Memory and storage maker SanDisk has announced its new SanDisk Cruzer Blade flash drive, which the company is touting as its smallest flash drive available in the U.S. or Canadian markets: it weighs as much a penny and is the same length as a standard paperclip, but packs up to 16GB of storage capacity. The idea is that the drive can easily ride on a mobile phone dongle or a keychain, yet give users convenient access to important documents, software…or, of course, pictures, music, and video.
“At half the size of some other USB drives, our compact Cruzer Blade provides consumers with highly portable storage at a great value,” said SanDisk retail product marketing director Kent Perry, in a statement. “The drive lets users transfer their digital data quickly between computers, and delivers a storage boost to devices such as netbooks that often need additional memory but are difficult to upgrade easily.”
The SanDisk Cruzer Blades are available now in the U.S. and Canada. They start out at 2GB capacities to $14.99; a 4GB version runs $21.99, an 8GB version goes for $38.99, and a 16GB version runs $77.99.