Blackcoin USB Card Product Review

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IMG_1317Yesterday I received my Blackcoin USB card in the mail. After ordering it in May and waiting for a long time without any updates from the seller, it arrived in quality packaging. From my understanding, the initial production lot was very limited, and the seller quickly sold their initial stock, and all orders were put on backorder as the seller waited for another shipment to arrive from China from the manufacturer. The Blackcoin USB card is not simply a USB drive with the Blackcoin logo on it, but a USB Stick preloaded with software which includes a wallet, news, information about Blackcoin and several other features. The card costs $20 USD with free shipping and can be purchased with Bitcoin, Blackcoin, Dogecoin, and Litecoin. The card is an 8GB USB stick with a massive amount of storage space, as the program is only 270 MB. Blackcoin is a POS Altcoin.

Disclaimer: The Author has some holdings in Blackcoin, this review is not meant to bolster the altcoin and is strictly an evaluation of the product based on its quality, price, and features.

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My first impression of the card was quite good, the card is much thinner than I expected and fits a leather wallet with ease. The card is made of high-quality materials and has a very glossy surface. The only drawback to the surface is that it is very prone to smudging from holding the card, but it wipes off easily with a wet paper towel. Once plugged in, the software can be launched from the USB folder. The interface is clean and easy to use, but some of the program’s features are not yet ready to use.

 

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The program includes a map of some merchants that accept Blackcoin, news from the developers, as well as the current Blackcoin price in various fiat currencies. The sidebar includes a wallet, information about purchasing and selling Blackcoin, and other tools. The Shop, Mining, and Help links are not currently available for use yet and display “Compiling list… please check back later.” The map is interactive and displays merchants that accept Blackcoin. The wallet that is built into the program is the same as the standard desktop wallet. The wallet can be backed up, encrypted, and new addresses can be generated.

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Overall, the product is a good choice for people wanting something cool to have that has to do with their cryptocurrency. The card itself would make it easier for someone to get started with cryptocurrency and understand it while giving them a “cool-factor” of having a physical USB card that they could carry around in their physical wallets. Like all USB drives, it important to plug the card into a computer every once in a while. Data on a USB drive will start to corrupt in about a year, and will completely degenerate in 5 years. I will recommend making a backup file for the wallet if you intend on purchasing one. I will update my review as the missing features are updated so that the review reflects the current state of the card. So far it has been a pretty good purchase. This is the first USB card built for cryptocurrency of its kind. The software’s features and the solid construction give it fairly good value for the price; however, a more reasonable price would be $15 USD. I would recommend this product to a friend. The ability to purchase a card in cryptocurrency is a plus. If you have any questions or would like to leave your own review, feel free to do so in the comments section below.

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Drew is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Business. He is an active member of the Cryptocurrency community, and enjoys collecting, trading, and writing about various coins. Outside of the digital currency world, Drew tends to spend his time with friends, playing video games, or studying.