- Created on 17 June 2010
One of the smallest of the USB Flash drives from the SanDisk range, the SanDisk Cruzer Blade comes in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB (reviewed here) and represents the value end of the SanDisk flash drives. Available for ~£18 (at the time of writing) the 16GB drive offers excellent value for money, however you get what you pay for as regards the performance of the drive.
The SanDisk Cruzer Blade comprises two tone red and black plastic casing, that as well as encompassing the memory itself, also covers the USB connector as well. In our tests this appeared to give the casing quite a bit of integrity (with previous USB flash drives we have tested the USB port, when not part of the casing, has often ended up snapping off; if carried around on a key ring after prolonged use). The casing also has a hole for attaching the memory stick to a keyring. Sizewise the memory stick measures a small ~ 4cm (length) x 1.5cm (width) x 0.5cm (height) meaning that it will easily fit in a pocket without creating undue uncomfort!
We tested the performance of the drive using ATTO Disk Benchmark diagnostic softare to record the read and write speeds and these came in at a fairly uninspiring 5MB/sec read and 19MB/sec write speeds which are certainly not at the top end of transfer speeds. Nonetheless the drive offers excellent value for money for users simply wanting to share the odd photo or document, however if you are intending to buy a USB memory stick for more industrious data transfer tasks, the SanDisk Cruzer Blade just won't be up to the job and we would recommend selecting something a bit faster!
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