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The new luxury Cruzer Contour joins the Cruzer lineup

SanDisk this week announced its latest high-end flash drives – the Cruzer Contour. The new SanDisk Cruzer Contour is deemed as a “luxury personal accessory as well as a piece of functional technology.” SanDisk offers the Cruzer Contour in two different capacities, 4GB and 8GB. The Cruzer Contour sports a sleek design that hides the USB connector. The USB connector slides to hide without any visible switch.

SanDisk finishes the Cruzer Contour with a silver metallic body and gloss black top. Cruzer Contour flash drives can deliver performance up to 25MB/sec read and 18MB/sec write. The Cruzer Contour can also function with Windows Vista’s ReadyBoost technology.

“Cruzer Contour is a showpiece of innovative design, bringing a new look to the category of USB flash drives,” SanDisk USB business unit Vice President of Marketing Roy Ramati said. “And the beauty here is more than skin deep, with Cruzer Contour’s expansive storage capacity, fast data transfer, strong security and generous bundle of pre-loaded software.”

Additionally, Cruzer Contour drives contain U3 technology preinstalled. SanDisk includes a couple of its own U3 applications including Skype, CruzerSync, SignupShield, Sudoku and Mahjong Towers Eternity.

Pricing for SanDisk Cruzer Contour drives start at MSRP $99.99 for the 4GB model and MSRP $189.99 for the 8GB model.

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we'll see...
By codeThug on 6/27/2007 12:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
a “luxury personal accessory as well as a piece of functional technology.”

I waiting for the Paris Hilton designer model...

RE: we'll see...
By budapest on 6/27/2007 2:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah! And now that she's out of prison she can actually go out and buy one!

“Cruzer Contour is a showpiece of innovative design, bringing a new look to the category of USB flash drives,”

Now THAT I really don't get. How is this flashdrive innovative? The read/write speeds are average, and note that it does not mention on the press release what material it is made of.

RE: we'll see...
By InternetGeek on 6/27/2007 2:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
The innovative part is the [i]looks[/i].

RE: we'll see...
By budapest on 6/27/2007 5:52:00 AM , Rating: 2
If you want those looks, you'd be better off with a zippy :P

RE: we'll see...
By Anh Huynh on 6/27/2007 2:54:32 AM , Rating: 4
You don't need innovation if you have looks. Just look at Steve Jobs ;)

RE: we'll see...
By TomZ on 6/27/2007 10:22:30 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think he's really that good looking, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :o)

RE: we'll see...
By UppityMatt on 6/27/2007 4:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
It probably will come preloaded with her porn video too!

RE: we'll see...
By Lightning III on 6/27/2007 8:17:46 AM , Rating: 2

maybe it will come with ghonnasyphaherpalies

RE: we'll see...
By h0kiez on 6/27/2007 8:45:14 AM , Rating: 2
It's ghonnasyphaherpal aids

Duh ;-)

RE: we'll see...
By elpresidente2075 on 6/27/2007 10:37:04 AM , Rating: 2
I thought it was herpegonnasyphlaids...

not at that price
By kattanna on 6/26/2007 5:09:20 PM , Rating: 4
Pricing for SanDisk Cruzer Contour drives start at MSRP $99.99 for the 4GB model and MSRP $189.99 for the 8GB mode

please.. i just got a corsair 16GB USB thumb drive for $144 from newegg

RE: not at that price
By Schadenfroh on 6/26/2007 5:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
How is the read / write speed on that?

RE: not at that price
By Puddleglum1 on 6/26/2007 5:20:13 PM , Rating: 3
Poor, but the 8GB Voyager is great:
Read speed: 34MB/s
Write speed: 27MB/s

... for almost 90 USD less than the SD Contour.

RE: not at that price
By AcAuroRa on 6/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: not at that price
By kmmatney on 6/27/2007 1:37:07 AM , Rating: 5
But the Voyager looks BUTT UGLY...

Do you were your memory stick around your neck or something? Most people keep them in their pocket or bag...I think the voyager can take more abuse as well.

RE: not at that price
By GaryJohnson on 6/26/2007 5:46:42 PM , Rating: 3
The Sandisk Contour drives are listing on newegg for $73.99 and $138.99.

RE: not at that price
By BillyBatson on 6/27/2007 8:46:03 AM , Rating: 1
yes... but this istem is described as LUXURY. You are paying extra for the design. YTou can;t compare it to your 16gb stick...

RE: not at that price
By othercents on 6/27/2007 1:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
Great.. another item like the ps3 that looks great, but doesn't work.


By daBKLYNdoorman on 6/26/2007 7:51:57 PM , Rating: 1
Someone asked a question on a different topic about why we (the public) should pay $100 for 4GB of memory in the iPhone. I believe this news story is the answer.

RE: Someone...
By smilingcrow on 6/26/2007 8:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
Does an MP3 player/phone need fast flash memory? I don’t think so. If you want another comparison just look to see how cheap you can buy a 4GB SD card or USB drive: ~$30. That’s why people think $100 is a joke.
You can even buy a Sony branded 4GB Memory stick for less than $70. If you’re paying a premium of over 40% on Sony prices, you’re taking it in the ass.

RE: Someone...
By Hydrofirex on 6/26/2007 9:45:39 PM , Rating: 2

Size does matter...
By RyanM on 6/27/2007 12:07:44 AM , Rating: 3
This thing is too big. I owned a 2nd-gen Cruzer Micro 2GB. It was nice and small. Then I decided to move up to the 3rd-gen Cruzer Micro 4GB. It's actually bigger than the last-gen one. Even if you include the fact it houses the USB connector, it's still a full 10mm longer, plus noticeably girthier. Is it too much to ask that my next-gen product smaller, if not at least the same size, as the previous gen product?

It's got "Micro" right there in the name. Why the f*ck is it getting bigger?

RE: Size does matter...
By sxr7171 on 6/27/2007 1:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah for sure. I just picked up a 4GB microSDHC card today and that thing is smaller than my pinky nail and it has 4GB, so what's the excuse with these guys? Also no keyring? I only would carry the drive if it attached to my keys (which I don't forget).

Never again.
By SiliconAddict on 6/27/2007 3:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 2GB titanium cruzer from crapdisk. They replaced it 2 times under warranty. In each case the damn thing crapped out. The first I somehow got a static shock off of it while taking it out of a USB port which tells me it wasn't grounded right. The second it just crapped out on me. The third happened sometime last year after the warranty ran out. Frack Crapdisk. Never again.

RE: Never again.
By Axbattler on 6/27/2007 6:45:01 AM , Rating: 2
*Shrug* - my regular 2GB Cruzer survived the washing machine. Not sure for how much longer, I've backed up all it's content and have no intention of using it to store anything I do not have a copy somewhere else.. but I can't fault it's reliability for now.

Not for all
By Puddleglum1 on 6/26/2007 5:18:25 PM , Rating: 3
Personally, U3 isn't appealing in the least. For others, if there's ever a desire to boot from the drive, U3 needs to be removed. The speed is good, but not better than the rate-leading 8GB drive, which is almost a year old now ... and is almost 90 USD more expensive.

U3 and the design are the only perks, which both remind of those features that you forget about after a day's gone by.

BOO Sandisk!
By mindless1 on 6/28/2007 1:57:58 AM , Rating: 2
Basic features that the average joe will find useful in a thumbdrive like a protected USB plug and high read and write speed are not appropriately termed "luxury", and given Sandisk's track record we can assume it will cost more than equivalent products.

Good grief charlie brown, it's only a tiny circuit board in a shell, can't they quit trying to pretend that correcting past mistakes is somehow "value-added"?

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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