Pros: Excellent design, tiny, good capacity, easy to use, stylish, reasonable price
I rely heavily on removable storage for productivity. Since I often switch between my work computer, personal laptop, and netbook, it helps to have my pending projects with me everywhere. This dependency on removable storage has resulted in a tumultuous relationship with flash drives. Since most drives protrude a few inches from the USB-port, it's easy to accidentally kick one plugged into a computer tower a floor or bang it into objects while plugged into my laptop. I try to be careful, but inevitably a few slip-ups claim the functionality of my flash drives each year.
Though my Geek Squad Flash Drive has been relatively durable, I've tried several flash drive options in an attempt to reduce the risk of damaging my storage. I had hoped my PNY Swivel Flash Drive would protrude less prominently from the USB-port, but the swivel-end actually resulted in a larger protuberance to avoid and the flimsy design ensured it broke immediately. The experience turned me off to PNY, until I spotted the PNY Micro Swivel Attache 4GB Plum USB Flash Drive. I think I've finally found a long-lasting removable storage solution!
The sleek-looking exterior seems to be durable, showing no wear from being carried in my purse amongst my keys. I purchased the plum model, but it's also available in blue, green, and silver. The small size works well for carrying it anywhere. Closed, the entire drive is about half the length of my thumb. When fully open, it measures 0.2"Hx1.2"Wx0.5"D. It can be fastened to a keychain with the small metallic purple/silver loop on the end.
Similar to the last swivel design, this drives swivels, but does so manually with the user pushing/pulling the USB out of the casing that protects it when closed. This manual operation allows the user to use the drive in any position, including fully open (straight) or at a 90-degree angle, allowing it to be flusher with the system (protruding only 0.5"). This design makes it less susceptible to impact damage. It's everything the previous model should have been.
This drive is easy to use, functioning as a plug-and-play device. Simply plug it in a USB-port and start using it. It's compatible with PC and Mac. I've had no issues using it with Windows XP, Vista, and 7.
The 4 gigabyte (GB) capacity allows for a moderate amount of mobile storage. I primarily use it to store important documents, recent photos, and current music obsessions. 4GB is always plenty of space for me, even when storing my large digital-SLR photographs. This capacity can generally hold 700-1000 photos or songs, or thousands of documents. I think it would meet most users' needs who are looking to transport important files. It's not a good external hard drive alternative, nor would any flash drive be an economical choice for this purpose.
I purchased this drive on sale for $14.99 on BestBuy.com, which I consider reasonable for the drive size, design, and capacity.