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10 Years On Some Of The Old Classic Custom USB Sticks Are Still Popular

Posted by USB2U on 23rd December 2011 | Permalink

We’re now in our 10th year of supplying USB flash drives and surprisingly some of the custom USB flash drive models we used to sell right at the start of the company are still being sold today.

Oval Classic USB

Oval Classic USB

They might not be being sold in quite the same numbers that they used to but we still get the occasional order for these classic custom USB drives. Part of their enduring appeal is that they’re a little larger than many of the newer (smaller) models, the core piece that carries the print (or engraving) is made from tactile brushed aluminium and when they’re printed they look fantastic.

The slightly larger physical size of these classic USB sticks gives a little more scope for printing larger and more complex images. The outer “trim colour” that runs around the edge of the USB drive can also be changed to compliment the colour of any logo or design printed.

Harbour Classic USB

Harbour Classic USB

If you’re a fan of “old school” USB flash drives then the “Harbour” or “Oval” models that we sell will be right up your street.

If you want something a little more contemporary but you need the drive to accommodate a large or complex print then you might want to consider the new USB Credit Cards – these are super thin at only 2mm thick, they are the same shape as a standard bank or credit card and you can print on the whole surface area on both sides of the card.

Despite being only 2mm thick these USB Credit Cards are available in all the standard memory sizes up to a whopping 32GB.

Whether you order classic style USB sticks or any of our more contemporary models remember that we offer free design, free mock-up’s free samples, free 4 colour printing, free gift boxes and free delivery to any address in the UK.

If you’ve not ordered from us before you might want to check out what some of our customers are saying about us on the TrustPilot review website.

USB Credit Cards

USB Credit Cards

Interested? Give us a call or fill out the on-line quote enquiry form and we’ll get back to you in a flash!


Print Large and Complex Logos onto Credit Card USB Flash Drives

Posted by USB2U on 29th September 2011 | Permalink

USB Cards with Complex Logo

If you have a large or complex logo, you need to consider the type of USB stick that will work best for you in terms of presentation and marketing. Most USB sticks only have a print area of around 2-3cm on both sides which is fine if you have a clear, simple and strong logo to work with, but if you’ve got a large or complex logo then it’s not always easy to choose the right memory stick.

Most models are fine if all you need to do is print your company logo or brand on the drive and maybe just a phone number or website address. If this is all your requirements are, then products like the ubiquitous “Twister” model or the “Chic” are ideal, hence why they are so popular. However, if you have a larger or more complicated logo, especially one that you’d like printing in full colour, then you will need to think harder about how to represent this in the most professional manner.

One option (but it’s not appropriate for some companies) is to print the logo on one side of the stick and print the contact information on the other side of the stick. However, this can lead to the printing becoming squashed, more than likely resulting in an illegible mess that will do no favours to you or your brand. Conversely, if you choose just a very large USB flash drive, you could end up with something that’s both unwieldy and not particularly attractive.

The other option is to “simplify” the logo or reduce the number of colours in the logo to allow it to be reproduced in the limited space available. Again, not ideal particularly if you have to comply with internal Corporate Brand Guidelines and have to deal with the “Brand Police”. To be fair though, printing and reproducing your brand or logo correctly is critical. There is absolutely no point spending a fortune designing and developing a brand only to compromise it simply because the product you want to reproduce it on can’t support it.

Unfortunately the reality is that many standard shaped USB sticks are pretty small and the print area on the sticks can be even smaller. Small, compact and portable USB memory sticks are popular with users but they’re not always ideal for complex logos.

Don’t give up, however! There are several ways to deal with this challenge including using a Credit Card style USB memory stick. These are exactly same shape and size (but are 2mm thick) as a bank or credit card but they have built in flash memory and a USB connector stored discretely in the body of the card. One of the main benefits of this product is that it fits neatly into a wallet alongside regular bank cards and provides lots of flat space (front and back) to print on

USB Credit Cards

There are several USB Credit Cards to choose from and they all support the latest full colour printing process techniques to achieve a very high-resolution reproduction of any complex design. They are available in a wide range of memory sizes from 128MB all the way up to 64GB, with 1GB and 2GB versions currently the most popular.

Alternatively you if you would prefer a more “traditional” looking USB stick then you could consider the “Slider” model. This USB stick is capless, it has an integral keying loop and it’s a little larger than other memory sticks without being excessively large. But, the real beauty of this model is the very large print area onto which you can print.

Just like any regular promotional USB flash drive, USB credit cards and Sliders can be pre-loaded with your corporate information or product information before distribution. The finished product as these images illustrate looks fantastic and they make a real impact when given out. For the relatively small incremental cost, they are the best option for large or complex logos.

If you think the USB Credit Card or Slider flash drive might solve your memory stick dilemma then give us a call (it’s free) and we’ll provide you with a personalised quote and our in-house designer will mock-up an example for you (free of charge) so you can see just how it will look.