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I tend to use my Scandisk Cruzer USB Micro Skin stick for the playing and transfer of movies I have downloaded and watch them through my Xbox rather than for storage for which I have an external hard drive. It is both easy to use and simple to transfer data from and to. I have found from both experience and reviews that Scandisk is a very good and reliable brand to use.
The USB stick has dimensions of 7.9mm height, 52.2mm depth and 18.95mm width and thus is very small and compact as you would expect with a USB stick. The quality of the sick is very good in my opinion with a solid and study silver metal casing surrounded by a plastic jelly-like covering which keeps it from getting scratched, damaged and dirty. The USB adapter is on one end of the stick with a removable protective cap that is not attached in any way to the stick, which could be problematic due to misplacing it. The other end of the USB stick has a small hook that you can attach a string to.
The size of the Scandisk USB is a reasonable 8GB, which is large enough for me to put a film or a few episodes of TV series on. I store these on my pc so I have no need to keep them on my USB stick and can simply delete everything once I have watched them. The stick is, as I said above, very simple to use. There is no included software to install and so you can simply plug it in and go. The connection is the standard USB 2.0 port connection compatible with almost all equipment nowadays.
The spec states this USB stick is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Mac OS 9.1.x+, OS X v10.1.2+, Linux.
The transfer rate of the USB is very fast and impressive and playing things like movies through my Xbox is great. The end of the USB has a green LED light when connected to a device and this flashes during transfers which I personally like as I can see it working hard!
This is not only a reliable USB stick it is also a budget one, being about £10 when I bought it. For the size and quality of product I could not ask for better. Available in high street shops such as Curry's and online at Amazon, Play etc. I would highly recommend a Scandisk portable USB stick to anyone looking!
SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin 8GB USB Flash Drive
I had an existing SanDisk 4gb flash drive but it was running out of space to store my files and music on. I decided to stick with a known brand that had served me well, and purchase this 8 GB model.
It is rectangular in shape and very slim. I have two USB ports on my PC which are right next to each other. Some USB flash drives I plug in are very chunky and can end up blocking the second USB port as well. This though leaves just enough space for me to use the second USB port if I needed too.
It has a silicon casing over the plastic body and the removable cap is also made of the silicon type material. I would have preferred if the cap had been attached to the flash drive or if the USB was retractable like my old 4 GB model.
It doesn't come with a key ring but it has a hole at the top to put one in. I carry the USB in my pocket with me without the silicon cap as I would most likely lose it if I did.
When you plug it in, you copy files on and off it like any other drive. I don't have any figures but transfer speeds seem to be fast enough. It didn't come with any pre-loaded software for example to let you set a password on it.
I use it to save music and audio books along with my important files, and a few portable applications I may need if I use another PC like Mozilla Firefox, a music player and a word processor.
So far, none of my files have been corrupted or damaged while I have been using it. In the past, I used to have a USB flash drive, that would sometimes delete Word documents when I tried to save them from within Microsoft Word.
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I have given this 4 stars because the cap is not attached to the USB flash drive itself which can make it easy to lose.
Apart from that, there is nothing wrong with this. I can recommend this if you need a small portable flash drive you can carry with you in your pocket. I bought this for £11.50 and I would think the price was still around about the same.
SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin 8 GB
I always find it very handy to have several USB sticks because for me they are the most trustworthy storage media out there. I had CD's and DVD's before that broke or got scratched and where suddenly unusable. So I had to make a back-up of the back-up which didn't make any sense really. No I prefer USB sticks since they are always faster in writing and reading and a DVD.
I got this SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin 8 GB from my work and proved to be very handy to save my important documents like my reviews for Dooyoo! But I also save my pictures on there. Ever since my computer crashed and lost all my files I'm very careful. Scandisk is a known brand for me and had a USB stick of them before. They also make Mp3 players and other audio devices.
The USB stick is very simple and basic and comes in a white cream colour. The USB has a capacity of 8gb, enough for me to save photos and documents. The USB also got a little light so that you know when it's connected and active with the computer. The problem I have with the USB is the cap that isn't attached. You can imagine it always get lost and now I just use it without it because I have no clue where it is.
Important with a USB stick is that it should be very easy to use. No hassle with installation programs or anything else. This USB stick is perfect for it. You do not have to have programs on your computer or to install this USB stick for use. Because this stick uses "Plug and Play ' it works right away on your computer and operating system recognizes USB Stick! From that moment you can add or remove the files.
