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Lots of memory at a good price !
on 10 May 2012
I recently bought a Samsung PS60E530 plasma TV that came with a USB media slot. I had a 4G Sandisk Cruzer stick which worked okay but I had movies that were bigger than 4G and so I needed a larger stick. The Sandisk also has a big activity LED which flashes annoyingly at the rear of the TV when watching videos off the stick in the dark.
I bought this 32G iBoutique stick based mainly on the positive reviews and aesthetics of the stick. It arrived promptly and comes packaged in a sturdy moulded plastic case. The stick is much lighter than my Sancruzer and it also has a rubberised housing which makes it easy to grip when pulling it out from a PC or from the TV. The activity LED is very small which means that I don't have the distracting light at the back of the TV when watching in the dark.
I first formatted the disk on my Windows 7 PC and used the FAT32 default file system in the drop down menu under formatting options. This only gave me a small amount of space on the stick and nowhere near it's full capacity. I then read a review which advised to format using the NTFS file system. This gave me the full capacity of the drive which is about 30.4G.
I've played various file types from this stick on my TV and it works very well. I have had one or two movies in the .AVI format where the sound cut out for a few seconds during the movie but I don't think that this was a problem with the stick.
This stick does not come with the security features that you get on the Sandisk Cruzer but that's not a problem for me as I don't use the stick for storing personal confidential files of any sort.
So far the stick works well. I've never heard of this brand before but it does the job. If anything changes over the next month or two, I will post an update. For now however, I don't really see any problem why I would not recommend this product to anyone. I think that 32G at this price point is pretty good.