With many USB storage devices crowding the market it’s difficult to decide which one to grab. After all, it can be pretty overwhelming with all the different models offering different designs, performance and capacities. Today we will be reviewing a flash memory product from SanDisk, the SanDisk Cruzer with a capacity of 8GB.
USB storage devices can often look similar to each other however, the SanDisk is able to stand out from the crowd. With a black and red colour scheme the storage device looks very appealing and is easy to recognize amongst other USB devices. It’s small, compact and has a stylish curve on the end, which helps separate it from the usual rectangle design of USB storage devices. The front of the device has “SanDisk” written in red and on the back it shows information about the device, such as the model. While the design of this USB storage device was attractive, we were a little disappointed by the absence of an activity light.
The SanDisk Cruzer 8GB flash drive offers 8GB of storage space. 8GB of storage is plenty for those who work in an office and need to transfer documents though if you wish to store files such as HD media then the 8GB capacity may be a tad limiting. This SanDisk flash drive is a USB 2.0 device so we are not expecting ground breaking performance, especially since USB 3.0 storage devices are becoming increasingly common and more affordable. We decided to test the read and write speeds of this USB memory stick using the CrystalDiskMark software.
The read speeds of this device are very impressive, reaching a high of 23MB. These read speeds are very acceptable for a USB 2.0 device and should be ample for most users however, we were disappointed by the write speeds, which topped out in our test at 3.6MB. This write speed is fine for most users however, it does mean a slightly longer wait when transferring large files.
The SanDisk Cruzer 8GB has an attractive design using the colours black and red though we were somewhat disappointed that this model does not have an activity light. This device offers a capacity of 8GB with good read performance and acceptable write performance which makes it ideal to use to store files such as documents and media files.