I saw that this USB stick costs around 10 pounds which I think is very cheap for 8gb. It's very easy to use and transferring and reading files goes quickly enough for me. You don't need to install any programs before you use it. All in all I'm very statisfied with this USB stick
Storage Capacity: 8192 MB
Length x width x height: 57.15 x 20.6 x 7.94 mm
Computer systems: Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Me, Vista, Linux, Mac OS
I managed to pick this up fairly cheaply (under £10) thanks to hotukdeals.
Ive had this a while and its not failed on me yet, its never been corrupted and gets used daily.
Its got a large memory for what i use it for, things such as uni work and games that im designing.
I also use it as a back up for many photos and videos, its able to hold lots of these and has a fairly quick access speed, even when its completly full.
I have connected it up to my tv/sterio and have played music and movies off of it, no problems with this and they are not jumpy, runs very smooth.
- Large memory in a small unit.
- Slightly bump resistant thanks to the rubber sleeve
- Able to write contact details on the other side
- Fast access, its got a good read and write speed
- Easy to carry around
- Has a built in light so you can see it when its plugged in, no forgetting?
- Might be better getting two 4gb versions, just incase one gets corrupt or you have an accident.
- Although there is a light its easily forgot because of the small size.
Compared to other flash drives I have used, the Sandisk Cruzer is small and efficient, and has a versy smart metallic design for day-to-day and university work. When plugged in a bright orange light illuminates at the back, and the whole drive is covered in a smooth plastic skin. Although most flash drives are getting smaller, it is still a pleasant surprise to have 8GB in such a tiny stick, and this comes in useful when you have two USB ports next to each other, with a bulky device plugged in each.
8GB should be more than enough for document and image storage, but if you have any significant amount of video files you may want something bigger, especially when they are high quality, and the price for this amount is very reasonable.
Overall it works extremely well and installs quickly. I have no complaints whatsoever from over a year of constant use, the only thing I have noticed is that with repeating handling the plastic covering and lid has come quite loose and now comes off easily, but this is just nitpicking.
I managed to pick up this Sandisk Cruzer Micro USB pretty cheap (around £18), great i thought large capacity, quite small, looks pretty tough. Yes it was for the first few weeks, and then it went downhill. The casing became loose and kept falling off after 2 months of everyday use; and it has a cap, of which I kept forgetting to pick up and ended up buying general replacements which didn't fit properly. After i finally decided enough was enough and binned the casing it started to rust just as expected. However it was still usable and tough without its casing. Yes the rusting was my fault for getting fed up but still for the price I'd rather spend a few pounds more and buy the Cruzer M3, no case, more attractive and has built in applications. Don't get me wrong it is a very good at what it does, just has nothing special, the best part of this USB Pen is the lanyard attachment on the end, probably one of the strongest I've come across. Well worth the buy, but not for everyday use.
The San Disk Micro Skin is a great priced USB stick and actually my favourite to date mostly for the the capacity, small form factor and the cheap price. I own 4 of them 3 the 8GB version and 1 of the 4GB version. as I you can see I think the 8GB version is much better value for money. The flash drive casing is one solid piece of metal unlike some cheap one which have a plastic casing around the chip and ends up breaking through time. This has a clear rubber skin around it and a matching clear rubber cap for the usb connection. This is great but I have lost the skins before as they have a tendancey to fall off (Saying this they still look good when no in the case). The drive is really small, its length is equivelent to 2x 2p coins and hieght is only 4mm with the skin off. At the back of the drive is a orange LED which flashes while plugged in to the computer. Annoyingly it does this all the time rather than when readinf or writing. Transfer is fast and supports ready boost this good especially when you consider its price. On the whole this is a great product.
Firstly, I would like to point out that my first Scandisk flash drive was faulty and was returned immediately to the store. This happens with the most reputable brands, and fortunately, the replacement has never been a problem.
This is a very attractive, well-designed flash drive. It's a handy size, although personally, I lose things that are this small!
I won't bore you with the capacity, there are other reviews that tell you how much music you can store on it.
A huge benefit to this particular flash drive is the solid design. Unlike most USB flash drives, the Scandisk is made as one solid structure meaning that it will not snap and bend as easily as cheaper products. If like me you are constantly moving and using your flash drive, this is definitely peace of mind.
A downside is the loose lid. As a teacher who is constantly moving about different classrooms plugging and unplugging all day, the lid becomes lost deep in my bag or deep in the paperwork on the desk! This is clearly dependant on the type of usage, and is just down to me being fairly clumsy!
I've owned a number of chunky usb sticks/keys/etc... ranging from 64mb usb 1.1 to 1gb. After using a friends Cruzer Micro I decided it was time to buy a larger stick with room for more than 10 albums.
The stick arrived from play.com in a sealed plastic and cardboard package - the usual memory card type packaging. After some effort, ripping, twisting, tearing, I was finally at the usb stick.
