Review: Active Media Wink USB Drive

Memory Devices

One of the things I like to do when attending shows like CES is collect flash memory press kit thumbdrives to use again once I get home. In years past, it was considered a huge score if I was given a drive larger than 1GB, and this year I actually got several which were 2GB – along with a single 4GB drive, but alas … the thrill was almost gone, because at home I had a 16GB flash drive which was smaller and cuter than anything I was handed at CES.

The Active Media Wink is minimalism personified with just a touch of sass in the form of a winky emoticon on the front, and it’s available in black or pink; you can guess which one I received…

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The Wink is tiny – measuring just 1.2″ long x 0.5″ wide x 0.1″ thick, and it’s available in memory denominations of 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB.

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The loop on the end of the flashdrive is almost a necessity – the Wink is so small it would be easy to lose! Don’t worry about dropping it or getting it covered in pocket lint however; this flash memory is waterproof and shock resistant.

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Out of the box, the 16GB Wink shows as having 16.16GB available.

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The Wink is available from Amazon in memory denominations of 2, 4, 8 or 16GB, and you can get yours in pink or the less girly black.

MSRP: $37.95 as tested

What I Like: Tiny size with large amounts of memory; minimalistic design with a cute winky face

What Needs Improvement: They are using Sarah Palin’s wink from the vice-presidential debates as an unfortunate marketing tool … the wink was odd when it happened, and here it seems just as out of place.

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-confessed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area ... or not.

7 Comments on "Review: Active Media Wink USB Drive"

  1. Hi Julie! Glad you got back safely. I was expecting this post to be a competition for the other USB drives! I visited a vendor a couple of years ago (2007) and as a parting gift I was given a USB drive. IT WAS 128 MEG!!! I didn’t even know they made them that small any more…

  2. Dan & I actually got a 64MB one from some vendor while we were at Digital Experience. We were like … “who does this size anymore?!” 😆

  3. Hmmmm. Wondering, since we’ve basically replaced removable disk drives with flash drives, CDs, DVDs – is there really much use for flash drives over 2 GB? (Other than in a competitive sense, of course!)

  4. I use mine to back up Money files and other documents, and then I keep them in various drawers so that I always have multiple backups. Its a little obsessive to do this on top of regular backups to an external hard drive, but I have a fear of reentering months of info should all be lost. 🙂

  5. Using Sarah Palin wink picture made me think the drive is so small it is like getting speck in your eye.

  6. Where did you get the Continental flash card/drive thingy?
    I work for Continental, which is the Automotive company, not the airline.
    I’ve never seen a Continental branded flash drive before. Cool.

  7. Hey uzziah – that’s a 2GB card. Want it? Email me your address, and it’s yours. 🙂

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