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This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Ultra 120GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVU120GB
Pros: + tough casing
+ fast performance
Cons: - large
- exterior looks cheap
- not as fast as advertised
Other Thoughts: I was torn between this and the Sandisk Extreme drive. What won me over was the casing. I was worried that the plastic keychain hole on the Sandisk looked thin and flimsy, and was likely to break. There was an extreme pro model that had a more robust piece of metal there, but it was very pricy.
This flash drive will not get lost. That piece is metal. It will not break. It's also huge, making it even more difficult to lose. This thing is so large, you are basically giving your car keys a handle.
The drive is lighter than I thought. Very tough, but very light. It feels like you are holding a maglite. I could probably kill someone with it if I swung it just right.
The sticker on the side is a bit obnoxious. It is one of those rounded protruding decal stickers, so it looks cheap, and the painted exterior keeps the cheap look going.
The rubber cap is not going to fall off. I came from a Lacie CooKey that had served me well for 4 years. I accepted that I will not get the performance I want in that form factor. I accepted that if I want a flash drive that doesn't short out, I need one with a proper USB connecter. I still hated the idea of a cap. This one is a good quality rubber that fits perfectly. It will not accidentally fall off, but you can still misplace it.
This drive is not as fast as the ad leads you to believe. My mac was only able to able to hit 120 write, 190 read. Windows was a little slower. I believe that comes from buying the 120 gig model rather than the 240. This is big for a flash drive, but it is really a small SSD. Higher capacities will perform better.
This drive wins me over in a few ways. First, it's not going to break free from my keychain like I believe the Sandisk would. Second, even though it is cheaply painted and bedazzled, it is a very sturdy piece of equipment. Third, I get much more capacity per dollar than I would with the Sandisk.
My only worry is the controller. These use the infamous SF-2281 controller. While I never use Sandforce based drives, I was willing to take the risk on an external drive. So far, it runs just fine, and should anything come up, the firmware is upgradable, so it's more about Mushkin backing the product than Sandforce. Time will tell if this becomes an issue.
Finally, these do get warm while in use. They do not get hot. They will not burn you, melt your computer, or burn a hole to the center of the earth.
This review is from: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Pros: Very fast
Cons: the UI gets in the way of whatever you are trying to do
hides everything from the user
Other Thoughts: You can tell MS had some fantastic ideas and really wanted to try something new here, but it has come out worse than GNOME shell. This interface is great for a phone, okay for a tablet, and abhorrent for a desktop.
No wonder PC sales were so bad last holiday season.
Pros: good price
Cons: won't hold me at night, tell me everything will be okay
Other Thoughts: I'm using this on an AMD Kaveri APU and have over clocked it to 2400 on stock voltage. It runs just fine. I have begun using this brand in all my builds due to the price and it has yet to disappoint me.READ FULL REVIEW