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Team C12G 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12G4GB01
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1 out of 5 eggs The advertised "removable", "hot-swappable" and "easy to carry" capabilities are more like... theoretical concepts. 01/16/2014

This review is from: Team C12G 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12G4GB01

Pros: Flash drive capability works as described so far.

Cons: Accessories (cap, lanyard) that came with drive are useless.
Drive can't, practically-speaking, be used for transporting data, begging the question -- "what do I use this for"?

Other Thoughts: I got a couple of these drives because I was attracted to the low profile and small form-factor. (I have a front USB port on my desktop -- which is on the floor -- and I kept bumping into my old flash drive and was afraid I'd break it one day, so this was the solution I came up with.)

As soon as I liberated this drive from it's plastic container, I started to become aware of the ways in which an insufficient amount of thought was put into the design of this product.

The drive comes with a lanyard and a plastic cap. The first thing I noticed (that may not be a big deal for some) was that there is no logical place to put the cap when the drive is in use. (It doesn't fit on the back of the drive, nor does it loop into the lanyard.) Considering the cap is smaller than the tiny flash drive itself, I consigned myself to the fact the cap would become lost on my desk within 0.8 seconds. It later turned out the cap really wasn't needed anyway since the drive wasn't intended to ever be removed from my computer anyways..

Anywho, I popped the flash drive in the USB port, and as far as I can tell (I got ~2 months ago and have used it on and off.), it works fine for what it claims to be -- a 4GB USB 2 flash drive.

Eventually, it came time that I dared to attempt to remove my flash drive to transport my data to another computer. It was at this point that it began to suffer a bout of acute separation anxiety. Under "Specifications", the "Dimensions" list the length of the entire drive as 0.71" but that number speaks to the entire drive. When it is inserted, the part of the drive that ISN'T inside the USB port -- what I'll call the "derierre" of the drive -- is just 0.5 cm (or 0.2" -- one fifth of an inch!) in length. This isn't very much to grab onto.

If you look at the product pictures closely, you may notice that the horizontal ends of the "derierre" actually have grips on them. So you'd think it would be easy to just grab onto those. Sadly, you would be incorrect. The indentations on those grips are actually only approximately 2mm in depth, which makes them good for absolutely nothing.

Of course, the most obvious way to remove the flash drive, one would think, would be the lanyard. One would be wrong. It turns out the piece of plastic that the lanyard wraps around in the "derierre" of the drive is /soo/ flimsy that it can't withstand being used to remove the device. Upon the first removal attempt of every one of my flash drives (each time on a completely different computer), that plastic would break without fail.

I was only ultimately able to remove the drives by using a swiss army knife to pry them out.

I should have just saved myself the aggravation and just plugged my old flash drive into the USB port on the back of my desktop since if I stick with these, I'm giving up on the prospect of removing them at all anyways..


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Display Name: Michael V.

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