The SanDisk Cruzer Switch USB 2.0 drive has a unique flip-top design and comes with SanDisk's powerful SecureAccess software. It also includes up to 2GB of free online storage through YuuWaa and a two-year warranty. This particular SanDisk flash drive is available in five memory-capacity sizes: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.
This SanDisk drive is one of the best USB flash drives in this review that is not a USB 3.0 flash drive. It is portable, durable and comes with brawny security software. SanDisk also provides accessible, free and responsive technical support.
This USB 2.0 flash drive has a practical compact design with a distinctive flip-top that protects the USB connector. This small yet capable drive is less than 2 inches long and weighs less than 4 grams. The plastic outer casing includes a loop that you can use to attach the flash drive easily and safely to your keychain. As with all USB 2.0 flash drives, this device is backwards compatible, but it is not forward compatible with USB 3.0 technologies and ports.
This flash drive includes a feature that few devices in this range of products do, and that is security software. Although many flash drives that are sold as secure USB drives include advanced security features, few marketed as basic USB drives do. This drive comes with SecureAccess software that provides 128-bit AES encryption. SecureAccess is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, as well as Mac OSX version 10.5+. This security software can create a protected storage vault on the flash drive. You can easily drag and drop folders into the vault to protect them instantly. The files saved inside the vault are password protected.
This USB drive does not include an indicator light, but this does not affect the performance of the device. We asked SanDisk what read and write speeds they experienced when testing this device in its labs, but the company's representative told us that SanDisk does not share that information. Generally, a USB 2.0 device such as the Cruzer Switch should be able to transfer a 1GB file in around 30 seconds and an entire DVD in about three minutes.
SanDisk provides sufficient and responsive support. You can contact technical support by email, telephone or live chat if you have questions. We contacted SanDisk with a few inquires via email, and a representative responded to our emails within 24 hours. This is a rather speedy response time for a consumer-electronics company.
If you would like to follow SanDisk via social media, you can find the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. SanDisk backs this flash drive with a two-year limited warranty. To help support the world market, the company offers packaging and instructions for this device in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
SanDisk is a major player in the memory card arena; the company makes high-quality memory devices for cameras and cell phones. SanDisk's flash drives are equally impressive. The SanDisk Cruzer Switch USB drive is portable, durable and highly secure. Without hesitation, we can report that this is a highly functional and adept USB 2.0 drive.
This USB drive can encrypt and protect your files, whether you are a PC or Mac user.
The SanDisk Cruzer Switch does not include an LED indicator light and is not USB 3.0 compatible.
The features that this USB drive lacks do not affect the performance of this storage device. The SanDisk Cruzer Switch is a premium, all-purpose USB 2.0 drive.