Wednesday, July 18, 2007

It's not Titanium, it's Better!

A few months ago I decided I needed a higher capacity USB flash drive. I was very happy with my Sandisk Cruzer Micro (mine was the previous generation), but it was puny (512MB, never mind my first hard drive was 20!), and I didn't like the loose cap that covers the connector. I had seen the new Sandisk Cruzer Micro and liked the idea of 4GB and the retractable connector—no cap to lose!

I ordered one and started carrying it in my pocket just like its predecessor. Pretty quickly I realized it wasn't going hold up. Unlike the old Micro, which was metal and covered with a thick clear vinyl-like plastic, this one seemed, well, cheap. The truth is, when I ordered the plastic one I really wanted the titanium one but I really didn't feel I could justify the added cost. (The street prices on these things are a lot less than the list price on Sandisk's site.)

When I found the cheaper one wasn't likely to hold up well, I had a reason to get the cool titanium one. So I did.

After a few months in my pocket with other items, the unfazed Cruzer Titanium

When I received it, I was pleased but a little confused. It didn't look like titanium. When I turned it over I saw a little logo that said "LIQUIDMETAL". Wow! This thing was liquidmetal. Unbelievably cool, much cooler than titanium. Liquidmetal, you see, is a unique material. It is a metallic glass. An amorphous metal. An amazing alloy. Take a look at the Liquidmetal website or Wikipedia for more information. So, I got something much cooler than expected, very high capacity and impressively fast, too.


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Blogger Len Humbird said...

Thanks for the tip. I just bought one at - 4 GB with E3.

Fri Oct 19, 02:41:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. it's a cool little big number - and on Wintendo, U3 Launchpad rocks !

Take care and btw. "Insert Coin" made me look into perl - thanks for an interesting read.

Fri Nov 02, 05:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dar said...

i accidentally washed my sandisk cruzer when i left it in a pair of pants. i freaked slightly, but when i tried it, it was fine! takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

Thu Sep 03, 03:23:00 PM EDT  

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