Reviews and Problems with SanDisk Cruzer Micro Series
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SanDisk 2GB Cruzer Micro U3 USB 2.0 Flash Drive
lma3113, Rate it all!
7 July 2009
Summary: Usually I have no problem with SanDisk products, but I did with the cruzer. I replaces 2 cruzers within a year! I update them about once a week, which in my opinion isn't enough to make it die! I was really disappointed with this product!
Summary: I recently purchased this 4 GB drive for two reasons - the storage and the U3. I am only half satisfied because I discovered only too late that the device is incompatible with Windows Vista. The stick still works as a storage unit, however, but that was only part of the allure. I seems that the U3 element of this USB drive is hardcoded, and this particular stick has a device version that is incompatible with any Vista upgrade (merely upgrading the Launch Pad software is...
Summary: I should have rated this higher... read futher to see why. This opens up two drives, not one. One of them is detected as a CD. I am sick and tired of these companies stuffing software down your throat that "they" think you need. Along with nagging upgrades for a price and commercials of things they just know you would want. Imagine buying a car and before it will start you have to listen to a commercial.
Great thumb drive, U3 software not as good as expected.
7 July 2009
Summary: The thumb drive performs well and is up to Sandisk quality. Having 4GB capacity is great, I had outgrown my 1GB Lexar device. I currently use 3.5GB to carry around software as a computer professional as well as some personal files. The drive is slim allowing insertion in 'tight spots' at the rear of computers. The feature that attracted me to this unit is the U3 software and the bundled apps such as Avast anti-virus and Skype.
Summary: From what I read I expected it to be able to start programs automatically from the CD portion using autorun but that's not how it works. When it's plugged in it creates 2 different kinds of drives, a thumb drive and a CD-Rom drive. However, there doesn't seem to be anyway to use the CD autorun function to run a program, instead the U3 feature starts up a menu and you have to pick one from the menu.
Summary: As USB Flash Cruzer works fine. But its U3 applications are not very reliable. For, example, EverNote (Microsoft Office OneNote like program) sometimes lunches, sometimes doesn't. Seems to be, it has mind of its own to decide when to work and when don't. May be reason for it that I have Vista. Who knows? With Microsoft you never know what is compatible and what isn't. But game Atlantis works fine. (Big relief :) And its plastic body seems fragile.
Cons: Comes with software on it that automatically installs on PCs. Very virusy behavior. The drive is a bit too wide and doesn't fit well into side by side USB slots on laptops if something is plugged in next to it.
Pros: It's sandisk which means it lasts forever, my previous flash drive was sandisk 256 i bougth 3 years ago and its still working as new. U3 works great with vista and XP
Cons: U3 causes some computers to slow down or stop responding if you are using software that might conflict with U3 (list of software conflicts available at sandisk.com) You can install U3 it doesnt support Ready Boost in vista