"Compact, Quick, Cool Factor = 7.0, BUT software bundled with drive includes spyware/adware: BEWARE!"on by KWheelzSB
Pros Very Compact, Durable, Works as advertised, Cool Blue LED, Leash & Keyring,
Cons SPYWARE/ADWARE is transparently bundled with some or all of the optional use software on the drive! BEWARE!
Summary Kudos to Sandisk for developing an ultra-compact durable drive with a cool factor to boot.
Shame on Sandisk however, for bundling extremely limited (SE/trial) software on this drive that includes spyware/adware, which will infect your computer (only if you install the software). The spyware/adware presence is transparent to the user, so unless you're one of those rare individuals who actually read the entire EULA before clicking the "I accept" button & installing the applications, you won't know you've infected your computer with the web monitoring software from www.doubleclick.com until you start noticing performance problems with your computer. The "Cruzerlock" application pre-installed on the Cruzer Micro drive definitely has spyware bundled with it. The others I cannot speak for, since I stopped after that one. I got suckered into installing the timed trial of Cruzerlock, then started experiencing slow performance on my computer & slow web surfing, in conjunction with references in my browser's download information bar to www.doubleclick.com (a site I had never visited before) while I was visiting other sites directly (not linking). I can't tell you which of the other applications also contain spyware, because I don't trust ANY software provided by Sandisk corporation at this point. I deleted all of it from my Cruzer Micro drive & strongly suggest anyone else do the same before using this drive. Please be aware: Sandisk, and/or the 3rd party publisher of any such software titles (bundled with SPYWARE & pre-installed on these drives) GET PAID for each sucker who installs the applications, because each installation infects a new machine with this SPYWARE & makes money for the SPYWARE company by tracking your web-surfing & then targeting pop-up ads and SPAM based upon your surfing habits. THIS IS NO JOKE - TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Sandisk created a beautiful flash drive in this Micro, but in my opinion, they got greedy with the "upgrade from hobbled software" option and the get paid per installation model - all at your expense as the consumer. Many competitors offer similar software utilities in full version with the purchase of their drives. Do yourself a favor - if you decide to get this drive, delete the software on it straightaway. I wish I had. Merely plugging the drive in will not corrupt your machine - you need to actually install the applications to cause a problem.
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I've been able to undo most of the damage using Spyware Doctor, but this program has a "watchdog" script built in & keeps reinstalling itself automatically, even after removal. NIIICE. Thanks Sandisk.
Pros Small size is out of the way, good capacity
Cons Lanyard can break easily; have lost one because of this
Summary I have used this Flash Drive for about a year and a half now, and have not had any problems with the flash drive other than the caps don't stay on well. The main problem I had was that the lanyard that is included is crap. If you do get this drive, either don't use a lanyard, or get a different one that can fit this drive. I have already lost one and had to replace it because of this. At $40 (CDN) per drive, this is not a good thing. Lanyard aside, I can heartily recommend this drive. In the time I've used it, I have not had any problems.
Pros Love the 30 days trial of CruzerSync app loaded on it!
Cons none I can think of
Summary Cruzer Micro is the best and easiest way I find to transport, edit and backup my entire Outlook mailbox and my personal documents (bookmarks, word, excel, powerpoint, mp3 etc.) thanks to CruzerSync application preloaded on it.
I will definitively recommend this "sleek design" USB Flash Drive to my friends.
"Does what it says"on by ticktack
Pros Transfers data without any problems
Cons Sometimes slow transfer rate
Summary Why does it come with data on it that hogs up a couple of MB of space, seems like a waste to me
Pros Can find for $50 or less. Cool blue light. Simple to use. Gets a lot of slack for being slow buts thats a lot of trash. If this is slow you must be quite the impatient person.
Cons it does not do my laundry