256MB USB 2.0 Pen Drive Review

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Introduction

In August of 2002 I reviewed my first USB flash disk which was a USB 1.1 128MB Ur-Disk. Before I did my first review on the product back then I thought to myself, “What can I actually use this thing for?” Little did I know I would soon be using it on a daily basis.

Since that review I have used it almost everyday and it has saved me a lot of time and frustration. The only thing that I did not like about it was that it was a little slow and the capacity size was a little low. With the advent of USB 2.0 speeds have drastically improved and this technology has been implemented into these flash disks.

The capacity of these drives have also greatly increased to sizes of up to 4GB. This particular drive that Memory Suppliers sent to me is a 256MB USB 2.0 Pen Drive which should be considerably faster.

Specifications

  • External dimensions(LxWxH): 85mm x 28mm x 15mm
  • Transfer rate: read: 7000KByte/s, write: 2500KByte/s
  • Compatible OS: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98 (must use included drivers), Mac 8.6 and higher, Linux kernel 2.4.0 and higher.
  • Capacity: 256MB
  • Power Save Mode implemented to reduce power consumption when used with mobile equipment.
  • All Pen Drives include Read/Write protection switch
  • Weight: 21g
  • Data Retention: 10 years
  • Shock resistance: 1000G

The box that the drive comes with is pretty simplistic. From the front of the box you can see the drive itself and a little information about it. On the back of the box there is a long description and features list.

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Inside of the box you will find a driver CD, quick installation guide, USB extension cord, neck strap, and docking station. The driver CD is only necessary if you are using Windows 98, all other operating systems supported should automatically detect it and install the drivers for you. The USB extension cord is a nice feature however I have not used it yet because of the docking station included. The docking station is a great added bonus because if your case does not have any front USB then you will have to plug it in from the back each time.


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The top of the drive has a Pen Drive Plus 2.0 written on it with a sticker of that says 256MB. There is also a red LED activity indicator so that you will know when your drive is being accessed. From the back of the drive you can see the clip that is on the cap of the drive that you can use to keep it in place while you’re on the go. The one thing I don’t really like about this cap is that it comes off very easily which leaves the drive vulnerable to be damaged or lost easier. Also on the back of the drive there is a lock that is locked and unlocked this is for the read/write protection feature that the drive offers. I have never actually used this drive because I am the only one that uses it but it may be able to come in handy.

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Once the drive is open you can see the USB connector which you plug into your computer. One complaint that I have with the design of this drive is that it is a little too large. If you are trying to plug this drive into a port with little room around it there may not be enough room. My previous Ur-Disk is much thinner than this one which I did like better. With the docking station it is a perfect fit, just plug the station into your computer and plug the drive in.

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