SanDisk Cruzer Mini review: SanDisk Cruzer Mini

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Small profile; inexpensive; includes data encryption software.

The Bad Slower than the competition at data transfers.

The Bottom Line While the SanDisk Cruzer Mini isn't a speed demon, it is a good, basic thumbdrive that won't break the bank.

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SanDisk Cruzer Mini

In a world of USB flash drives that do everything short of making dinner, there's something to be said for a simple thumbdrive with a small price tag. The SanDisk Cruzer Mini is that product: it's compact, dead simple to use, and requires no drivers (unless you're running Windows 98 SE). The Cruzer Mini comes in a whopping six capacities, so you can pick the one that fits your needs: 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and an enormous 4GB. Even at a suggested retail price of $380 for the 4GB model, the Cruzer Mini works out to a measly 9.5 cents per megabyte, making it a great choice for someone who needs a basic flash thumbdrive.

Unlike many of the recent USB drives that boast fingerprint scanners or fancy casings, the SanDisk Cruzer Mini is truly tiny. Its slim design means it won't block any of the neighboring USB ports when plugged in, and the silver-colored plastic casing makes for a featherweight drive, though on the flip side, it's not nearly as tough as its burly cousin, the SanDisk Cruzer Titanium . An LED on the end of the drive glows green when the drive is plugged in and pulses while transferring data, which can help you see if it's working properly. The drive ships with a neck strap and two extra plastic caps, in case you lose the original. The cap isn't secured to the drive in any way, so it's likely you'll appreciate the extras--unless you lose them, too.

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