iLogic 1GB Flash Drive Review

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Flash comes cheap

I was standing in line at a department store the other day waiting to check out.  They stick such cool stuff right there at the check out counter don’t they?  Magazines devoted to the inner lives of celebrities we’ll never meet and I don’t care about, Hannah Montana suckers and toys so that your kids throw a fit, and 99 cent bags of chips.  Oh, and those lovely little energy shots.  As I’m eyeballing it all trying to figure out what to blow my money on, I saw a flash drive.  It was a little flat black 1GB made by iLogic.  It was only $9.92, so I snatched it up.  Why do they do that?  Why not just make it a full $10.00?  Oh well, that’s a rant better reserved for the blog I guess.

So I get home with this little goober and spend ten minutes trying to pry it out of that ridiculous blister packaging.  I finally got it out and looked it over.  Nothing special, just a little gig flash drive with iLogic written in white down the side.  I know what you’re thinking; why only a 1GB?  Because it was there, that’s why.  They didn’t have any 4GB or 8GB sitting there.  Just this one.  That’s why.

So I was sitting there looking at it, thinking that I just wasted ten bucks on something that I’ll probably only use a few times then it’ll end up in the Criss Angel glass I got from Vegas with the rest of my tiny computer components.  But then I had an epiphany.  What better way to transfer video files and stuff to my work computer than to use a flash drive that was too small to hold a bootleg copy of Spore?  Most of my flash drives are filled to the brim with stuff that I use on the fly, so I reserved this one as my emergency transfer drive.  And with that use established, I figured I would write a review on it.  So I plugged it in and started HDTach to see what it was capable of.

I’m testing this on my laptop PC, which is equipped with a 1.4Ghz processor, a 160GB Seagate HD, and 1GB of system memory.  On the quick benchmark I was getting typical speeds.  With an average of 14.3Mbs and holding steady as a rock.  But it’s during the long bench testing that USB 2.0 shows its true colors.  Many people prefer USB over Firewire because it’s supposed to be faster.  That is true, in a sense.  USB 2.0 is rated at 480Mbs, but only reaches those speeds in bursts.  It sends data in short spurts, effectively slowing the transfer rate.  So let’s see how it did in the long bench.

iLogic vs Kingston DataTraveler iLogic vs Plextor PlexFlash
Long Bench Results Quick Bench Results

Even on Long Bench testing I still got the same numbers.  Data transfer isn’t all that quick on this particular flash drive, but compared to the Kingston DataTraveler and the Plextor PlexFlash it did pretty damned good.  So I searched through my laptop for a file that was large enough to transfer onto the drive for timed results.  Using a 700Mb video file I proceeded to send it to the iLogic for a timed test.  It took approximately 1 minute and 46 seconds to fully transfer the file.


My conclusion is that for emergency backup for smaller files, this little sucker could come in handy.  It has a limited storage capability, but I have found great use in it when it comes to transferring files to my desktop, such as pictures I have been working on or the like.  And at the very least, you could load the damned thing up with pics and video of your family and mail it to your dear old Granny.  It’s the gift that keeps on getting reloaded.

REPORT CARD : iLogic 1GB Flash Drive
category rating comments
Quality 3 Has a non-slip rubberized coating, but lacks that extra padding for fall protection.
Innovation 2 By today’s standards, very limited.  But great for quick files to be transferred for on the go.
Performance 3 It gets the job done, but at a slower rate than some.
Aesthetics 5 I’m always going to give flat black my love.  It’s the way to go.
Value 4 It’s only $10… good enough for a stocking stuffer
FINAL VERDICT: 3 out of 5 stars
Don is an avid gamer, writer, screen writer,part time game maker, film director, and horror film fanatic. You can check out his book "How to Survive Zombies and Other Disasters" on Amazon.

21 Comments

  1. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Only 8mg? Is that of sugar or sodium? I can't speak for everything that iLogic creates nor for every one of these drives. I know the one I got is still going strong and I use it as an XDrive on my original Xbox console.

