CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Apacer Handy Steno USB 2.0 Flash Drive review: Apacer Handy Steno USB 2.0 Flash Drive

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

The Good Inexpensive per megabyte; can password-protect data.

The Bad Permanently attached cap is a slight impediment.

The Bottom Line Apacer's Handy Steno offers solid encryption and compression features, plus a very low price per megabyte.

8.0 Overall

Apacer Handy Steno

The Apacer Handy Steno's reflective graphite-colored casing makes for a snazzy design. Though the drive's capacity is stamped on the end of the cap, Apacer keeps other embellishments to a minimum and preserves the device's sleek look. The Handy Steno measures 3.25 inches long, 0.75 inches wide, and 0.37 inches thick and flares out slightly at one end. A thin steel wire keeps the cap permanently tethered to the Handy Steno--good, because it eliminates the possibility of losing the cap, but also a bit annoying, because you have to hold the cap and the wire out of the way to plug in the drive.

The Handy Steno comes with Flash Disk Utility, a simple app that lets you encrypt, decrypt, and compress your files on a PC before you load them onto the drive. The CD also contains a user manual and driver software for Windows 98 users. When you plug in the drive, an orange LED near the back flashes once to confirm the connection; this same light flashes during file transfers. The Apacer Handy Steno is available in capacities ranging from 32MB to 1GB, and the 256MB model we tested costs about $60, or 23 cents per megabyte, making the Handy Steno an excellent value.

Return to CNET's USB flash drive roundup.

Best Storage Devices for 2020

All best storage

More Best Products

All best products