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SanDisk Cruzer Mini 512MB

We were bemused to find a set of three labels, similar to those that you get with floppy disks supplied with the SanDisk Cruzer Mini, but it would appear that you're supposed to stick a lable onto the device and log what's stored on it. You also get three different coloured caps with it, so if you have more than one you can tell the difference without having to plug them in. As with many of the other USB keys you also get a neck strap, but there is no security software supplied.

The Cruzer Mini generally feels solid in terms of build quality, my only concern being that quite a lot of the USB connector is exposed, but one would think that SanDisk has made sure it won’t snap easily. You can attach the cap to the back of the Cruzer Mini so you won’t loose it and the back has a green LED built-in that lights up the rear of the Cruzer Mini when it is accessed. The Cruzer Mini doesn’t quite live up to its name in terms of physical size, measuring 72 x 19 x 8mm (LxWxH) although it is quite slim.

Performance wise the Cruzer Mini is a very mixed bag, as it’s the slowest device on show in the write tests, but one of the fastest in the read tests. As long as you’re not in a hurry when it comes to copying data to your memory key it shouldn’t bother you, but to be honest we expected it to be a lot better, especially when you consider how well the Cruzer Titanium performed.

The Cruzer Mini is however the cheapest 512MB device on test which makes it worth considering if you’re on a tight budget. Add to that a two year warranty and things look even better. Do bear in mind that it doesn’t come with drivers for Windows 98 although they can be downloaded from SanDisk’s website. It does however support Mac OS 9.1 out of the box. Ultimately though, it’s hard to recommend the Cruzer Mini due to its poor write performance which lets it down.

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