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Minimal Design is the key Virtue especially for Car audio. Not great for speedy transfers though.
28 October 2018
A PREVIEW TO PURCHASE:
I have been a fanatic for flagship goods especially when it comes to electronic gadgets but sadly enough when it comes to a pen drive, the choice becomes tough between speed vs storage vs cost vs looks vs portability vs availability.
So, after trying out a number of USB drives I arrived to the conclusion that if you want speed- better go for storage capacities of 128 GB or more as they aren’t flash drives but are miniature SSDs which offer the greatest speeds of all USBs OR OTHERWISE just choose a USB based upon your storage & portability needs.
I needed one for plugging into my car audio & hence a minimal non-intrusive design & size was expected.
None other than Sandisk offers such ultra-compact designs in india.
I did not want it to be ultra-fast or ultra-costly. A simple storage device that felt non-existent in the car was all needed.
Mind you – My previous ultra-fit USB died recently in just 2 years & yet again I am here buying a sandisk just because of its minimal signature.
USB 3.0 vs USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2 :
These are some of the technical jargon where the manufacturers take advantage of the users general ignorance.
So let me clear the fact that USB 3.0 & USB 3.1 Gen 1 are essentially the same thing with same 5 Gbps speeds.
USB 3.1 Gen 2 is the newer protocol with double the rate at 10 Gbps.
Our product is just USB 3.1 gen 1 so technically the same as USB 3.0, so nothing to feel really privileged about unless its gen 2.
ABOUT OUR PRODUCT:
Some of the key points about this pen drive are:
1.) The pen drive is a USB 3.1 gen 1 so is technically a USB 3.0 only with backward compatibility to USB 2.0.
2.) It is 2 cm long & 1.5 cm wide so is quite compact but hard to trace when misplaced due to its very small size.
3.) It comes with a very small size , a black plastic end cover is available with strap hole.this portion looks quite fragile though.
**Rigidity, durability & by some measures heat dissipation are
a concern for the drive.
4.) The drive, I received was manufactured in Malaysia in August 2018,so was pretty recently manufactured.
5.) Actual space available for storage was 14.3 GB out of the name plate rating of 16 GB, rest is used for intrinsic file systems.
6.) It came formatted in FAT 32 file system with 16 KB of allocation unit size. You can re-format it in NTFS or exFAT as per your wish for transfer of larger file systems than 2 GB .
7.) It mentions an operating temperature range of 0 to 45 degrees C & storage range being -20 to 70 degrees C, which, anyways looks inadequate though from any point.
8.) The data R/W speeds are nothing great but yet I managed to get around 112 M Bps read & average 20 to 24 M Bps
9.) Haven’t observed any sufficient heating till now to specifically point it out.
All in all, I would just say that at this price point ,It might just be the best suitable offer with a compact size, especially for car audios.
However, if you are a speed enthusiast, this might just disappoint you.Yet it is not the slowest of all , if that is any consolation for a normal user.