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Patriot 16GB Pulse Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive - PSF16GSPUSB

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  • Hi Speed USB 3.0 Compatible (backwards compatible to USB 2.0)
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  • Compatible with Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP®, Windows 2000®, Windows® ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac® OS9, X and later
  • Portable and light weight (8.5 grams)
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Product Description

Capacity: 16 GB

A part of Patriot Memory’s Signature line and available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB flavors, The Patriot Memory Supersonic Pulse is the ideal and most cost effective choice for those looking to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds while on the go. The Supersonic Pulse comes in a rugged all aluminum housing that will protect your data from everyday wears. At just 58.1mm long and less than 18mm wide, the Patriot Memory Pulse will not only deliver improved speed, but also a small form factor for excellent portability. To ensure you will always have access to your data on the go, the Patriot Memory pulse is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 inputs. The Patriot Memory Supersonic Pulse is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows® Vista®, Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows® ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac® OS9, X and later. Back by Patriot Memory’s award winning customer service, the Supersonic Pulse comes with a 2-year warranty.

Product Information

Capacity:16 GB

Technical Details

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Brand Name Patriot
Item model number PSF16GSPUSB
Hardware Platform Mac
Item Weight 0.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.3 x 0.3 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.34 x 0.31 x 0.69 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B0062XAMIE
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,062 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > USB Flash Drives
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 24, 2011

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Size: 64 GB Verified Purchase
Item is most likely defective and should function better. Quality control must not be of the best quality at Patriot, seems to be more negative experiences with these drives then positive ones. Used 2 Windows machines with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports to confirm that the drive is not functioning correctly.

I own several USB 3.0 flash drives and I'm not even sure how many USB 2.0 flash drives. This thing is as slow as some of my USB 2.0 flash drives. At times this drive seems happy and runs a little faster, but it doesn't even come close to some of my other cheaper USB 3.0 flash drives.

Pros:
- Small
- Good price
- Amount of storage space
- USB 2.0 speeds are on par with other USB 2.0 drives

Cons:
- The drive becomes hot, not warm. (aluminum housing will dissipate heat making it possible to feel the heat radiating from the electronics, but the heat radiating from this drive is not normal.) I have an aluminum Corsair Survivor, and it emits a fraction of the heat this Patriot does.
- BENCHMARKED USB 3.0 speeds are from low 20 MB to 28 MB a second READ, and 9 to 11 MB WRITE. I have USB 2.0 drives that perform the same using USB 3.0 ports.
- REAL WORLD USB 3.0 SPEEDS are a lot worse. Coping files to and from the drive found that the drive runs a lot slower in the real world compared to BENCHMARK results. At an average the drive gets 11 to 15 MB a second READ and 5 to 7 MB WRITE speeds. Doesn't even come close to my other USB 3.0 flash drives. Very disappointing! *These results might be due to some sort of defect with the Patriot drive, but if these are the normal REAL WORD speeds to be expected... buy yourself a good quality USB 2.0 or spend more money with a different manufacturer so you would at least get some USB 3.
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Size: 32 GB Verified Purchase
I purchased this Patriot Memory Supersonic Pulse 32 GB USB 3.0 Drive (PSF32GSPUSB) from Amazon.com. Arrived in time and was well packed.
However it does not work in a USB 3.0 slot. Only works in USB 2.0 slots.
I thought I purchased a fast USB 3.0 and received a USB performance that runs super hot on a USB 2.0 slot instead of the claimed USB 3.0
I sent trouble report to Patriot about this. I have never received a reply from their support group. I would never buy another product from them with this service.
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Size: 8 GB Verified Purchase
I received the "blue" colored Patriot Supersonic Pulse 8GB instead of the "black" colored pictured here in which I supposedly bought and thought I would actually receive but didn't...

The 'read' speeds are excellent and super fast at 71MB reading speeds and horribly 5MB writing speeds. Why is the writing speeds soo slow and not even up in the 30's or 40's MB's like the rest. A USB 2.0 flash drive has faster writing speeds than this! If you are going to be writing into this flash drive a lot with big files then look elsewhere because this doesn't pack the 3.0 punch!

But if you just want to read from this USB then this makes an good choice but for the price there are others that are more reliable and faster than this one!

Overall construction is good with aluminum chassis but who knows how long it will last!

From 1 to 10 score, this one receives a 6.
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Size: 8 GB Verified Purchase
This USB drive was working great until I had to reformat it. It froze up half way through the reformat (which takes quite awhile for 8GB) and has never worked since. In the past I have had fantastic results with Patriot products but I was not pleased with this one. I admit I did not check into getting it exchanged or replaced but probably should have.
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Size: 8 GB Verified Purchase
The write speeds are much slower than expected for USB 3.0. I bought 10 of these to give as gifts to our high school Soccer Seniors with about 1.5 GB of photos of their last season. I wanted these drives to share the photos, but also provide a nice fast drive for their use. I was shocked how slow these were while transferring the files. I only got up to 4 MB/sec. The packaging indicates Up to 80MB/S READ, Up to 10MB/S WRITE. I got only 4 MB/S. I was pressed for time so I inserted one drive into another laptop to multi-task the file transfer. The files transferred to the other computer quickly so the READ speed is acceptable. The WRITE speed on the other computer was just as slow as the first (4 MB/sec). Before providing this feedback I grabbed another brand (Tran**) USB 3.0 drive from my stash and got 14 MB/sec write speeds with the same files.

As a gift for students who's mascot it the PATRIOTS, did like the color of the device and the lettering on the side (PATRIOT Memory). It looked good with a red lanyard attached to their gift bags. The clear, hard plastic cap will surely get lost before long, but I knew that going into the purchase. I prefer a mechanical means of covering the USB interface rather than a removable cap.
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Size: 128GB Verified Purchase
I got this USB thumb drive because the dimensions and drive space met my requirements. The price was quite good as well. The only issue I have with this thumb drive is that it gets warm to the touch quite fast. I know its just the aluminum casing doing its work but it does get warm a bit faster that other metal encased thumb drives I have used in the past. Still, at this price point I guess it is still a good buy.
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