Transcend 32GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS32GJF500)
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- Capless design with a sliding USB connector
- Lifetime warranty
- Easy plug and play installation
- Offers a free download of JetFlash Elite data management tools
- USB powered; No external power or battery needed
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|Digital Storage Capacity||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB||64 GB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 2.0, USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Item Dimensions||0.35 x 0.83 x 2.48 in||0.82 x 0.44 x 2.37 in||0.48 x 1.57 x 0.43 in||3.11 x 5.1 x 0.1 in||0.4 x 2.3 x 0.8 in||0.83 x 2.48 x 0.35 in|
|Item Weight||0.35 ounces||0.64 ounces||0.3 ounces||0.64 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.35 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16||64 GB|
JetFlash 500 flash drive enables users to bring out or hide the connector with a single flick of the thumb; Its capless design not only keeps dust and debris out of the drive, but also ensures there is no cap to misplace or lose
From the Manufacturer
Designed with price-conscious users in mind, Transcend's JetFlash 500 USB Flash Drive is an easy-to-use, affordable flash drive that offers excellent storage options and versatile compatibility, making it easier than ever to store, carry and share all of your digital contents wherever you go.
Using the latest flash technology, Transcend's JetFlash 500 features a USB 2.0 interface with a read and write transfer rate of up to 16MB/s and 6MB/s respectively. Available in multiple colors, the JetFlash 500 lets you carry all of your favorite movies, music, documents, and much more – all in the palm of your hand.
Simple, Sleek, and Easy-to-Use
The JetFlash 500 features a lightweight, capless design with a USB connector that extends and retracts to provide extra hardware protection against dust and liquid spills. The flash drive comes in a durable body so compact that it will not block adjacent ports on your device. Using the JetFlash 500 could not be easier, simply connect the drive to the USB 2.0 port and drag and drop desired files to and from the device.
Compatible with a Wide Range of Devices
The JetFlash 500 supports most operating systems - Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista, XP; Mac OS X; and Linux systems, and is backwards compatible with older USB 1.1 ports. JetFlash 500 can also be used with any device equipped with a USB port without additional software, including TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players, stereos, digital photo frames and games consoles.
Free Download – Transcend Elite Data Management SoftwareWith a purchase of JetFlash 500, users can download and install Transcend Elite data management tools from Transcend's website for free. This software will allow users to perform incremental backups, synchronize desired files in real-time, store favorite browser bookmarks, compress files with 256-bit AES Encryption, and use the flash drive as a digital lock for their PC.
Quality AssuranceTranscend's JetFlash 500 USB flash drive is manufactured with premium quality NAND Flash memory chips and is extensively tested for performance and reliability.
1Based on file size 2MB. 2 Based on 4min per song, 128Kbps quality. 3 Based on 2.25GB per hour DVD quality.
Storage capacity approximations are for general reference only. Actual results will vary depending on resolution, compression quality, video frame rate/interlace settings, and content. 1GB = 1 billion bytes. A certain portion of the storage capacity may be reserved for firmware and maintenance use.
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A bit of background information: I own both the Sandisk Cruzer Micro 4GB and 16GB versions. What I noticed is that the 16GB version is much slower than the 4GB version, especially when witting data. I even contacted Sandisk customer support, trying to find out what is the speed of Cruzer Micro. The response I got was quite useless:
"There is no guaranteed speed for SanDisk Cruzer Micro flash drives, as the speed for these flash drives have not been tested. If you need a flash drive with fast data transfer speed, we recommend SanDisk Extreme Cruzer Contour for this."
Prior to ordering this JetFlash drive, I visited the Transcend USA web site to search for information. Surprise, surprise! The data transfer speed of JetFlash 500 (under the 'V' series) is actually specified as:
"Read 15 MByte/s, Write 7 MByte/s (16GB)"
Once I received this Transcend JetFlash drive, I put it through several benchmark programs, to compare against the Sandisk Cruzer Micro:
- For typical photo files, write speed of the Transcend varies from 6.8MB/s (for 1MB file) to 11.3MB/s (for 5MB file). In contrast, the Sandisk only ranges from 2.0MB/s to 3.5MB/s. That means the Transcend is about 3x faster than the Sandisk! (See my Customer Images for details)
- For very large video files, the Transcend writes at about 7.8MB/s, while the Sandisk only reaches 5.1MB/s. The difference in smaller but still significant.
In terms of storage space: The Transcend drive reports 15.1GB of total capacity, while the Sandisk drive reports 14.9GB. Note that it is normal for a '16GB' flash drive to show only 14.9GB of storage, because 14.9GB for computer people (where 1GB = 2 to the power 30) actually translates to about 16,000,000,000 bytes. So that can be called '16GB' according to marketing people (where 1GB = one billion bytes).
In summary, the Transcend JetFalsh 16GB drive looks and works just like the Sandisk Cruzer Micro, but its write speed is +50% to +200% faster than the latter. As of this writing, both drives are available at similar prices, so this makes the Transcend a much better value.
[Update on Nov 3, 2010]:
- The price of this Transcend USB drive dropped further during the past two months. So now it is an even better value.
- Several reviewers have reported bad experiences using this USB drive on the Xbox 360. Right now your only safe bet is to get the Xbox 360 - 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk, which costs twice as much.
- If you don't intend to use the software supplied by Transcend, simply rename the file "Autorun.inf" (located at the root directory of this drive) to something else, such as "Autorun._inf". Then you can use it as a simple USB storage device.
[Update on April 7, 2012]:
I have my Transcend USB drive connected to my desktop PC as secondary storage most of the time, only occassionally remove it to transfer files. So far it worked perfectly fine for 1.5 years. It should be noted that I have used at least half a dozen USB drives and at least 20 flash memory cards in the past decade, and none of them ever failed on me. So it could be that I am just more careful with semiconductor devices (I always discharge myself of any possible electrostatic charge before handling memory cards, for example)
I've been using this regularly for three months now with no problem. I haven't really used a lot of these over the years, so I'm no expert on how "fast" they are supposed to save and read files. However, I haven't at any time felt like I was waiting too long for even large file transfers to complete.
The unit has a convenient slide to protect or extrude the USB connector. When fully extruded, it locks into position so that you don't just push the USB connector back into the cover when you try to plug it into a computer. However, make sure that you aren't putting pressure on the slide button when trying to plug it in, or you can accidentally release it anyway.
I'm happy with this device and feel no qualms about recommending it to other customers.
In early December of 2012, my Transcend 32GB Jet Flash 500 suddenly stopped working. It was no longer recognized by any computer that I plugged it into. I went to Transcend's website and filled out the RMA request - a process that was fairly simple. After getting an RMA number, I carefully wrapped the drive in a bubble-wrap pouch - WITH THE CONNECTOR FULLY RETRACTED INSIDE THE HOUSING - and mailed the package to Transcend's RMA Department. On January 15 2013, I received the thumb drive back from Transcend along with a document stating that the warranty was VOID due to the fact that the drive was "physically damaged". Indeed, the drive that they returned to me, which I can only assume is actually mine, is now physically damaged, as they have bent the connector so badly that it is no longer possible to retract the connector into the housing. I've tried to post a picture in the customer photos section, but so far it has not appeared. Maybe Amazon won't allow me to post it.
I am very disappointed in the response from Transcend, and I will never purchase one of their products again.