expectations and met all my requirements. I would highly recommend.
It’s so small I lay awake at night wondering where I put it. When I vacuum the carpet I have constant panic attacks. When I drink my milk I fear I swallowed it. Then there’s the cat! AAAAHHRrrrrggg!
Other than that, it’s an awesome little thumb drive. I boot Linux from it and stores tons of files. So small, so sneaky. Mine came in a blister pack, in a little padded envelope in my mailbox.
Some time later…
After all the excitement, this one failed 2 weeks after I got it. I bought an 8 GB model which has been fast and flawless for several months now.
I run a laptop with an 80Gb SSD drive to keep performance high and also to extend battery life. The idea of having additional storage for files that is permanently connected to the laptop is a good one for me, and that’s what attracted me to trying out this extremely diminutive USB flash drive. It largely fills the need, with one major caveat.
This device is actually smaller that the photo might seem to lead you to believe. (The photo here shows the storage cap, which you will not be using if you plug this device, as I did, into a USB port and leave it there.) When inserted into a standard USB port, this thing is so small that it makes most USB wireless connectors for mice, pointers, etc., look positively large in comparison. It is so small that you can essentially just plug this into an open USB port and leave it there, without having to disconnect it every time you put the laptop into a bag, etc. It really is that small, and that’s exactly what I wanted: a way to leave a storage device like this permanently plugged into my laptop so that I can use it is kind of a “second” drive. It is filling that need just fine, and so I am largely happy with it.
The caveat is that transfer speeds are not what I had hoped for. It is operating as USB 2.0 speeds, I am sure, but likely only barely so. There are there some pretty unpleasant transfer times for large files, particularly when copying TO the device (that is, transfer speeds, which are “write” speeds, are much slower than “read” speeds FROM the device, totally expected, of course.) I keep a large photo album on the device, and when I open Picasa up to browse the albums, there is a small pause while the reading takes place and the thumbnails are presented, but everything works fine. It’s just that it is not the speed of a normal external USB drive, and certainly not the blazing fast speeds of a flash SSD drive. That’s too bad, because this device is a flash device, and it could actually have been much faster than it is.
Considering its physically small size, its storage capacity, and its very reasonable price, I can easily give this a 4-star rating. Once we get the manufacturer to release a larger storage version with increased read and write speeds, we can up this to a 5-star rating. But I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wises to add “permanent” storage to a laptop in an almost invisible manner. Great idea!