Date: December 21st, 2006
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cyber Snipa
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION, PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
The included software is not required for operation in Windows XP (drivers are required and included for Win98), although installing it does give one more options. The Flash Disk Manager program can format the drive three different ways - normally, password protected, or as a boot disk.
The second tag houses the rest of the accessories. Let's take a look at the tools first, which should be familiar to anyone who has used a utility knife before. On one side is a flat head screwdriver with a nail file (hey, you never know when you might need one!) and a star screwdriver with a bottle opener. The opposite side has a tiny set of pliers that would be handy for removing jumpers. Of course don't expect to replace your current toolkit with these, however for a quick fix they would work just fine.
This tag also has a white LED flashlight. Simply press down on the circular black button and voila, instant light via a single LED. I am pretty impressed with this feature as it puts out a fairly decent amount of light. It was bright enough to light up the inside of a PC for a quick repair.
Don't ever worry about the flashlight burning out permanently, because it is powered by two replaceable CR1025 batteries. They are accessed by unscrewing the cover located beneath the flashlight power button.
PRODUCT PRACTICALITY AND PERFORMANCE
Having quick access to tools, a mini flashlight, and a USB flash drive is certainly helpful to anyone who works on computers. The flash drive is small yet not easily lost since it is stored inside the dog tag. I can also see this being a useful item for the gamer that frequents LAN parties as it is functional and the bling factor will surely attract attention.
I transferred a 72MB file to the drive and it took 18 seconds. With my review drive only being 128MB I wasn't able to try very large transfers, but I'd say it's just as fast if not faster than any other one I've used.