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Pros: Write is stable @5MB/s
Read is stable @20MB/s
Very sturdy. Looks and acts in a professional matter and has a matte black finish all around. Comes preformatted with FAT32 which offers most compatibility with your computer and devices @7.4GB free space.
Cons: No lanyard included.
Overall Review: The movable 'cap' cover moves firmly in it's rails and is not flimsy and stays put well enough at both ends until one moves it to the other side. If you need a nice lanyard enter lanyard word in your search engine or you can make one out of a fishing line. Be prudent think about future and press "Yes" button below if you think this review was helpful.
Pros: It works and it's inexpensive.
Cons: Not formatable to NTFS without using the command window. Plastic protector shroud does not stay locked over the USB connector.
Overall Review: This is just fine if you're going to keep it at home and back up pictures or small documents. For daily travel and large files, this is not a good product.
Pros: I bought this as a no-frills simple USB drive from a trusted brand. My only real requirement was that it be capless. Caps suck.
It works. Hasn't died yet. Good right? Sort of. Read my cons below.
Cons: It's SLOW. Too slow to just call slow. I had to test it for you.
Here are my empirical findings...
Test Platform: High-end desktop with Intel 520 SSD as source/destination drive (no bottleneck here)
[I didn't rely on Windows speed calculation, which is abysmal. I took the elapsed time on a stopwatch, then calculated the speed myself.]
---Scenario 1: A single 1.13 GB video file---
READ... Elapsed time: 1m 14s | Speed: 15.62 MB/sec
WRITE... Elapsed time: 6m 55s | Speed: 2.78 MB/sec
Simply PATHETIC. Not even 3 MB/sec to write a single 1.1 GB file to this drive? This thing certainly won't work for those in an hurry.
--Scenario 2: 1.13 GB worth of 7299 small files (text files, images, PDFs, documents)---
READ... Elapsed time: 1m 46s | Speed: 10.88 MB/sec
WRITE... Elapsed time: 16m 11s | Speed: 1.19 MB/sec
It's common knowledge that a large amount of small files will take much longer, even if the total size is the same, but c'mon?! 16 minutes to write a little over 1 GB to this thing? Most of which was copied was images, so if you're the type who wants to take your photo collection on the go, this drive isn't ideal.
Overall Review: You're better off burning data to a blank DVD. The disc may hold half as much, but you can write 1.13 GB to it at 8x speed in under 2 minutes. And you can grab the data off the disc in like 30 seconds. Not to mention the cost of a single DVD-R works out to 25 cents.
...or just buy a better USB drive.
Pros: Received as a freebie. Nice design, can put on a key chain (where it should stay). Faster than a Class 2 device!
Cons: Unbelievably slow. First time I used it, it took over 10 minutes to write a 10 Gb file. Formatted (full) exFAT, tested with H2testw, and found that it was 3.41 MByte/sec. Took 4:52 minutes to run a 1GByte test.
Overall Review: How this rates at 4 eggs is almost comical - clearly most people don't care about performance. I do. On a positive note, it does read at 16.8 MByte/sec.
Pros: I like how firm the device slides open and closed. It is much nicer than having a cap to deal with.
Cons: It is a little on the bulky side. By not means a huge thing but small is always nice right?
Overall Review: Along with my complaint about the size, it does feel very sturdy and well built. I wouldn't worry about crushing it in my pocket or anything.
Pros: Free with Malwarebytes software. Retail version and free for my clients. Happy clients = happy me
Cons: No cons. What can you beat for free?
Pros: It works. Read speeds aren't bad at all, in the high teens.
Cons: Slo-o-ow writes at 4-5 MB/s. Not bad for 3 years ago, awfully slow by today's standards.
Overall Review: Fine as a freebie, not worth saving a few bucks if you're paying for it, though.
It has no activity light. Some might consider this a pro, some a con - personally, I don't care.
Pros: Got it free with Malwarebytes promotion. I really like the "no cap" style of this drive. At 8GBs, will be my new keychain drive. Can't go wrong with Kingston either.
Cons: Isn't 1TB.