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19 Flash Drive Roundup

19 Flash Drive Roundup

Conclusion (Mini Drives)

ATP Petito 2GB
ATP certainly did a great job making an ultra fast 200x flash drive look like a stylish trinket. The Petito is very fast, especially when dealing with larger files, it looks chic and its body can resist light accidental damage. The only problem you could face with the Petito is losing the cap. While the cap sticks in place quite firmly it is bound to become easier and easier to come off over time, until you eventually lose it. While the ATP Petito is somewhat more expensive that most other 2GB flash drives, it is one of the fastest and smallest flash drives around. Highly recommended. This drive wins our Editor’s Choice Award.

SuperTalent Pico Series
The SuperTalent Pico series is certainly a very interesting line of products. All three drives are extremely small, perhaps even a bit too small for those who tend to easily lose their stuff. They are also aesthetically appealing and while we expected otherwise, quite competitively priced as well. However their performance left us with mixed feelings.

The Pico drives look to be very fast in our tests, however they seem to have a problem dealing with large sequential writes (large files). The read speed of all three drives when reading large files is amazing (~30MB/s) but the write speed goes down to below half that which ruins the overall performance. Still overall they are all very solid and high performing units. This drive wins our Editor’s Choice Award.

TwinMOS B1 4GB
It would seem that TwinMOS designed the B1 to be more a piece of jewellery rather than a flash drive. The extremely small size, thin design and almost weightless body of the B1 make it look more like a fashion trinket when hanging from its silver coated chain. Speed wise, the TwinMOS B1 is not extremely fast but it is very stable with both the read and write speed averaging 18MB/s. The only problem is the price tag which is considerably higher than the competition at time of writing. This drive wins our Shortlist Award.

Lexar JumpDrive Firefly 4GB
The Lexar JD Firefly is not a bad product, it is stylish well built and a decent performer. The problem is that it doesn’t to outclass the competition and the price seems excessively high.

It is certainly a solid, high quality drive with good read and write performance, averaging 18MB/s and it has the highest endurance factor of all drives in our round-up, but still we cannot find a reason why Lexar retails the 4GB JD Firefly for 100$, nearly twice the price of any other 4GB drive! We do believe that the Firefly needs a considerable performance upgrade or a significant price drop in order to be able to easily compete in today’s market.

Kingston DataTraveler Minifun 2GB
The Kingston Minifun drive left us with mixed feelings. On one hand we have a drive with competitive data transfer speeds and with a low retail price, especially once you consider it also comes with 2 games bundled and is covered by a 5 year warranty. On the other hand the kitschy toy-like design greatly limits the number of potential buyers. It is a cheap drive which performs well, but would you really like this hanging from your neck?

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Stuart Davidson

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