It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, USB dongles were a luxury gadget of the corporate worker. Flash forward to 2008, my desk drawer is a septic tank for the turd gadgets. Sure, they’re useful on the few occasions you actually need one, but they’re all the same and practically come in Crackerjack boxes these days. The situation’s so bleak that the only way USB disk key manufacturers can figure out how to distinguish their thumb drives is by crafting them in successively ‘wacky’ shapes. USB thumb drives? The refrigerator magnet of computer gadgets.
But I like PNY’s latest attempt to separate itself from the competition. Their new Ghostbusters 2GB USB drive has, what do you know, the full 1984 horror comedy already loaded on the drive. Preloading thumbdrives with content isn’t a bad incentive to sell one to your average Wal-Mart shopper. Unfortunately, for that to work, you’d really need to make these DVD priced… which PNY’s $60+ offering decidedly is not.
And hell, the drive isn’t even shaped like an Ernie Hudson bobblehead.