PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB

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PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB

This new version of the popular Attaché proposes a nice and innovative capless design but also a great transfer rate. Thanks to the Attaché Premium Ca...

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Review of "PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB"

published 10/10/2009 | EVIT
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Pro Interesting concept
Cons bad design and cheaply constructed... they end up breaking
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Ease of Installation
Ease of use

"PNY Attaché... they all break in the end"

Review of PNY USB Flash Drive - 4GB

INTRO

What I'm going to review is a USB flash drive made by PNY Technologies, Inc, a manufacturer of various computer gadgets that now is getting more and more famous and renowned. Among the most famous (and bought) products of this company there are: USB flash drives like this one, memory cards, GeForce graphic cards and RAM slots.
I won't spend too much time saying what this device is for... you can use it for back-ups of your precious data, transfer files from computer to computer and so on and so forth... 4GB is up till today still very decent capacity for all kind of users, the only higher capacity model for now reaches 8GB and 16GB, if I'm not mistaken.

DESCRIPTION

This USB flash drive is quite nice looking, it doesn't beat my SanDisk (previously reviewed) but it has its own appeal. The best practical feature is perhaps its design. As it can be seen from the image provided by Ciao.co.uk, this device is composed by two parts, the internal part with USB port and an external cover. The two parts are attached together but the internal one can turn on itself to either reveal the USB port (when you need to use it) or hide it away. It's quite a friendly design because it keeps covered the USB without the need of a cap (which can be lost as it happens with many similar devices) and it also prevents some people from using your flash drive... you would be surprised to know how many people were puzzled about how to open it!
Colourwise is nothing special, the one I have was mostly black, sometimes green. The size is much bigger than other brands (the SanDisk one for example is very thin and small) but I hardly consider that as something bad, you DON'T want to loose 4GB too easily afterall! The price, however, was quite high when I bought it. Other brands offered double the capacity for the same money, honestly I don't know these days, prices have surely dropped on the 4GB devices.

There is however a BIG downside to it (regardless of what I was in another review of the same product but of a different capacity). All these PNY devices end up breaking... to be more precise it's not uncommon that the metal plug of the usb starts getting loose in its socket (in the worst cases gets lost into the device). Other friends of mine who had bought in the past the same device had the same problem. It doesn't depend on the "tact" of their owners but it's a design fault.

If you see these in offer just stir away and go for a sandisk product which are more simply designed and impossible to break

Here are some specifications:
- Compatible with USB 2.0 specification (and USB1.0)
- Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista
- Writing & reading speed: 10MB/s & 25MB/s
- Capacity: 4GB
Dimensions:
- Length: 69mm
- Width: 19mm
- Thickness: 10mm
- Weight: 14 grams

It comes with a software but I never installed it, no idea what was it about but it's not needed to use the flash drive with your computer. It is of course XP and Vista fully compatible so no problem on either OS. It is also MAC compatible but I haven't had the occasion to try that. It has a little keyring holder but it's not too practical and perhaps easy to break (yeah that one too). I never used it anyway, I simply slip this thing in my pockets and that's it.

CONCLUSION

So my opinion of this product is really bad. I would never buy it again because I know they end up breaking, often they are not even the cheapest on the market. The clumsy design is clearly a fault in this product and makes it very unreliable.

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Comments on this review

  • chocoholic published 17/04/2010
    Sounds like a poorly designed product, the idea was good though!
  • catsholiday published 17/03/2010
    Shame as the capless design seemed a good idea
  • larsbaby published 27/01/2010
    Shame, given the price drops over time though, I guess they have a limited shelf life anyway
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Product Information : PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB

Manufacturer's product description

This new version of the popular Attaché proposes a nice and innovative capless design but also a great transfer rate. Thanks to the Attaché Premium Capless concept, you'll never be afraid to loose your cap while using the drive. With a 14MB/sec reading speed the Attaché Premium Capless is a "must have".

Product Details

Product Description: PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB

Product Type: USB flash drive

Storage Capacity: 4 GB

Interface Type: USB 2.0

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Linux 2.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

General

MPN: P-FD4GBA2M7-BX

Product Type: USB flash drive

Storage Capacity: 4 GB

Compatibility: Non-specific

Memory

Read Rate: Up to 14 MB/s

Write Rate: Up to 6 MB/s

Interface Type: USB 2.0

Features: LED access indicator

Miscellaneous

Compliant Standards: RoHS

Software / System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Linux 2.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 19 mm

Depth: 69 mm

Height: 10 mm

Weight: 14 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 70 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 0 - 95%

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