Date: September 19, 2005
Author(s): Jen McPherson
Today we are reviewing Crucial’s Gizmo! Hi-Speed USB 1GB Flash Drive. USB drives are the latest craze in tech gadgets, you see them all over today, and are a must have for any PC enthusiast. They all come in a variety of memory capacities, from 128MB to as large as 2GB, and are a great
alternative to floppy and zip discs, being smaller and less likely to get damaged. They are great for storing documents, photos and music.
So before we get into the specs and review for the Crucial’s Gizmo, here is a quick bio about their company!
The Crucial story starts with Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturers in the world and the only one based in the U.S. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Micron manufactures DRAM chips and assembles them into high-quality memory modules for sale to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) worldwide.
You can read their full company bio here.
As pictured the Crucial Gizmo comes in a plastic casing. Now, if you’ve read any of my prior reviews then you know how I despise that hard to open, finger and limb slicing, plastic packaging. But Crucial was wise to the horrible plastic packaging, and made the casing extremely easy to open. The display was simple, showcasing the drive well. I was pleased to say the least.
The Crucial Gizmo Hi-Speed USB Flash Drive
For Hi-Speed performance
Using the Gizmo is simple and easy. Most have USB ports on the front of their PC, and have no trouble plugging the little device into the USB slot. The cover for the USB plug on the Gizmo slides off and on easily, but is snug so that it won’t slip off.
While in use the USB Drive has an indicator light on the front to show that it is in use. Make sure you don’t remove the device when the light is on, or else you could damage your data. When your done transferring data use your Remove Hardware option and stop the Gizmo drive, and safely remove it from your PC. Simple as that.
Now, my PC has a 1.1 USB Port, whereas our other PC has a 2.0. So I ran a benchmark on both PC’s with SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2005 to test the performance differences between the two. Listed first is the benchmark from my PC. As expected, compared to the other USB devices tested on a 2.0 Port the performance was down. Yet I still uploaded over 20MB of photos onto the device in less than 10 seconds. So even though my port worked slower than the others did on the 2.0 port I was still impressed.
Second I ran the benchmark on my second home PC with the 2.0 USB port. With this test the Gizmo performed just as well if not better than the other USB devices. Uploading and transferring the same documents to the Gizmo on this PC took absolutely no time at all, and was practically an instant transfer.
After using the USB device I have to say I’m impressed and hooked, and love using the small device. It is so much easier for me to plug it into my PC, upload a ton of images that I couldn’t normally hold on floppy, and take them anywhere with me to share. I was impressed with the Gizmo’s
performance, even on my slow 1.1 USB port, and would highly recommend purchasing one. It’s well worth it.
Thank you to Crucial for allowing us to test the Gizmo! I’m pleased to give it a 10/10. Please feel free to discuss the review in our related thread! Registration is not required!
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