After writing the last article on the Swarovski Active Crystals, I was intrigued by the USB sparkly pets. In a spontaneous moment, I placed my order for the Swarovski Purple Chloy Memory Key in the online store.Â Perhaps it was a crazy ideaâ¦.$100 for a USB, but it looked so cute! And last week, my Swarovski Turtle USB arrivedâ¦yeah!
Everything looked all Swarovski-like on the outsideâ¦.box, identification label, etc.Â I opened up the box and pulled the USB memory key out of the packaging and began looking for a Swarovski logo. On the back of the plastic USB, sure enough, there was a white Swarski swan on one of the turtleâs feet.Â Nearby the logo, the printed words said âMade in Chinaâ.Â Made in China?Â I guess I was taken back a bit by that.
I knew that the turtle pulled apart as the head part is the USB.Â I tugged and tugged.Â It was rather stubborn, but it did finally release.Â The insideâ¦.now that was a surprise. Â I took a picture that shows the Swarovski USB Memory Key next to a USB stick that my kids use for school work.Â It looks a lot different.Â (Maybe this is the newest technology?) My kids didnât even believe me when I said it was a USB!Â Of course, the Swarovski USB Turtle did indeed work when I plugged it into my computer.
But in the end, hereâs my opinion of my $100 Swarovski USB purchase.Â I donât think the USB Turtle represents the high quality products that come to mind when I hear the word âSwarovskiâ.Â I didnât really expect an inexpensive plastic turtle with USB 1.0 / 2.0 compatibility.Â Â Â I knew it was 4GB, but still think for the price, it should have been 8GB or 16GB and USB 3.0 compatible.
My recommendation? Visit a Swarovski store so that you can see and know exactly what you are getting. If this is not possible, buy a higher capacity USB with a warranty for $20 or less, and use the money saved for genuine Swarovski crystal figurines.