SanDisk Cruzer Profile review: SanDisk Cruzer Profile

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.8
  • Setup and ease of use: 5.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 9.0
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The Good Reliable fingerprint scanner; fast read speed; data encryption; network and Web site login.

The Bad Large, clumsy split design; security requires Windows computer; limited encryption features; blocks access to adjacent USB ports.

The Bottom Line If you can get over this flash drive's odd split design, the SanDisk Cruzer Profile is a safe place to stash all sorts of data.

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SanDisk Cruzer Profile

The SanDisk Cruzer Profile is a security-minded flash thumbdrive that can protect up to 1GB of data through a combination of fingerprint access and data encryption. Despite its strong encryption and a slew of helpful software, the Cruzer Profile's design makes it harder to use and more ungainly than other biometric memory drives, such as the Kanguru Bio Drive or the Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard .

At about twice the size of most thumbdrives, the squared-off SanDisk Cruzer Profile is neither as sleek nor as pocket-friendly as its brethren. The 3-inch cable that connects the two halves of the drive can easily get caught on pocket or purse items such as keys or a mobile phone antenna. At 0.8 ounce and measuring 2.5 by 1.1 by 0.6 inches, the SanDisk Cruzer Profile is smaller than Lexar's TouchGuard but bigger than the Kanguru Bio Drive. When plugged in to your computer's USB port, the thick Profile can block ports on either side. A USB extension cord would solve this problem, but unfortunately, SanDisk does not include one. The drive comes with two brief manuals as well as programs for backing up and synchronizing data; however, the software requires a Windows PC, although the unencrypted drive works with Mac and Linux computers.

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Where to Buy

SanDisk Cruzer Profile (512MB)

Part Number: SDCZ5512A10 Released: Aug 1, 2005

MSRP: $40.80

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 1, 2005
  • Features integrated fingerprint scanner
  • Form Factor USB Drive
  • Type Flash
  • Storage Capacity 512 MB