PNY Micro Sleek 8GB Plum Flash Drive: So Flimsy It Should Be Labeled “Disposable”
Mar 6, 2012
Review by noangels
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Great capacity for everyday storage, reasonable price, nice color
Cons:Not at all durable, no access light
The Bottom Line:
Due to the lack of durability, I wouldn’t recommend this flash drive. It worked well when it worked, but since it only lasted a month, it was practically disposable.
Flash drives are one of my “must have” items. I always have one in my pocketbook and rely heavily on it to stay organized personally and professionally. I like knowing I have my shopping list, resume, and in-progress reviews with me at all times. The unfortunate side effect of my portable storage reliance is that I go through flash drives frequently. I inevitably outgrow my storage capacity or physically damage the drives, necessitating their replacement. My last drive was a PNY Micro Swivel Attache Flash Drive, which was one of the longest lasting drives I’ve owned. I thought it had a great design, which restored my faith in PNY after I had a terrible experience with a few of their drives, including the PNY Pink Swivel Flash Drive.
Recommend this product?
Since the Swivel was only available in the 4GB capacity, I chose the PNY Micro Sleek 8GB USB Flash Drive as its replacement. It worked well for a month before I found myself back in the market for a new flash drive.
The small size of this flash drive was the primary reason it appealed to me. I have damaged a number of drives in the past because they protruded too far from the USB port. This drive is only about half of the size of my thumb in length, measuring 1.2” long by 0.6” wide by 0.4” thick, and weighing only 1.6 ounces. When inserted into a USB port, it sticks out no further than the length of my thumbnail. This design minimizes the risk of damage to the drive by impacts while it’s plugged into the computer, but it also makes it easier to lose in my pocketbook or laptop bag. I found it less so when the included loop is connected. This drive does not have a light to indicate when the drive is being accessed.
The exterior of the drive is a translucent purple plastic, which was visually pleasing but not at all durable. There is a small plastic ring for the loop at the end of the drive, which broke when I accidentally banged it into the side of my desk shelf, only two weeks after I purchased it. I considered replacing the drive at that point because it made it too difficult to find in my purse. A week and a half later, the outer casing started slipping off of the USB whenever I tried to pull the drive out of my computer, leaving the metal exposed and still in my USB port.
This drive is extremely easy to use, just like any other plug n’ play device. It supports USB 2.0 and is backwards compatible to USB 1.1. It is stated as being compatible with Windows and Mac. I had no issues using it with my Windows XP, Vista, and 7 machines.
This flash drive has an 8 gigabyte (GB) capacity, which was more than enough for my everyday use. I was able to store all of my current and important documents, as well as photos from my latest family event (80 files from my SLR), my current music obsession (Daughtry’s new album), and a movie for entertainment emergencies, with a
GB to spare. On average, 8 GB can store about 1500 photos or 1800 songs.
I purchased this flash drive on sale on BestBuy.com for $12.99. I would typically consider this a good price for a small 8GB flash drive, but considering how long it lasted, I definitely didn’t get my money’s worth.
The product came with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty for defects. I didn’t bother trying to replace the unit under warranty because I suspected PNY would say the product failed due to mishandling and if I did get a replacement, I would have likely havr had the same issue.
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