SanDisk Cruzer Edge Review


Think Twice

The Cruzer Edge left many users with buyer's remorse owing to a plastic housing that isn't very durable and the included security software that doesn't seem to work very well.

SanDisk offers several versions of its Cruzer line of USB flash drives, but Cruzer Edge reviews suggest this is one version you should pass on. The drive's plastic construction seems insubstantial, reviews at Newegg, assert; one user claims the device failed within a few months. Quite a few posts at Amazon say the SecureAccess software included with the SanDisk Cruzer Edge is a turnoff; reviewers complain that it's tedious to use, the interface is awkward, expected icons don't appear, and files can't be accessed. Others simply confine their critiques to slow transfer speeds and generally say the device is a nonstarter.

The SanDisk Cruzer Edge (starting at $13, Amazon) is a 2.0 model that's available with storage capacity of 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. The drive has a sliding mechanism that retracts the USB connector, obviating the need for a cap. The security software creates a password-protected folder on the flash drive for secure access to some of your files.

Two big knocks against this flash drive, according to reviews: the fragile plastic shell and security software that looks good on paper but fails to deliver. There are other low-cost thumb drives on the market that come far closer to meeting, and sometimes exceeding, users' expectations.

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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