The stick comes with a rubbery clear cap and a rubbery sleeve to cover the main body. At the other end is a hard plastic loop used for attaching to key rings etc... This is also an orange light which glows or flashes depending on activity.
The stick is shipped formatted in NTFS, a standrd these days. The card has a high speed USB 2.0 transfer speed and the 8GB capacity is roughly 7.75GB once formatted.
The only downside with the stick is the rigid plastic key ring loop. This is cracked after 4 months on my keys and I'm now wondering whether it will fall off....
For £10 I'm chuffed, consider I paid £20 for a 512mb stick a few years ago.
SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin USB Flash Drive 4GB is a USB flash drive with a storage capacity of 4 GB. It is of average size.
Super little memory stick - i use mine for school (being a teacher i need it to hold photos, work, planning etc) It never gives it! Its had quite a bettering but is really resiliant!
In terms of memory, the SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin USB Flash Drive 4GB has a Hi-Speed USB interface of a 4 pin USB Type A and Windows ReadyBoost capable features. It can be connected to any computer with a USB port, and makes storing, sharing and transferring files a snap. Other features include brilliant green LED and a stylish metal caing with a clear skin and cap. The SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin USB Flash Drive 4GB is Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified but is backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports. In addition to that, the SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin USB Flash Drive 4GB is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Mac OS 9.1.x+ and OS X v10.1.2+, as well as is certified Windows XP and Mac OS X.
First things first, i saw this on play.com and immediately believe there to do an error. 8gb memory stick for 12 quid! what a bargain, i then read some consumer reviews on the site and saw that it was genuine, so i ordered one straight away!
Since ive had it, it has never broke down or malfunctioned in any way, its even been through my washing machine! But still works with the nice smell of lotus flower included.
I recently had to completely reformat my computer due to a virus, and backed up most of the iomportant documents i wanted to keep on the memory stick, but feared it may not work with the new software.
I was wrong, of course it worked. Even the shoddy computers in my workplace still accepted the Micro.
I know the price of memory sticks has dropped drmatically, but i still cant think of any reason why every in the world shouldnt have one of these.
There easy to use, compact and as reliable as your leather jacket
I grabbed this Sandisk USB key not too long ago for about £15 in PC World. I've always had some what of an addiction to new USB drives, being a bit of a geek (albeit a Mac one!) and like to pick a nice looking one up every now and again. Lord knows there's enough of the things floating about out there!
The Sandisk Cruzer is tiny, seriously tiny. It is the smallest thing currently on my keyring! The design is a great attraction, especially with the rubbery casing around the metal interior. Though I do have to say, losing the lid is extremely easy, but no real damage done there.
What I've noticed with this one, and still have no idea why, is that it performs quite a bit faster than other keys I have, and works fine when plugged in to my Mac keyboard as opposed to round the back - none of the others do!
If you're looking for a well priced USB drive, with a good amount of storage that works reliably, you can't really go wrong here!
its one of the tinier USBs around.. a good size to keep in your purse or pocket if you need to share documents with friends on the go.
its sleek simple styling is hard to fault. The micro skin gives it a nice tactile feel and almost makes you think it's water resistant unlike some of the other metallic ones. Whats for sure is that its gonna be hard to scratch the surface of this little thing.
my computer dectects it withina few seconds and I've had very little trouble with it. file transfers to and from it are speedy.
well this is relative, but for everyday use, 8 GB is generous enough. That's enough to store some serious artwork/design work you've created in photoshop if you need to bring work home from the office.
I like it, but i have tendency to misplace the cap unlike some of the other models where you can slide the connection into the casing.
8GB of storage is sufficient for:-
Around 2000 songs in MP3 format or
Around 3000 photos or
A couple of movies - depending on various factors such as length of movie, compression rate etc
Or any combination of the above.
The data transfer rate seems good on a USB 2.0 port in comparison to an older kingston version and certainly much faster than the unbranded 1GB freebie I got given.
Its quite small in size and fits easily in my purse in one of the card slots so I can easily have it with me all the time. Portability is important to me as I use this at work, home or at a friends house to show photos etc.
I have noticed with both of these memory sticks the silicone skin protective cover slides up and down and is not fixed in place. There is no tether to hold the lid on either, however, for the one of these I carry with me I have removed both cap and cover as mine is protected by a leather purse!
It has an LED in which lights up when data is transferring which is useful.
I bought two of these in a large Tesco store for £11.67 each. They can be bought online for as little as £9.99 but there may be delivery charges on top.
I have encryption software on mine incase I ever lose it as it has my budget spreadsheet on there. Also please remember to back up incase of loss!