Bundled in the box with the Pen Drive are two USB extension cables. One is just a standard cable to help you plug the device into hard to reach USB ports. But the other is a long cable with a small docking cradle. This is obviously meant to stay plugged into your primary PC, making it very easy to connect the Pen Drive. Also, the styling of the Pen Drive is far more pleasing when it’s sitting in the cradle. The cradle is especially useful if your PC is under your desk and you don’t have any top mounted USB ports. Finally there’s a neck strap so you can hang the Pen Drive around your neck and always have it handy. The strap has a clip at the end so that the Pen Drive can be removed from it without having to remove the strap from around your neck. That said, I’m not sure that I’d want to walk around with a USB memory key hanging around my neck.
I admit that the Pen Drive is very fast, and for those who feel that performance is paramount, the size and design issues may not be a problem. However with a price of £52.87 you are paying quite a high premium for that speed, especially when you consider that you can get 256MB USB 2.0 memory keys from other manufacturers for around the £35-£40 mark. Although, since this is the first USB 2.0 memory key I’ve tested, there’s no guarantee that those cheaper devices would be as fast.
The Pen Drive is a very fast USB 2.0 memory module, there’s no denying that. And even though I don’t like the design and find the unit too big, many may overlook these issues because of the excellent performance. However, the price is just too high, considering that you can buy competing products with twice the capacity for considerably less.