The Really Small 16GB TUFF-‘N’-TINY USB Drive

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Verbatim’s TUFF-‘N’-TINY 16GB USB Drive is very small.  


This sturdy little 16GB drive measures 1.9” x 0.5” x 0.6”. It comes with a little key ring lanyard to help you keep up with it. According to Verbatim it is resistant to dust, water and static discharges. It’s also very fast.

I loaded it with my personal collection of 159 Willie Nelson songs (what can I say, I know what I like), fastened it to my key ring, which contains 8 keys of varying sizes and carried it around for a month. Sometimes I fasten my key ring to the outside of my purse with a special clip that I have, and it bounces along with me when I walk around. Other times I may stuff my keys in the pocket of my jeans. After a month of this, I inserted the drive into my computer and all my songs played perfectly.

In addition to the 16GB version covered in this review, there are also 2GB, 4 GB, and 8GB versions available.

The TUFF-‘N’-TINY™ USB Drive is compatible with all USB ports and will work on Windows and Linux operating systems as well as Macs.  It comes with a set of directions and I wondered why until I looked at them. There are a series of instructions for the Windows machines; different instructions for different platforms. For the Mac the instructions say plug it in to a port and you are ready to go.


The Bottom Line

This is a sturdy little USB drive and a handy choice for anyone who needs to have one available at all times. It works with USB hubs just as well as it does when connected directly to a computer. 

The Basics

Product: TUFF-‘N’-TINY™ 16GB USB Drive   
Manufacturer:  Verbatim    
Sizes: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
Product Number: 97168
Price:  $10 - $50 depending on size
Warranty - limited lifetime

Product: TUFF-'N'-TINY™16GB USB Drive

Company: Verbatim

List Price: $10 - $50



Tiny, but sturdy 16GB USB drive can easily be available at all time, even attached to a key ring. It is resistant to dust, water and static discharges. Handy for on-sight computer demonstrations.



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This is basically the same thing as the Kingston DT Mini Slim.  For some other similar devices I’ve heard reports about poor reliability, especially when the device is left plugged in and thus exposed to consistent heat.  I don’t do that with my Kingston, and it has continued to work for about a year so far after being on my keyring and in my wallet.  The plastic on the end which attached to my key ring broke after a couple months, but it fits in the coin pouch of my wallet just fine.  A few months ago some of the plastic on the tip got chipped, but the device still works.

I’m so glad I nabbed mine for $20 on a deal (16GB), since the prices are around $40 most of the time now.

It’s also nice that you reported after using the Verbatim device for a month, rather than just looking at it for a day.  I’ve read many such reviews and they are essentially worthless (though some give details on data transfer speeds for anyone who cares).

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