Fast, durable, and afforadble!
Nov 18, 2010
Review by thegsrguy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Durable rubberized construction, very speedy, bulletproof
Cons:A bit oversized
The Bottom Line: $33 for 16GB, great build quality, and extremely fast speed -- what's not to like? I might just buy a few more.
Ah yes, USB flash drives. They're a dime a dozen. You've probably got several of them in a drawer, one at work, one in your purse, maybe another floating around your car. For the typical user they're somewhat of a disposable commodity.
Recommend this product?
For a power user like myself, all flash drives are not created equal. I'm particularly interested in speed. Most mainstream flash drives use cheap components that equate to horrendously slow data read/write times meaning that copying large files or even folders full of files is agonizingly slow. Patriot to the rescue! The "XT" USB flash drive is a true speed demon that's also pretty durable and afforadble.
I snagged the XT drive because my 1GB OCZ Rally drive wasn't cutting it anymore. I needed something bigger. NewEgg had the Patriot XT series available on the cheap thanks to a mail in rebate: $33 for the 16GB model! Patriot claimed some fairly impressive transfer speeds so I figured why not.
First and foremost, this is actually a rather large flash drive. If you have two USB ports side-by-side this can slightly block the adjacent port. The reason for this is the ridiculously thick rubberized shell it has. The consistency is like that of a gummy bear, yet strangely durable. An integrated lanyard ring can be used if you want to put it on a keychain or whatever. Unfortunately there is a rubberized cap that you'll likely lose, though mine isn't loose or falling off after nearly a year of daily use. Patriot decided to be rather obnoxious with the XT branding in big red letters. A single blue activity LED can be found at one end. I think the XT feels solid and industrial, though the rubberized coating and oversized dimensions could be a bit unusual for some. I find it a hassle to pull out of a pocket since it catches lint. The size is a bit of a plus, as it makes it harder to lose or misplace.
I also find the rubberized coating makes the drive durable and able to take abuse. I've sat on this, run it through the wash, dropped it, thrown it, and run over it with my chair -- and it keeps humming along. No cosmetic damage or busted connectors. Cheap flash drives have flimsy plastic that cracks or breaks open in a few months.
Performance is stellar. Read and write speeds are some of the fastest I've encountered. Patriot's claims are for real. I find the speed particularly useful when I'm writing an ISO to the drive (for booting). If you run LiveCDs or prefer to install things from a flash drive, this is a solid bet. Even copying large files such as videos is quick; large files seem to copy at 30+ MB/sec sustained. Many small files isn't quite as fast but still in the area of 20MB/sec.
I've used this on several occasions to backup entire music libraries or move large ISO files in just a few minutes. Most off-the-shelf drives take 10-15 minutes to do the same thing. Although this sort of feature is targeted more at pro-sumers, I do believe the average person will be impressed and thankful for less time wasted staring at "Copying..." on their screens.
For $33 after rebate (likely less these days) there's no reason NOT to get this drive unless compactness is a huge priority to you. This is still very pocketable but incredibly durable and fast. Throw-away flash drives are a thing of the past now.
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