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Sesame Street Video USB Drive Review

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Sesame Street Video USB Drive Review

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The Sesame Street USB drive from ATP is cute, durable and easy to use, making it the perfect storage peripheral for its intended audience. Each flash drive comes preloaded with a Sesame Street video, and it leaves you with plenty of room to store the rest of your kid-friendly media. Its only downside is that it’s quite wide, which can be great for chubby fingers but not so great for scarce USB ports.

At a Glance

The Good: Waterproof, durable, easy to use

The Bad: Very wide, slow transfer speeds

Sunny Days …

The Sesame Street Video USB drives come in seven different “characters”: Elmo, Big Bird, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby, and a Sesame Street street sign. Each one comes with a different video preloaded onto the drive. I tested the Ernie version of the drives, enlisting my preschool son as an assistant. He was able to uncap the drive with no problem (he loved the bungee cord that attaches the “mouth” to the rest of Ernie’s head) and carefully slide the drive into the port. The drive offers the choice between watching the included video, going to the Sesame Street website, or using the drive as a storage device.

The flash drives are extremely wide from ear-to-ear, and they concealed two out of my three USB ports. ATP does offer a USB extension cable if they prove to be just too wide for your computer. They are extremely durable, though, constructed of thick rubber that begs to be played with and dropped. We left ours in a glass of water for about an hour, and it fired back up with no problems.

Each USB drive ranges from 1.3GB to 1.5GB, a company spokeswoman told me, depending on the size of the included video. Be aware that you will not be able to copy or delete the video from the drive.

Sweeping the Clouds Away …

Since it’s unlikely you’ll be using this as a work peripheral, data-transfer speeds are probably not your top concern. But take note that it took an average of 50 seconds to transfer more than 241MB of photos -- that’s extremely slow. Just make sure you do your transferring when your kid isn’t having an epic meltdown.

Bottom Line

The Sesame Street drives are adorable and durable -- the perfect criteria for the under-40-inches set. At around $24.99, it’s pricier than your standard 1.5GB-ish drive, but remember that you get an included video and that you’re also paying for ruggedness. If you think their wide size might be an issue for your computer (I can envision this being a problem for desktop computer users), request the USB extension cable from ATP before you show it off to your kid.
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