PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 8 GB

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PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 8 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 - 8 GB"

published 09/04/2009 | EVIT
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Pro capless concept, reliable, robust design
Cons a bit pricey compared to the competition
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"a nice 8GB contraption"

==Review of PNY USB Flash Drive - 8GB==

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... 8GB is plenty for all kind of users, the only higher capacity model for now reaches 16GB.

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. 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 8GB too easily afterall! The price, however, is quite high. Other brands offer double the capacity for the same money. There are many others cheaper brands which are just as reliable as this. I can see it on Play.com for £16.99 and Amazon.co.uk for just above £13, I'm sure it has been cheaper during some of their monthly deals. If anything bad has to be said about this product that is perhaps its normal retail price, although I've seen it going for much less at times.

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: 8GB

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. 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 overall good although I wouldn't buy it just because I could get the same capacity from other brands for much much less money. Nonetheless I would indeed suggest it if you can find it at a discounted price. A part from the price issue, I can't really say anything against this product, it has a more chunky design than most but as I said, that could be actually an advantage.

AVAILABILITY & PRICE

Play.com £16.99
Amazon.co.uk £13.17

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  • djtmj published 27/05/2009
    Nice review, everything you want
  • retireduser published 19/05/2009
    Nice review and sounds like it gets the job done. ^_^
  • tallulahbang published 11/05/2009
    16 quid seems reasonable; mine cost nearer 40 a few years back. xx
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Product Information : PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 8 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 - 8 GB

Product Type: USB flash drive

Storage Capacity: 8 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-FD8GBA2M7-BX

Product Type: USB flash drive

Storage Capacity: 8 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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