Autodrive Car USB Memory Stick Review

Autodrive Die cast model Car USB Memory Stick Land rover aston martin nascar-4063

If, like us, you are completely car-mad, you probably also enjoy everything surrounding them. Whether it’s reading a big hardback stuffed with high quality photographs of supercars, collecting and using various waxes and polishes on your pride and joy’s paintwork, or spending many happy hours building a model of something exotic with a V12, it’s all part of being a petrolhead.

Autodrive Die cast model Car USB Memory Stick Land rover aston martin nascar-4101

We’re always on the lookout for more car gear and came across something rather neat that you’ll also want to add to your pool of motoring-related stuff: USB flash drive cars. Sounds slightly dull, but they aren’t. They are, in fact, really very cool. AutoRegalia.co.uk offered to send us a couple to test, and with a wide choice that includes Aston Martin, Lotus, Audi, Maserati, Bentley, BMW, Mini, VW, Lamborghini, Ford, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz – it wasn’t easy to choose. These USB cars are not some cheap knock-off’s, but the real thing, officially licensed by the manufacturers and made of die-cast metal, so you know you’re buying a decent product.

Features

As mentioned, there’s absolutely loads of marques and models available, and if you weren’t told that these little 1:72 scale cars actually double as USB flash drives, you wouldn’t know unless you looked really closely – they simply look like a small model as the wheels even turn and feature soft rubber tyres. No, you can’t swap them for a stickier set of Michelins or Goodyears for better traction. Regarding size, at around 60 x 30 mm (2.3 x 1.2″) these are easily small enough to keep in your jeans pocket or one of those hidden compartments in a bag.

To use the car as a memory stick, there’s a button on the car’s undercarriage which you slide along to push out the USB section. You can then plug the car directly into any USB such as your computer or car radio. If you need it, there’s a high quality cable included in case it’s too awkward to connect the car into the port directly. Once plugged in, the car’s lights at the front or rear (depending on the model) then flash or go solid during data transfer.

In the end, we chose two from Autodrive; an Aston Martin V12 Vantage and a classic short-wheel-base Land Rover Defender. We also went for a Jimmie Johnson NASCAR-licensed version in 4Gb, which are slightly different in that the car splits in half to reveal the USB connector, and you also get a pretty cool NASCAR lanyard with it too! Memory capacity for the Autodrive versions includes 4, 8, 16 and 32 gb.

Autodrive Car USB Memory Stick Land Rover defender Model

Any issues? The NASCAR model comes pre-loaded with driver-specific videos, pictures and sounds, but these are just a bunch of low-resolution and grainy images, a very short film about the driver which was actually stretched and couldn’t be made into a normal ratio, and one very short sound bite of the cars being fired up before the race start. So, don’t buy one of the NASCAR sticks hoping for much info if you’re a fan. Best to delete all that and add your own photos on.

Price

Prices (correct April ’14) start at £12.99 for a 2Gb version, and go up to £31.99 for something like a VW Campervan or Beetle with 8Gb. The Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin V12 Vantage 8Gb are both priced at £23.99, while the NASCAR 4Gb is £19.99.

Our verdict

Autodrive Car USB Memory Stick Jimmie Johnson 48 Official Nascar model-2

Although the price is fair for the cars, we think they should have a higher capacity for the money as memory sticks now are cheap, and there are plenty to choose from with upwards of 32Gb for half the price of one of these car versions. Also, the pre-loaded data supplied with the NASCAR is very gimmicky and really needs updating and to be of way better quality for the true fans of the sport that’ll buy these.

Overall, these officially-licensed car USB memory sticks look great and are good quality too. If you want a fairly inexpensive gift for someone passionate about cars and motoring, you can’t go wrong with one of these.

Functions  Working LED headlights or tail lights (depending on model)
Works with  Windows 7, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA or Mac running OS/X
Marques available  Aston Martin, Bentley, Volkswagen, Lotus, Maserati, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover & more
Bundle  4, 8, 16 or 32Gb capacity & USB cable (dependant on model)
Size  Approx. 60 x 30 mm (2.3 x 1.2″) (dependant on model)
Buy Now  Car Products Tested Shop
Website  Car Products Tested Shop
Price  £12.99 – £31.99

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies, Matthew Davies

One response to “Autodrive Car USB Memory Stick Review”

  1. Steve

    These look great, they will make an ideal Christmas or birthday present for anyone who is into cars.

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