Honey, SanDisk Shrunk the USB Drive

Is that a SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB flash drive in your pocket, or did you just take a cold shower? If we threw you for a loop on that one, it's because SanDisk's latest USB flash drive is about the size of a standard paper clip and weighs about the same as a U.S. penny, so stuffing it into your pants isn't going to give that you that confidence-inducing bulge.

What it will give you is up to 16GB of storage space, or as little as 2GB, depending on what your budget allows. According to SanDisk, a 4GB Cruzer Blade will hold up to 1,000 songs, 1,200 high-res photos, or 8 hours of 768kb/s 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 Kent Perry, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "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 Blade USB line is available now with prices ranging from $15 to $78.