SanDisk Announces 8GB Cruzer Contour USB Flash Drive
SanDisk Corporation announced availability of Cruzer Contour, a sleek USB flash drive that brings together high-end design and blazing speed. Cruzer Contour is designed with a glossy black top, a silver metallic body, and a sliding USB connector.
Available in 4- and 8-gigabyte capacities, Cruzer Contour’s features include:
- Design. The slider requires nothing more than two flicks of the thumb. Moving the top back and then forward brings out the connector, while moving the top forward and then back pulls in the connector. When Cruzer Contour is connected to a computer, blue LEDs illuminate the word “Cruzer” on the drive’s top.
- Performance. Cruzer Contour delivers a write speed of 18 MB/sec, double the performance of SanDisk’s previous top-of-the-line retail model. Read speed for Cruzer Contour is two-thirds faster, at 25 MB/sec. Cruzer Contour also supports the ReadyBoost feature in Microsoft Windows Vista.
- Pre-installed software. Cruzer Contour offers U3 technology for running applications directly from the drive, without those applications having to be installed on the computer. U3-compatible software provided free with the drive includes the PC phone service Skype, SanDisk’s own CruzerSync for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the password manager program SignupShield Passwords from Protecteer, and a trial version of anti-virus software. Just for fun, there are two titles from Big Fish Games: Sudoku and Mahjong Towers Eternity.
- Security. Cruzer Contour provides password protection through U3, backed by AES hardware encryption.
Cruzer Contour became available in the United States in mid-June, and will become available in Asia in early July and in Europe in August.
The 4GB model has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $99.99 in the U.S., and the 8GB model has a U.S. MSRP of $189.99.
Source: SanDisk Corporation
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