Bonus Review: Verbatim Storage You Can Lose In a Flash
My mailbox -- not the electronic kind, but the cubbyhole reserved for me in our mailroom -- can attract some oddball gadgets. One of the weirder ones showed up on Friday: a Verbatim Store 'n' Go Micro USB Drive.
"Micro" is the operative word here: This flash-memory drive (or memory key, or USB key, or whatever you want to call it) only measures about an inch long, half an inch wide and a sixteenth of an inch thick. That's less than half the thickness of the USB ports it plugs into.
As such, the Store 'n' Go Micro -- available in 2, 4 and 8-gigabyte versions at around $12, $22 and $34 each -- represents an impressive feat of memory miniaturization. Unfortunately, it's less than practical.
Let's start with that tiny size, not much bigger than such microscopic memory-card formats as microSD. If one of these babies lands in the bottom of a cluttered desk drawer, purse or briefcase, you may not see it again for months.
(The packaging of the review model -- the usual annoying blister-pack plastic enclosure -- included a little lanyard, which Verbatim suggests you can use to attach the drive to a "cell phone or your key ring.")
These diminutive dimensions also create a usability problem. Unlike regular USB flash drives, this only occupies part of a USB port and therefore allows for no tactile feedback if you try to plug it in upside down. As a result, on three different USB ports I popped it into with the Verbatim label facing up, I had to flip it upside down to get the thing to work.
Store 'n' Go Micro drives also require more electricity than other USB flash drives, which prevents them from working in "low power" USB ports, such as those in many external hubs and most Apple keyboards.
So while I recognize the effort that went into this device, it's not something I'm tempted to put on my shopping list -- I just don't see a problem that this gizmo needed to solve. If, on the other hand, you would like to see something more compact than garden-variety USB flash drives, I'm sure you'll let me know in the comments.
May 4, 2009; 12:28 PM ET
Categories: Computers , Gadgets
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