Gambling Chip and Micro SD 

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Two forms of storage memory. The first from Dane Elec that looks exactly like a casino chip and the second from San Disc a Micro SD card reader. Both these items fit directly into a USB port.
Poker chip USB memory stick

Poker Mate USB Drive

It is 4cm across and .5cm thick. It is red and white with 12 alternate sections the six white ones are plastic and the red ones rubber. This gives a distinct feel in the fingers. There are various capacities available, mine was 1GB and this is clearly written on both sides of the chip.

Look closely at the chip and you can see a join at the base of the chip and a 2cm area pulls out to reveal the USB stick. It is only 3cm long and I found it a tight fit in all the USB ports I tried but it does work fine, you would not want it to be loose as it might drop out.

The capacity is 963MB (1,010,515,968 bytes), this of course a USB2 device but I also used it without problem on a USB1.1 machine. Unlike some slick/pen drives - even on the USB1.1 system it found it and it immediately appeared as a drive letter in My Computer. It did not give the annoying 'it may require a reboot before it works correctly' as some do.

An excellent price from the first link below of £4.99 and £7.99 for the 2GB version. There is a five year warranty on this product.

SanDisk MicroSD HC high capacity flash memory device

SanDisk Micro SDHC

Like the product above it's available in several sizes the one I saw is 4GB the whole kit consists of a 4GB SDHC micro card, a micro SD adapter and SanDisk MicroMate.

First the MicroMate this is 5x3x.6cm and it plugs into a USB port the other end accepts the Micro SD to SD adapter. I have found that some card readers do not like reading micro SD cards when placed in a card reader.

Do be aware that not all devices will support SDHC and also that some devices do not support card sizes over 2GB so before you splash out on either a size larger than 2GB or venture into SDHC make sure your device supports it.

I recently attended an event and one of the speakers said how do you transfer images and movies from a mobile phone to a PC well if you store them on micro SD and you  use a Micro Mate it is no harder than taking a card from a camera and putting it in a card reader.

The card reader has a two year warranty and the card has a five year warranty. Doing my Internet searches found it at a best price of £9.99 including shipping that to me is a real bargain. 

As I seem to say whenever I am reviewing anything with external memory it is so cheap and it cannot continue to fall so if you are looking for memory in the form of USB pen stick drives or SD cards either for cameras or it's micro cousin for mobiles now is probably the time to buy.

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