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So far, so good....
on June 18, 2014
I bought the 64GB version on June 5th so I can't give a review about longevity but for the most part, this little guy has not let me down. I have used this usb drive on my PS3 to watch movies, move large files to and from multiple computers, have some documents that I regularly have to update on the drive at all times, and am now using this as a media server cloud drive with my ASUS RT-N66W router. It has worked very well so far.
One thing to note before I continue is that you will only see a 57.3GB drive show up on your computer even though you bought a 64GB drive. Don't be alarmed!!! This is because of storage manufacturers and computers not having the same definition for what constitutes as a gigabyte. Storage manufacturers 1000mb = 1gb v.s. computers 1024mb = 1gb.
After extensive testing, from files ranging from MP3's, MP4's, JPEGS, Rar archives, avi, and a full on Unity project, ranging in size from 3MB to 16GB; writing TO the USB drive from a computer would usually be a low 40 - 50MB/s but writing FROM the USB drive to the computer the write speed would be anywhere from 82 - 150MB/s. All of this testing was from a couple of USB 3.0 ports, 2 from a laptop, 2 from a desktop. I didn't test USB 2.0 as that would definitely be slower and I wasn't planning on using this on a 2.0 port.
The read and write speeds actually vary somewhat which was perplexing when moving files. For whatever reason, I would have different read and write speeds with the same file on the same computer every time. For example, if I move a 700MB movie .avi file to and fro, i would get speeds ranging from 30MB/s - 90MB/s whereas my Corsair Flash Survivor would always be consistent at ~85MB/s. It's not that big a deal because the USB drive would get faster overtime so if it takes one minute at 30MB/s, your file would transfer at 30 seconds at something like 76MB/s. It's just a weird situation I guess.
The only issue I have had with this is that the USB drive can become very, very hot. I don't know what is the normal operating temperature for this drive but after only 3 minutes, the drive gets very hot when left in a usb port. The metal cover gets especially hot. This does give me a worry about long term usage so I will continue testing it as a cloud drive and see if there is any issues that come up.
Finally, my verdict is as follows:
The good: reasonable price, USB 3.0, good design (in my opinion), and large storage capacity.
The bad: Fluctuating read and write speeds
The ugly: High temperature gives worry for long-term usage
For these reasons, I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars as all in all, a very good bang for the buck. Now that this little baby is nestled in my router, I think I have found it a good home.
EDIT: As of this edit, I left the drive in my router the 99% of the time and I haven't found any data loss or any real discrepancies in transfer speeds. It seems to work well as a media server/ cloud storage. Again, the only thing I worry about is the longevity of this drive because of the heat that gets produced but so far so good.
UPDATE 2 (November 9, 2014): So the drive is working very well. I'm still using it as a media server/ cloud storage on my ASUS router. The heating has stayed constant throughout the time I've had the flash drive and my worries have subsided over the heating issues since the drive has been working fine so far.