I was looking for a replacement for my son's old 2 Gig Flash Drive. After looking at Amazon's extensive selection, we decided to get this one. Our main deciding factors were price and the amount of Gigs it had to offer - compared to others. It was delivered within a week of placing my order, that's with "Free Super Saver Shipping", too. Upon arrival, I was amazed at the compact and slim line design. This thing is smaller than a standard cigarette lighter! It is also pretty solid.
Upon plugging it into my computer, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has its own programming - that is built into the drive itself. There is even a little video tutorial that pops up once you insert it to your port. I realized that his flash drive actually has a LOT of cool features. It allows you to manage your files and folders in a convenient & logical way. It lets you store and play your music with a built in mp3 player function. They have a special program that lets you organize and explore your photos (built in to the drive). It smartly creates slideshows, which makes it perfect for sharing your pics with family & friends. It even has a built in internet browser - with a little app store - where you can get other cool applications to enhance your info storage. AND besides all of that, they have an optional back-up system that allows you to store your stuff in a back-up cloud storage space. This little thing has its own desktop... so it is extremely easy to navigate and utilize all of these useful functions. I have Windows XP Pro on my desktop, and my son has Windows Vista (on an Acer Laptop no less). Neither of us had any problems sharing, loading or storing data. I was very happy and it was an unexpected bonus to get all of these perks packed into such a compact design. I can't say enough about it. I am going to buy one for myself - that is how happy I am with this Flash Drive.
As for the physical attributes - there is a metal top, which twirls around to reveal the USB connector end. Looking at the picture, I thought that the metal part only went so far... but it actually spins around 360 degrees, which is a good thing. It easily allows you to insert the Flash Drive into the port. I was a bit concerned that that silver part was going to block it somehow, or make it a pain to use. But, no problems, actually it is a very smart design! Also, when you swivel the metal part, it does not spin around loosely. It will only open or close if you want it to, which is also a good thing. I am delighted with this flash drive. For the price, I just might buy a FEW, to give as gifts for the upcoming holidays. It's just that cool! This little gadget gets an A+!
Purchased to help a new teacher keep her digital life straight as she transitions into the chaotic world of public education. It's worked!
Kingston DataTraveler is a great buy and well worth the effort. I especially appreciate the extra (included) browser since my memory is low. It enhances my web experience while I wait to upgrade.