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V-Tec V-Drive USB Flash Drive
Author : Wayne Date : 6th June 2002
...Product V-Drive USB Flash Drive
...Manufacturer V-Tec
...Supplier V-Tec
...Price RRP 42.00

 

 

Introduction :

Considering we were reviewing this type of solid state USB storage device way back at the start of 2001 it seems to have taken a long time for them to make an impression on the market. There's absolutely no denying how useful and convenient they are so it can only be the price that's hindered their progress, an almost unavoidable part of the evolution of a new product. There are numerous similar devices on the market right now so what makes the V-Tec V-Drive so special? Let's find out :

About V-Tec : Not to be confused with VTech who make those electronic educational toys for toddlers, V-Tec were established in 1991 to "fulfil the corporate IT service industry and systems upgrade demand with market competitive, performance memory products manufactured to meet compatibility standards for a broad range of Original PC manufacturers products." Despite their low profile in the retail sector they're a fairly large company with six offices worldwide and a lot of experience in the memory market. For more details on V-Tec click HERE.

The Product : What I'm looking at today is the V-Drive USB Flash Drive. We were supplied the 32MB version but other than the capacity the whole range of V-Drives share the same characteristics. Here's the specs :

Product Features

External data storage & exchange
Hot Plug & Play USB interface
No external power required
Flexible capacity: 8MB-1GB
Write Protection
Status Indication by dual LED
No driver required for Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x, Linux 2.4.x
Driver for Windows 98 included
USB Extension Cable Included

System Requirements

Operating System: Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x, Linux 2.4.x
USB interface
Technical Specifications

USB 1.1 specification compliance
Access time:
read transfer: 920Kbyte/s.
write transfer: 600Kbyte/s
Dimensions:
83.5 x 22.5 x 10.5mm
(3.28 x 0.88 x 0.41 inches)
Weight: 15g
Data retention time: 10 years
Storage media: Nand Flash memory
One year warranty

 

  V-DRIVE PRICING

CAPACITY
PART NO.
RRP
MB
 
32MB
VT-DRIVE32
42.00
(69)*
64MB
VT-DRIVE64
59.00
(96)*
128MB
VT-DRIVE128
107.00
(175)*
256MB
VT-DRIVE256
196.00
(320)*
512MB
VT-DRIVE512
275.00
(450)*
1GB
VT-DRIVE1GB
TBA
TBA

*Euro price only as a guide (taken at rate of 1.635 to 1)
- subject to daily currency fluctuation.

Price Includes:
V-Drive
CD (with Win. 98 drivers)
Lanyard (Neck Cord)
USB Extension Cable
User Manual
Warranty Card
Retail Packaging

Prices exclude carriage and VAT but include one year return to base warranty. Subject to availability. Further details from VTEC Industry Europe Sales office - Tel: 01264 336901 or email sales@vtec.co.uk.


The great convenience in this type of device comes from its small size and USB interface. Now you can quickly and easily switch information between any number of computers provided they feature a functional USB port. From updating drivers on several machines, carrying and running diagnostics software, sharing MP3s, carrying digital photos and scans the list of uses is limited pretty much only by the capacity and with V-Tec offering a range of sizes right the way up to full 1GB even this shouldn't be a problem if you can pay the asking price. As you can see the 32MB we're testing today costs 42.00 but a little searching will certainly net you a better price than this, probably nearer 38. I'd still like to see these devices become a little cheaper but they're a lot more attractively priced than they were and are a great investment if you regularly need to transport data from place to place.

 

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