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Has some flaws, but it's strengths make up for them.
on December 13, 2004
Buying this at my local Staples, I initially thought it was a bigger sized, capacity flash card... turned out to be one of those micro drives like with the ipod. All the better....
>price. This product's MSRP is roughly $one hundred eighty as of this review. My local Staples only sold it for $one hundred thirty after -$fifty instant rebate. It's a great deal when you compare the price per MB/GB vs. USB flash memory card type devices.
>Easy to use. Just plug, drag & drop.
>It can reach close to the limits of USB 1.1 and 2.0 maximum transfer rates.
(57min to transfer 3.04GB of 9 files about 70MB to 280MB each on USB 1.1. 10 min on USB 2.0)
>Nice extras. Rotating and retractable USB connector and included USB extension cable provides easy access to hard to reach ports. Also includes a carry case.
>Seems to be faster than mainstream USB flash memory and flash memory card products
>NTFS and FAT32 file systems available (NTFS for WinXP ONLY IIRC).
>I've only used this unit for 3 days so far, too soon for a chance for anything to go wrong really, but the overall build quality and durability appears good.
>During the transfer (read or write), the unit heats up quite a lot.... like a warm coffee mug. At least it wasn't painful to touch for me
>without carrying along the USB extention cable, u may not be able to connect to some computers or certain computer setup environments.
>If you're using a PC that can only handle FAT32, it's going to be slow in handling lots of small files (as opposed to fewer large files) and/or folders and subfolders.
(On USB 2.0, 3 files taking up 19MB only took <10 sec to transfer. On the other hand, 21MB of scattered photo files about 63KB each with over a dozen folders and up to 2 deep took close to a minute! The transfer rates for such a scenario are MUCH better if your GigaBank is formatted for NTFS)
>Needs defragging like just like an internal hardrive. The included defragger that comes with Windows can handle this though.
>More physically fragile. Conditions such as extreme heat/cold (like those found in Iraq, or Canada), low pressure environment, spills, vibration, drops that wouldn't be a big issue for flash cards may cause damage to this unit.
>May not be as fast as new generation of "ultra" or "extreme" flash memory cards
>It's bulk won't enable other USB devices to be plugged in tightly stacked USB ports without an extension cable.
If value and capacity are more important than transfer rates and durability, then this is a solid choice. With a USB 2.0 connection and NTFS formatting, it'll be faster than most mainstream flash cards, but cheap enough to make it worth your while vs. newer, faster flash memory cards. With only with USB 1.1 an/or FAT32 formatting, it'll be much slower, but the ease of use and decent transfer rates still make this product worth consideration. Just be sure to take extra good care of it.