Date: July 20th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Crucial
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A USB HARD DRIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A USB HARD DRIVE IN CANADA
CONCLUSIONS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
After using a flash drive liberally for the past year or so, I haven't had a floppy in eyesight other than for the random BIOS flash. With more and more motherboards on the market natively being able to boot from a USB drives, floppies are looking down the barrel of extinction and my guess they will be completely wiped out in about 5 years. USB flash drives are here to stay and are the new standard in safe, affordable, trouble free data transport.
Moving on to Crucial's example reviewed today, I am left with mixed feelings. The drive performs well and problem free, and could be touted as one of the smallest USB drives around. But on the other hand, the price is almost twice as some other manufacturers drives with the same capacity. This is a major down point seeing that you will be paying for the name on the side and not for the product. Add in the fuzzy specifications on Crucial's website about the actual USB standard and I feel that their are more honest, affordable solutions out on the market right now. As I said before, click on the PRICEGRABBER link at the top of the page and you will see what I mean.
Because the drive does perform problem free, it is awarded the "Good Product Award"
- Performs Flawlessly
- Small Size
- 128Meg capacity should be fine for most users
- Very Expensive Compared to Other Equivalent Drives
- USB Specification on Crucial's Website are not Clear
- Available only through Crucial's Website
If you have any questions or thought on this flash drive, please feel free to post them in our forum HERE.