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This review is from: PNY 256GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive (P-FD256TBOP-GE)
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use, and read speed is decent.
Cons: Slow writing
Other Thoughts: I own a few of the 128GB version of this and they work very well for both reading and writing. My application is mostly writing and exclusively on Linux.
My first one failed almost immediately and PNY replaced it quickly and easily under warranty. The problem is.... this thing is much slower than the 128GB versions. I have only run this under Linux so maybe there is something about the 256GB version that communicates poorly with Linux. It is fully encrypted and using a file system not supported on Windows (ext4), so I have not tested it there. I just know that with this drive I need to pretty much start my process and then just leave.
If you do mostly reading, or do not try to write a few GB at a time, this may work fine for you.
To put it into perspective, I just ran a backup and it generated a summary of 111MB in size. This summary file took 1 min 45 seconds to write. In other words, a bit over 100KB a second to write the file. I am basing this off logs, so there may have been some processing time to generate the file (all in memory and the stats are a simply dump of internal structures), but it will not significantly affect the time.
By the time this is generated, a significant amount of work has been done, so, if things heat-up and then slow down to prevent over-heating (I said if, I have no idea if this happens) then that will certainly be in play. Regardless, I consider this slow for my uses.
Pros: It works, and is fast.
Cons: Requires one 20 pin internal connection and one connection that runs outside the case. I would have preferred if it had plug-in connectors on the back of the reader and cables / adapters to use use internal or external ports. For me, it was the best solution as provided, but...
Other Thoughts: I tested a few different types of cards and USB devices and they all work just fine.
It seems that most of my USB keys have status lights such that when I plug them in, the status light is facing down and I can not see it. This reader continues that trend. My solution was to mount the card reader upside down so that I can read my status lights since I do that often.
I had no problem reading any card that I dropped into this device, and, it was pretty fast. I am very happy at the moment with this device. I hope that it has good longevity.
Pros: It worked
Other Thoughts: What can I say? I needed an adapter for my USB3 card, ant it worked like a charm.READ FULL REVIEW