The SanDisk 8GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive is a good example of how far flash based USB thumb drives have come in the past few years. When I first bought a USB thumb drive in 2003 I bought a 128MB drive for over $100. Today, you can buy a SanDisk 8GB USB Drive for well under $50. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the 8GB Cruzer Micro and see if it’s right for you.
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Of course, everybody these days has a thumb drive. I have at least a dozen of them ranging in size from the 128MB up to the SanDisk 8GB. What helps set the Cruzer Micro apart from the crowd since a thumb drive is a thumb drive, right? Here are some features I found attractive about it.
One of the big selling points for me was the fact that the SanDisk 8GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive is a secure drive. I like to have certain sensitive information that I carry with me and I really needed the security offered by the U3 smart technology that allows you to carry files and software with you securely. This technology also allows you to carry your preferences like wallpaper, favorites and profiles with you to other PCs. One warning here though, you won’t be able to use this feature fully under Windows Vista or on a XP system that has been tightly secured itself, something that is increasingly common in businesses.
Another thing I liked about the SanDisk 8GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive was that it has a retractable USB port. Of those other USB drives I mentioned, I think I’ve lost the cap to about half of them. That won’t happen with the Cruzer Micro. The body seems tough and durable and the guts of SanDisk drives hold up well too. For example, I ran an older SanDisk thumb drive through a washing machine cycle and it still works fine.
The bottom line is that I think that if you’re in the market for a USB thumb drive you can’t go wrong with the SanDisk 8GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive, particularly at its current price point.