SanDisk Corporation announced an 8 gigabyte (GB)(1) model of its popular Cruzer Micro USB
flash drive, double the largest capacity previously available in the Cruzer
Only two inches long, a half-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.(2)
“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,”
said 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.
— U3 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 CruzerSync for synchronizing files
between a PC and the drive, the password manager program SignupShield
Passwords from Protecteer, and a trial version of McAfee anti-virus software.
Pricing and Availability
Cruzer Micro 8GB is expected to be available in Canada in late-October
with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $155.99. Cruzer Micro also
continues to be available in four smaller capacities, with MSRPs generally as
follows: 512 MB for $17.99, 1GB for $29.99, 2GB for $47.99 and 4GB for $83.99.