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           USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review

Product :

  USB 2.0 Flash Memory Drive

Manufacturer :

  Super Talent Flash

Reviewed by :

  Aaron Stelpstra

Price :

  $59 USD

Date :

  17th April 2004


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I've always despised floppy disks and everything that they stand for. They are flimsy, slow, big and have a tendency towards destroying data, but up until recently have been the only option for most data transportation. Then along came my saviour, the USB Flash drive. They brought convenient data transportation into a new era with their speed, small size and cavernous capacity.

It's a very crowded marketplace these days so manufacturers must do a great deal to differentiate themselves from the pack. This means that attention to detail is vital.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a 256mb USB 2.0 Flash Drive produced by Super Talent Flash sent to me by PC Toy Land. It uses a clear plastic casing so you can see the electronic internals as well as an LED to display drive activity.

Here's the detailed specs:

My Windows XP system detected the drive immediately upon bootup, installed the required driver and then flashed an ugly warning message at me. "High Speed USB device plugged into low speed port". Feeling a bit foolish at my surprise I remembered that my Abit KX7-333 is getting a bit ancient. Feeling the need for speed I headed off to the local computer shop and picked up a trusty 5 port USB 2.0 PCI card to provide a more accurate display of drive speeds.

The drive itself is solidly built out of a hard, smooth plastic that was resistant to my attempts to bend, chip or otherwise damage it. I dropped it a couple of times without any visible damage occurring so you can be assured that your investment will survive regular usage even if you happen to be careless.
Now as for the clear casing, I would have preferred to see the PCB follow the same colour theme. A plain green colour does not go well with the red-tinted casing.
The USB connection connector is protected by a cap that slides on and off easily. Unfortunately when the cap is off it becomes immensely easy to lose because there is no way to fasten it to the rest of the drive. This problem is a distinct oversight because simply making it clip onto the back of the drive or providing a hole to loop string through would have solved it.
The drive is also difficult to grip well enough to pull out of some poorly formed USB ports. The little loop at the back of the drive is too small to clamp onto properly and the plastic is too smooth to properly grip even with the indentation for your thumb. A coarse coating at the thumb area would have been appreciated. You also have the option of attaching a piece of string which will solve this issue.



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