Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (PEF8GUSB)
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- The XT Boosts are on FIRE with Blazing Read Speeds of up to 200x
- Ultimate Survivor of Extreme Conditions, Shock Proof, Washing Machine Proof, Dirt/Dust proof
- Durable water and shock resistant housing
- Compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later
- 5 Year Warranty
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The drive--which is Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compatible (and is backwards compatible to USB 1.1)--is backed by a lifetime warranty.
The 8 GB Xporter XT Boost USB flash drive offers speeds of up to 200x.
- Type: USB flash drive
- Capacity: 8 GB
- Image storage: 7,002 images (3 megapixels), 3,225 images (5 megapixels), 2,695 images (6 megapixels)
- MP3 storage: 9,096 minutes (128 kbps), 6,824 minutes (160 kbps)
- WMA storage: 10,496 minutes (96 kbps), 8,024 minutes (128 kbps)
- Movie storage: 1 movie (DVD .iso, 4.7 GB)
- Driverless compatibility: Windows Me, 2000, XP, and Vista; Mac OS 9.x, OS X, and higher; Linux with USB storage support
- Dimensions: 2.9 by 0.75 by 0.43 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 0.5 ounces
- Warranty: Lifetime
All Patriot Memory products are designed to respond quickly and intelligently to the rapid changes inherent in the technology sector. This commitment to R&D helps Patriot deliver the best-quality memory modules powered by the latest innovative technology. The company's manufacturing process begins with high-quality components and ends with rigorous functional testing to ensure each module's reliability and compatibility. Patriot Memory modules are approved by such leading motherboard and system manufacturers as Intel, Tyan, Supermicro, and Iwill. Patriot is also a member of the Apple Developer Connection, and has earned awards from such leading product review sites as XBit Labs, Anandtech, Tom's Hardware, and Hot Hardware.com.
About Patriot Memory
Established in 1985, Patriot Memory builds a full range of memory module and flash memory products, including Extreme Performance (EP), Signature Lines (SL), and Flash Memory (FM) solutions. The company--which has sales offices located throughout the U.S. and Asia, along with distribution channels throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America--is dedicated to becoming the vendor of choice for the computer and consumer electronics industries, with a commitment to service and quality that exceeds all other brands. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Patriot Memory maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in both Fremont and Taipei, Taiwan.
Top Customer Reviews
I will update my review on the cap status in the future since most rubber caps loosen with age and this one is a pocket gripper. I may epoxy a little leash on it to the body.
Reading so many of these reviews does not help in purchase decisions. Frankly, they drive me nuts. "It was so fast!" "It was so much faster than my old drive!" "Some people are too scientific." "It booted immediately on my Windows... (version)/Mac [computer]." (Please do not take any of these comments as personal attacks on your reviews. I have been hammered in past professional writing to ensure I provide hard, substantive data for any statement I make.)
Can I please have objective data to assist in my purchase decision? The first thing I do is benchmark when I receive a flash drive or flash card. I have returned fakes, counterfeits, and below spec units. Formatting new drives appropriately upon receipt is a smart decision, since it removes any crapware from the manufacturer and any viruses a disgruntled employee could have placed. (Does anyone remember the WordPerfect employee who knew he was going to be fired back around 1990?) Although not a Mac user. I use flash drives for Windows Vista/7 and Linux OS purposes.
Flash "class" is based on write speed. I have included a conversion table toward the end of my review. I am sorry I forgot to specify sequential write testing for my benchmarks. To increase accuracy and reduce extraneous hardware reductions in test results, I do not use USB extension cables and clean format the flash for each test.Read more ›
Upon opening the drive from its packaging I inserted it into my USB drive right away and both my Vista machine and my Windows XP machine recognized it immediately. There was no formatting or configuration required. I'm not sure how it would react to a Mac.
My biggest concern with a drive like this is losing the cap. For example, if you put the drive on your keychain and stick it in your pocket the cap will eventually come off of the drive in your pocket, or while you take your keychain out of your pocket, or while the drive hangs from your vehicle's ignition. It's also common, at least for me, to forget where I put the caps. In consideration of a potential future lost cap I emailed the manufacturer's customer service department and asked them for extra caps and I received 2 additional caps about two weeks later free of charge. To me, that's customer service.
Overall the drive seems reasonably rugged. It's encased in rubber so I suspect that's what the manufacturer was going for. I'll modify this post if the drive ever craps out on me but for now I'm very satisfied with it - especially when compared to other thumb drives I've owned.
-When it did work it transferred very quickly
-Rubber casing makes it seem like it is pretty durable and can stand being on a keychain or in a pocket without issue
- Stopped working after a few months
- Patriot wanted the original package to rma it, but the original package is ripped and destroyed when trying to open it.
EDIT - Raised to 3 stars because the replacement has been working fine for almost two years now. First one that I received was just a bad one and dealing with Patriot was a hassle because requesting the original packing for a bubble package was ridiculous.
Pros: Fast. Reliable. Small. Lightweight. Rubber housing semi-weather proof and feels fairly durable.
Cons: Only one small complaint. It would be nice if the cap was attached by a small rubber strip to keep the unit together as one piece. Otherwise you have to slide it on the back of the drive or set it aside which is easy to loose if you don't pay atttention.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reliable and solid. It's a great little storage unit. No problems whatsoever.Published 3 months ago by J. Frost
Lasted about 2 years. Between the cap and the housing, All came apart. Never failed even broken apart. Great Speed for 2.0Published 3 months ago by freereview
I have use 3 Patriot sticks of different sizes for several years and have not had any issues. All continue to work and seem reasonably fast. Also like the feel and plug cap.Published 8 months ago by Larryorhi