The good folks at Sesame Workshop recently sent me two of their new Video USB Flash drives to try out. I never thought that a USB drive could be considered “cute” but the ones that arrived in my mailbox certainly were. Why? Because these USBs are shaped like a Sesame Street character’s face. You separate the two parts to put the drive into your USB slot and then it looks like your Sesame friend is peeking out of the side of your computer. As I type this Grover is looking up at me from the side of my laptop. The two USB halves are connected by a stretchy cord so you won’t lose any pieces. The USB drives come installed with a full length Sesame Street video. The videos vary depending on which character you choose. The drive also has room for for storage, the description says up to 400 photos or songs.
I liked the Sesame Street USB drives for several reasons. First, as my seven year old would say, they’re “stinking cute”. Second, you’re getting a video in addition to a USB drive, fun and functional. Lastly, they’re kid friendly. The character part of the drive is made from a soft, rubbery material that seems anything but breakable. The packaging says they’re waterproof and break proof but I didn’t feel like putting those features to the test. Sure I could have let my baby suck on the drive to test the waterproof part but then I’d have to eventually take it away which would result in a meltdown.
Now do kids really need a USB drive? My 5th grader has had to take a flash drive to school at least half a dozen times this year for various projects. My other kids will be there soon but for now they’re happy with the video part of this device. If I have to send a drive to school then I’d rather send something like this. I think it’s less likely to get lost in a backpack or cubby than the small black drive we’ve been sending. Which has been lost and then found. Twice. Plus there’s the Sesame Street factor and I don’t care how old you are, Muppety things are always fun.
Seller: Sesame Street/ATP
Disclosure: I was given this product for review purposes.