Verbatim Store 'n' Stay Review



Some situations call for a tiny USB drive that you plug in and leave alone. The Store 'n' Stay fills the bill -- a tiny USB drive for car stereos, game consoles, and laptops when a bit of extra storage is called for.

The varied uses of this tiny flash drive earn frequent mention in Verbatim Store 'n' Stay reviews. It's the size of a dime, making it ideal for tasks where you'd like to plug in an unobtrusive flash drive and simply forget it's there. After being loaded with favorite MP3 files, users often put it to the test in car stereos, according to reviews at B&H and Amazon, further noting that the flash drive is so small it fades from sight when plugged into a USB port. Reviewers also say this tiny thumb drive is a nifty way to expand storage capacity of Xbox game consoles and that data transfers pretty quickly. We did, however, come across a few reviews at Newegg grousing about drives that ceased functioning after a year or so.

This USB 2.0 drive is available with storage capacities of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB. Because it's so small, there is no retractable USB connector or cap. In fact, the Verbatim Store 'n' Stay (starting at $16, Amazon) hardly has any "body" to speak of; it looks almost identical to a tiny RF receiver for a wireless mouse.

Most people think of USB flash drives as a way to transport data from one device to another. You could certainly use the Store 'n' Stay for this purpose, but the diminutive design affords a nearly-invisible way to add more storage to all your USB electronics. It's ideal for car stereos and game consoles, but is also a low-cost and easy way to give your laptop a quick, simple backup drive.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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