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SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB Portable has a very good packaging which emphasizes on the words ‘High-speed storage’, ‘rugged rubber bumper’ and a stylish design that fits in your pocket. It also has a solid metal ring so that you can clip a US $140 storage drive on a bag. It also did emphasize that the drive is with a 3-year warranty support and the package contents. What’s strange is that they did not mention Windows 10 under its OS compatibility labelling on the side- or Windows 8.1. Not that it won’t work. But its just one of those things, like how newer keyboard manufacturers are still stuck up with older Windows logo on the key even with the newer models.
There’s also an outer lid with a magnet that keeps in place. It’s nice considering most brand (including premium motherboard makers) use a velcro strip. The magnet is long enough to keep eight screw bits in its place. Not that it does something ‘magical’ to boost the performance, but it’s something good to know. There’s also a cut-out on the inner packaging so that you can see the drive.
As one will expect thanks to the packaging, you get a warranty guide, the drive itself and a short USB 3.0 drive.
The drive is square with a think z-axis profile. The rubber casing with a textured feel is pretty good and it does have a rubber design on the border. Towards one corner, there’s the metal ring and the other end has a attached cover for the Standard-B receptacle port. The provided USB 3.0 cable is 9-inch long. Notebook users wouldn’t mind, but those desktop users with USB 3.0 port towards the rear I/O may not like it.
But to be fair, unlike a USB stick, this has a cable. But it should also be noted for a reference that cables lengths typically provided in card readers such as Silicon Power USB 3.0 card reader is 20-inch long. USB 3.0 docks with Type-A cables probably is a bit longer.