PNY Attaché Original
High capacity, low price
Review The PNY's new Attaché Original USB Flash drive arrived just too late for our recent Fast Flash Drive round-up, but we decided to try it out nonetheless.
The Attaché Original: faster than PNY's previous top-speed stick
Like previous Attachés, the new model uses a slide-and-swivel mechanism to withdraw the USB connector from a bay at one end of the cover then rotate it out into the open and round so it's ready for connection.
What has changed is that the new version is two-thirds of the size of its predecessor - named Attaché without qualification - and that the main body of the drive is bright see-through coloured plastic. The colour depends on the capacity: purple for 4GB, blue for 8GB, red for 16GB and green for the 32GB stick.
The label is printed on paper and stuck to the cover. Not something that will bother many buyers, but it's certainly not as slick looking as drives with branding printed directly onto the plastic or formed from coloured plastic bonded to it. It's also less resistant to scratches from other, harder objects rattling around it when it's not in use. Keep it in your pocket with your loose change and we reckon it'll get real tatty real soon.
Different colours, different capacities
Looking at the drives in the round-up, the Original is also rather smaller than all them. It's 54 x 17 x 11mm when closed, and weighs 12g. Plastic it may be, but it has a solid feel to it. This is not a flimsy drive. As before, there's a lanyard anchor loop at one end of the cover, formed from the plastic of the cover itself.
that looks as flimsy as the cheapest memory stick going. not even tough plastic the likes of kingston use. for a 1Gb flash memory stick one could understand, but 32Gb? that's supposed to be special. put metal case on it next time.
What is the religious angle (or angel)?
Am I only the one who noted the christian "fish" on the exterior of the Original? A bit stylized, but is there some hidden meaning here? Seems fishy to me.
I purchased a PNY 16GB for £16
I purchased a PNY 16GB for £16 about a month ago and its been great for me. Fantastic price for such large capacity. It was from play.com and i got the free shipping which made it even more of a bargain.
and I don't mea them metal fastening things! I mean staples.co.uk. I got my 32G Flash drive for 33% less (£50)
Not sure why you'd need a 32 Gb stick for sneakernetting. I guess the primary use of these things is hiding the porn stash from the missus.