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Nice Idea that (Largely) Lives Up to Expectations,
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This review is from: SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 32GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive- SDCZ33-032G-B35 (Personal Computers)
I run a laptop with an 80Gb SSD drive to keep performance high and also to extend battery life. The idea of having additional storage for files that is permanently connected to the laptop is a good one for me, and that's what attracted me to trying out this extremely diminutive USB flash drive. It largely fills the need, with one major caveat.
This device is actually smaller that the photo might seem to lead you to believe. (The photo here shows the storage cap, which you will not be using if you plug this device, as I did, into a USB port and leave it there.) When inserted into a standard USB port, this thing is so small that it makes most USB wireless connectors for mice, pointers, etc., look positively large in comparison. It is so small that you can essentially just plug this into an open USB port and leave it there, without having to disconnect it every time you put the laptop into a bag, etc. It really is that small, and that's exactly what I wanted: a way to leave a storage device like this permanently plugged into my laptop so that I can use it is kind of a "second" drive. It is filling that need just fine, and so I am largely happy with it.
The caveat is that transfer speeds are not what I had hoped for. It is operating as USB 2.0 speeds, I am sure, but likely only barely so. There are there some pretty unpleasant transfer times for large files, particularly when copying TO the device (that is, transfer speeds, which are "write" speeds, are much slower than "read" speeds FROM the device, totally expected, of course.) I keep a large photo album on the device, and when I open Picasa up to browse the albums, there is a small pause while the reading takes place and the thumbnails are presented, but everything works fine. It's just that it is not the speed of a normal external USB drive, and certainly not the blazing fast speeds of a flash SSD drive. That's too bad, because this device is a flash device, and it could actually have been much faster than it is.
Considering its physically small size, its storage capacity, and its very reasonable price, I can easily give this a 4-star rating. Once we get the manufacturer to release a larger storage version with increased read and write speeds, we can up this to a 5-star rating. But I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wises to add "permanent" storage to a laptop in an almost invisible manner. Great idea!
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2012 12:47:37 PM PDT
Eric Peterson says:
I agree with this review. This drive is best for inserting and leaving in a laptop that can then be carried in a case without worrying about it breaking off. The plastic cover over the metal body came off over a year ago, so mine is bare metal. I've been using it well over a year without problems. But like a lot of reviewers said, it is slow.
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 12:30:24 AM PST
USB 2.0 caps at 480 megabits per second which loosely translates to about 60 megabytes per second. It's not so much USB 2.0 that's the problem it's just the smaller the NAND ROM chips the slower they will write.
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