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19 Flash Drive Roundup

19 Flash Drive Roundup

Conclusion (Normal Drives)

Lexar JumpDrive Lightning 4GB
The Lexar JumpDrive Lightning is certainly the fastest drive in this round-up when dealing with large files. It’s average speed of 28.2MB/s and random access time of 0.5ms place it on top of the performance charts. The endurance factor of the drive is rather low but this is because of the extremely high speed of the drive. Lexar covers the JumpDrive Lightning with a lifetime warranty so that should appease any concerns the end user may have about long term reliability. The only negative aspect about the JD Lightning could be its relatively large size, as it is one of the largest and heaviest flash drives in our roundup. It is also expensive. This drive wins our Shortlist Award.

SuperTalent DG 4GB
The DG series drives from SuperTalent are perhaps the best choice for those who want a small, lightweight and yet extremely fast drive. The DG drive is simple looking and feels fragile, but the high transfer speeds and low asking price make up for it. SuperTalent covers the DG series drives with a limited lifetime warranty, comforting the potential buyers who care about reliability over many years. Despite that the simple appearance of the DG drives hides that they can be quite special, they are very fast and offer extremely good value for money. This drive wins our Heavenly Hardware Best in Class Award.

Corsair Padlock 2GB
The Corsair Padlock is a special kind of drive designed for a specific market group. The Padlock is the largest and heaviest flash drive of our roundup and the integrated keyboard is to blame. The only group of people who would have use of the Padlock are those who are highly concerned about security and want to be able to unlock/lock their drive without the need of software, independently of the computer or its operating system. It is a bulky, heavy drive but the asking price is not too high as we initially suspected it could be because of the integrated keypad.

OCZ Rally2 2GB
The OCZ Rally 2 may not be the fastest drive currently available as the company states, but it certainly is very fast, especially when it comes to dealing with very small file transfers. Because of its low asking price and good speed it is a fine choice for a drive which has to be fast but not too small, such as drives dedicated on serving as ReadyBoost devices. This drive wins our Editor’s Choice Award.

Sharkoon FlexiDrive EC1 2GB
The FlexiDrive EC1 from Sharkoon actually surprised us with its performance. The very low price tag of the drive suggested that the EC1 would be among the slowest drives in our round-up but it ended up being one of the fastest. While the quality of its plastics is poor and the design is uninspiring, the extremely low price and good performance make it one of the best choices for a basic cheap data back-up drive. This drive wins our Editor’s Choice Award.

Lexar JumpDrive Secure II Plus 4GB
The Lexar JumpDrive Secure II Plus is an impressive drive because of the integrated capacity meter, it is a great idea to see how much free space the drive has even when it’s not plugged to a computer. The performance is average but the JD Secure II Plus is, as the name suggests, aiming for the highest security and not ultimate performance. For that reason Lexar preloads 256-bit encryption and file shredding software into the Secure II Plus. The only true falldown of the Secure II Plus is the price tag which is almost double that of a similar performance model without the integrated capacity meter and the preloaded software.

Kingston DataTraveler 100 2GB
The Kingston DataTraveler 100 is a simple entry-level flash drive offering good value for money. True enough, this plastic cap-less drive with the retractable USB connector is not very fast but it is rather cheap. For a drive of this price range, the DataTraveler 100 has a very high endurance factor as well. It’s not a very good looking or lightning fast drive, but it does what it is meant to do reliably. If what you need is not high speed or fancy looks but a simple, cheap drive with which you can back-up and/or transfer data reliably every now and then, the DataTraveler 100 is a fine choice. This drive wins our Shortlist Award.

Transcend Jetflash V30 4GB
The Transcend JF V30 is probably built with some of the cheapest components currently available in order to offer good storage capacity at an unbeatable low price. While Transcend succeeded, the V30 is a very slow drive and physically frail as well. It is not bad looking at all but the plastic body of the V30 is so thin that it can be broken by squeezing it hard with your fingers and the cap feels a bit loose after taking it on and off a dozen times. As Transcend also include encryption software, we feel that the V30 is only suitable for long term data backup as it will probably be annoyingly slow for everyday use.

U Disk Drive / Diamond FD-14 2GB
Diamond succeeded in making the FD-14 very affordable; but failed on almost everything else. The drive is immensely slow and thus unsuitable for frequent file transfers, while the endurance factor of the drive is quite low for such a slow performance drive. The aluminum monolithic body certainly was a good idea but the lack of a single logo or some engraved pattern turns that good idea to an aesthetically uninspiring device. We cannot recommend the FD-14 unless you need a very cheap drive for a few file transfers or a one-time backup (or for a very cheap gift).

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