Super-Dependable Super-Small Flash Drive: PNY Micro Sleek Attaché
May 3, 2012 (Updated May 3, 2012)
Review by Steven Mrak
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:tiny size for its capacity, good I/O speed, included lanyard/clasp
Cons:small size makes it hard to keep track of
The Bottom Line: PNY's Micro Sleek Attaché flash drive is tiny enough to wear for an earring, but I use it for transferring files. With an 8GB capacity, it's great for that, too.
It was only a few years ago that I found myself marveling that I could fit a whopping 256 MB of files onto a "thumb drive" the size of... well, the size of an average thumb. In keeping with Moore's Law, however, the capacity of USB drives continues to increase (if Moore is correct, we should move up from 64 to 128 GB sometime soon) and, even more fascinating, the little buggers keep getting smaller. Point in fact - I have an 8GB PNY Micro Sleek Attaché flash drive that's so tiny I have to keep it on a keychain to keep from losing it.
Recommend this product?
Yeah: the Micro Sleek is 1-1/8 inch long, 9/16" wide, and 5/16" thick. For comparison, a standard paper clip is about and eight of an inch longer...Plug the drive into a USB slot on your computer and the thing darned near disappears; projecting a mere 9/16" from the case. To help you keep track of the little guy, PNY ships it with a tiny nylon lanyard that fits through a loop molded on one corner. The lanyard; all told about 1-1/2" long, terminates in a lobster-claw clasp like you might find on a necklace or bracelet. The clasp fits on most key rings or metal loops in laptop bags, etc.
The "sleek" designation refers to the shape of the plastic case, which is hourglass shaped colored plastic. The half of the case without the loop pulls off to expose the USB plug. To improve its "grippyness," the case tapers toward the plug end and has little striae embossed on the edge.
Like all 8GB flash drives, the actual capacity is 8 billion bytes - but who quibbles over a few megabytes any more? The Micro Sleek family, which includes both 4- and 8-GB drives, is a USB 2.0 drive that's backward-compatible to USB 1.0 drives (at reduced speeds) and also works in my Dell XPS 17's USB 3.0 and combo USB/eSATA port. PNY claims that the write speed on a USB 2.0 port is "up to" 8MB/sec and the read speed is "up to" 25MB/sec. It's guaranteed to work with Windows versions ME and newer (not Win 98), Mac OS 8.6 and newer, and Linux kernel 2.4 and higher. I won't go into all the business about how many songs and pictures you can store - you already know that.
I use this mainly for transferring files between computers at work and at home. I prefer to use it when possible instead of my larger Lexar 32GB ReTrax flash drive because of that device's slower write speed (max 3.25 MB/sec). It has not failed me. Its small size allows me to keep it on a keychain or attached to the super-cool CodeMeter stick that obfuscates the licensing for my $250,000 software license. Since, unlike some, I don't leave it docked for long periods, I have had no problems at all with durability. The thing is not, after all, intended for permanent or even long-term installation. It's for storage and transfer - and for that, I give it five stars.
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