SanDisk has launched an 8Gb model of its popular Cruzer Micro USB flash drive, double the largest capacity previously available in the Cruzer Micro line.
Only two inches long, half-an-inch thick and weighing less than half an ounce, the 8Gb Cruzer Micro nonetheless can hold a massive personal library – 1 600 ultra-high-resolution digital pictures, 2 000 digital songs or five hours of high-quality home video.
"Just a few years ago, USB flash drives had such limited capacities that they were only useful for moving a few files from one computer to another," says Ittai Golde, senior director of product marketing for the USB Division of SanDisk. "Now, you don't have to decide what files to put on a Cruzer Micro. You can load the drive with virtually everything you might need when you're away from your primary computer."
Cruzer Micro packs an impressive list of features into a small package:
* A sliding USB connector means there's no cap to lose, and the connector is protected from damage when the drive is not in use.
* The slider switch is illuminated by an amber LED light when the drive is active, making it easy to see – when the light goes out – that it's safe to unplug the drive.
* U3T Smart Technology for running applications directly from the drive, without those applications having to be installed on the computer.
U3-compatible software provided free with Cruzer Micro includes the PC phone service Skype, SanDisk's own CruzerSyncT for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the password manager program SignupShieldT Passwords from Protecteer, and a trial version of McAfee anti-virus software.