SanDisk Cruzer Edge - USB flash drive - 16 GB

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SanDisk Cruzer Edge - USB flash drive - 16 GB

The 16GB Cruzer Edge USB Flash Drive is beautifully compact and looks great, but it can carry up to 16GB of your favourite music, photos and home vid...

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published 23/05/2012 | davidbuttery
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(3rd Jun '15) - Having another go at this. Will be fairly relaxed; don't expect me to review something every day. But I'll be around and about!
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Smaller than an AA battery!

Smaller than an AA battery!

There must surely come a point, in the not too distant future, where the ever-advancing capabilities of electronics miniaturisation become really rather more of a pain than a pleasure. In fact, we may well have arrived at just this point with the advent of the SanDisk Cruzer Edge flash drive. Now, the USB stick is a wonderful invention, and one which I would be totally lost without nowadays. Even in these days of "computing in the cloud", quite often it's necessary – or at least preferable – to have your data stored locally, and one of these thingamajigs is generally the best option as they have what you might call the three Cs: capacity, convenience and cheapness.

The thing most people will immediately notice about the Edge is that it is absolutely *tiny* – slightly shorter than an AA battery and considerably slimmer. Even when the slide-out plug is activated, it's not quite as long as my thumb from base to tip – making the term "thumb drive" entirely reasonable in this case! The main problem with this is that such smallness does make the Edge easy to lose if you're not careful. Yes, you can put it on a lanyard, and there's a hole at the non-business end for just that purpose; but let's face it, most people aren't going to do that all the time – and if it's just stuffed in a pocket, it can very easily disappear without your noticing until too late.

The Cruzer Edge is of standard USB 2.0 design, rather than following the newer and faster USB 3.0 standard, so you won't be transferring enormous files in ten seconds flat – but that does mean that it is compatible with just about anything you might want to connect it to. Officially it will work with Windows XP, Vista and 7, and with Mac OS X 10.5 or later, but I've had absolutely no problems using it with a variety of Linux distributions. The stick is made of light plastic, which feels a bit flimsy but in practice seems to be fairly robust, and you can buy it in a small range of colours: red, light blue or pink are your options for this 16 GB model.

The extras provided with USB sticks generally don't interest me much – this one has "SecureAccess" protection software, but it doesn't like Linux so I haven't been able to test it. I tend to feel that, if you really need to protect the data on any of your drives, a good third-party encryption package is probably your best bet – and if you're just storing your holiday snaps, you probably don't need one anyway. (Well, it does rather depend on exactly what you *did* on your holiday, I suppose!) There's also 2 GB of cloud storage, but that requires registration; if you already have a Dropbox (or the newly-announced Google Drive) you probably won't need it.

I haven't had any problems plugging in the Cruzer, and nor have I had trouble in getting any computer to recognise it or pick up the correct files. I'd expect this sort of smooth operation from a manufacturer as well-regarded and experienced in the field as SanDisk, but it's still nice to know. Street price for this drive is generally somewhere in the region of £10, which seems quite reasonable. Most of the big-name USB sticks are much of a muchness, so you may well end up deciding about this one on grounds of design alone: if you like a bit of heft then you might be irritated, but those who like the small, light feel should find it perfect.

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  • greenierexyboy published 29/05/2012
    Things I never thought I'd say about a USB stick, number 937: 'that looks quite swish'.
  • pgn0 published 23/05/2012
    For those who enjoy life at the edge...
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Product Information : SanDisk Cruzer Edge - USB flash drive - 16 GB

Manufacturer's product description

The 16GB Cruzer Edge USB Flash Drive is beautifully compact and looks great, but it can carry up to 16GB of your favourite music, photos and home videos, ready for you to access whenever you want. It's tough enough to resist life's bumps and bruises and your private files stay protected as well, with the password protection and encryption offered by SanDisk SecureAccess software.

Product Details

Product Description: SanDisk Cruzer Edge - USB flash drive - 16 GB

Product Type: USB flash drive

Storage Capacity: 16 GB

Interface Type: USB 2.0

OS Required: Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7, Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty, 2 years warranty ( regions not recognising "limited" warranty - 5 years ), 5 years warranty

Manufacturer: SanDisk

Storage Capacity in MB: 16

Long Name: Cruzer Edge 16GB

Software Included: SanDisk SecureAccess, SanDisk SecureAccess, YuuWaa Backup

Enclosure Colour: Light blue, Pink, White, green, White, orange, White, pink, White, blue

Encryption: 128-bit AES

Localisation: Latin America

General

MPN: SDCZ51-016G-B35, SDCZ51E-016G-B35U, SDCZ51E-016G-B35K, SDCZ51W-016G-B35G, SDCZ51W-016G-B35O, SDCZ51W-016G-B35P, SDCZ51W-016G-B35B

Product Type: USB flash drive

Storage Capacity: 16 GB

Compatibility: Non-specific

Enclosure Colour: Light blue, Pink, White, green, White, orange, White, pink, White, blue

Encryption: 128-bit AES

Localisation: Latin America

Image Colour Disclaimer: The image of the product displayed may be of a different colour

Memory

Interface Type: USB 2.0

Features: Password protection, sliding lid

Miscellaneous

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Compliant Standards: AES-128

Software / System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7, Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later

Software Included: SanDisk SecureAccess, SanDisk SecureAccess, YuuWaa Backup

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty, 2 years warranty ( regions not recognising "limited" warranty - 5 years ), 5 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years, Limited warranty - 5 years

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 4.54 g

Height: 45.97 mm

Depth: 8.13 mm

Width: 20.32 mm

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