  2. Larry Wilson

    June 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I bought the 1 GB flash drive and it did not work, I was wondering what should I do. When I put it in the computer, the computer said that it needed to be formated. I know this flash drive is bad. Please let me know what you want me to do with this flash drive. You do honor this flash drive do you. My address is 1036 Mississippi Blvd Memphis, Tn 38126. Thanks for helping me. Larryl

  3. dewy

    June 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I have 2 of these.. one i bought for pictures and it works GREAT.. other one i bought for my wifes college work and its junk.. also says it needs formatted and of course it cant be.. iv trid on a couple differant computers.

  4. Wayne

    June 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Yes, this cheap little flash stick is a piece of work. I bought it cheap also for work, since my other sticks were getting full. my computer sees the drive, but comes up needing to format, it will not format or virus scan to see what is going with it. But, that doesnot work either

  5. Jeff

    June 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    JUNK!!! I wish I'd seen this sooner!!!! That pretty little LED works though…yeehaw…JUNK!!!

  6. Sergei

    June 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I just got it at TJ-Max, my PC with Win XP Pro doesn't recognize it. I am returning it for a refund tomorrow…

  7. Joe G

    June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Piece of junk won't work out of the box. 8MG available if the two computers in the house would recognize it.

    Maybe if I run it through the washer and dryer like Vicki something will work besides the red LED.

  8. HEATHER

    June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I got this for 5.00 bucks for my daughter and I'm soooooo frustrated with this product I've done everything I can to try and format it and its just not happening!! TOTAL WASTE!! These day's 5.00$$ is handy..Now I know why there was a bunch on clearence.

  9. shar

    June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    A friend gave me this memory stick, which he hadn't used, and I didn't have one. Big mistake. Transferred all files (I don't have that many), including photos, when computer caught virus. Then had computer wiped clean. The stick stopped working after I retrieved only a few files. Now everything is lost.

  10. john sutton

    June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I wish i had seen this review before i bought this junk. It's not worth bringing home. Stay away from this. No more Ilogic for me.

  11. Vicki

    June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I have an Ilogic 1GB flash drive and just accidently ran it through the washer and dryer and it still work!!!!

  12. Annie

    June 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I bought it to transfer files from work to home. I plugged it in and was informed 'the software … has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify compatability with windows XP.' I don't know what I expected for 10 bucks, but I am truly tired of big companies ripping us off. I know I won't trust buy iLogic again.

  13. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Bargain electronics are a game of chance. You win some, you lose some. But the one I purchased happened to, and still does, work great. Though I have little use for such small capacity. Many you buy are going to tell you it hasn't passed Windows Logo testing. That's their way of saying you didn't buy something that MS is getting a cut of for having their stamp of approval.

  14. Dennis

    June 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This is real junk! I used twice and it stop working. Just dead. Stay away

  15. loupgarous

    June 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    My iLogic 1 Gb flash drive took files for about 4 hours, then stopped – no files, won't format, shows 8 Mb of space but won't take files. I notice plenty of other people report this same problem. My wife paid $1 for this POS at Micro Center I'd be much angrier if she'd spent more. But stay away from this drive – it's junk.

  16. lex hammond

    June 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    piece of junk stopped takin files at only 193mb of use

  17. Art

    June 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    This thing sucks. I opened it up and my computer won't even recognize. Neither will my other two computers, one older, one two years old and one less than a year old.
    Piece O' crap!

  18. Jeri

    June 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    1 GB ilogic worked long enough to download pictures and 1 file. Then it quit completely. I got it to transport pictures to be developed. So glad I have other backup. Hope I can find the receipt to take it back.

  19. Adam

    June 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Yup.. dead out of the box.

  20. Amy

    June 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I tried mine on 3 different computers and it was recognized as having only 8mg of space and wouldn't format. i can't use it at all! I hope I can take it back.

  21. Curt

    June 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    This thing is a piece of garbage. This 1GB of space is only 8MG, and neither my PC or my Mac will read it or format it. It is useless. It's the biggest waste of money on the planet.

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