Date: April 15th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Super Talent
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH AND PICTORIAL
But, even though it is small, it is actually quite well built and is not a flimsy wafer like some of the other micro drives on the market. This product can and will take a beating and is also said to be water resistant. But do remember that it is not water proof, but if you drop it by mistake in a puddle, you will be more than safe if you retrieve it within a short period of time.
Although I did use a small AAA batteries to show the relative size difference, the Pico drive requires no external power source and is run of of the five volts supplied through your computers USB connection. Also as a side note, there is no activity/transfer LED to indicate a connection. This isn't a huge concern seeing if included it would have been too small to see anyways. ;)
To test out how the Pico drive transferred I compared it to a couple other USB2.0 1Gb drives I had floating around the office.
For a comparative test, I put the Pico up against a standard 1Gb drive from Ultra and a small 1Gb drive called OCZ Roadster (Review Here
All drives were tested using the same port, and with the same 1Gb test file. Instead of bothering with transfer rates and a bunch of benchmarks that really mean nothing to the average consumer, I wanted to test how fast each drive uploaded and downloaded a large file. No games, no tweaking the numbers to make a smoke show, just an all out transfer war. All tests were taken three times to verify results.
Now seeing larger drives I have used in the past have always been the slower drives, I thought I had the forecast for this test all mapped out. Well... let's see how my gamble went.
As you can see, my assumption wasn't worth its weight in air. The Pico drive blew away everything I had to throw against it. With the (200X) capability of this drive, large file transfers were exceptionally quick. As said earlier, all the drives were tested under EXACTLY the same conditions. For a tiny drive with such a large capacity packed into it, it is also a fast drive as well.
Who would have known or even fathomed? I know I sure as hell wouldn't have thought it was this quick.