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Up for review today I’ve got a USB flash drive, this one is a from a company called Tmart who sells very inexpensive products. This drive in particular doesn’t have any special name, its name is the description of the drive: 8GB Rectangle Shaped USB Flash Drive Silver, that about says it all I think. The drive costs $8.39 and it comes with free shipping, so that’s all you’ll pay. So yes it’s inexpensive, but how does it perform? That’s what this review intends to show you, so read on….
Product Name: 8GB Rectangle Shaped USB Flash Drive Silver
Price: $8.39 with Free Shipping
This 8GB Rectangle Shaped USB Flash Drive Silver is a reliable solution for carrying digital files with you wherever you go. It is easy to connect this drive to any device that has a USB port. The USB Flash Memory Drive offers plenty of room for all your digital files, videos, pictures, and more. Just plug into the USB port, the computer will immediately detect and configure the disk without restarting your computer. To read, write, copy, store, or delete files with the same way as using a floppy diskette or hard drive.
Easy to read and read in high speed
Plug and play, no external power supply need
Antifouling process, antistatic, dustproof, antimagnetic and high temperature resistance
Small style and fashionable,It can be placed in your bag
This Flash Drive is Shock resistance, damp proof, lighting resistance, antimagnetic
Each time to use u-disk, pls copy the file to computer first
Pls do not format u-disk unless you have to
Drive Capacity: 8GB
USB Interface: USB2.0
Reading Speed: 22MB/sec
Writing Speed: 9MB/sec
Operating Systems: Win98 / ME / 2000 / XP/Win7, Mac OS 9.X / Linux Kernel 2.4
Package Includes: 1 x 8GB Rectangle Shaped USB Flash Drive Silver
There’s no special packaging, just a zip style bag for this flash drive.
The drive doesn’t have any identifying marks on it except for the 8gb capacity sticker. I think the drive is a Toshiba brand though as the actual product link is: http://www.tmart.com/8GB-Toshiba-Third-Generation-USB-Flash-Drive-Silver_p120291.html so it does have Toshiba in it as you can see, so who knows… The drive is called silver but I call it gray, silver is more shiny in my opinion…
The bottom of the drive is just plain silver but there is a hole in the back for a key ring or lanyard.
The cap comes of of course but it doesn’t attach to the back of the drive, so you’ll have to be careful not to lose it.
The drive does have an LED in it, it’s very faint but there in the back section where the hole if for the key ring.
I’ve got a few other drives handy for comparison, the Kingston DT150 64gb, the OCZ Rally2 64gb, the Kingston G3 32gb and another from Tmart actually, it’s a White 8gb drive.
So let’s get into the testing, I used ATTO Disk Benchmark and Crystal DiskMark.
Let’s start with ATTO:
Yes the results are kind of hard to read, so here’s the max speeds they each reached in order from fastest to slowest:
Kingston DT150: 32696
OCZ Rally2: 32483
Kingston G3: 20491
Tmart White 8gb: 19533
Tmart Gray 8gb: 9399
According to the specs for this drive it should hit 22mb/s for the read speed, and it doesn’t even come close, not even half…
OCZ Rally2: 16549
Kingston G3: 15829
Kingston DT150: 15152
Tmart White 8gb: 9202
Tmart Gray 8gb: 2608
Here according the specs the drive should hit 9Mb/s for read speed and here again it’s about one-fourth of that.
Then here’s the test results for Crystal DiskMark:
In the Crystalmark test the gray or silver drive is actually slower for the read speeds and just ever so slightly faster write speeds.
So wow, this drive is very slow.
The White USB drive from Tmart is actually less expensive at $8.03 and it’s faster, so I think it’s a better deal…
So yes the drive is inexpensive, but is it even worth it? I guess it could be if you really needed the storage and were low on cash.
The drive does seem well made and it does have features like antistatic, dustproof, antimagnetic and resistance to high temperatures and it’s supposedly even damp proof.
So in all it’s not bad for an inexpensive drive, but I think you could do better in terms of performance for a few dollars more, or even less if you get the White version from Tmart.
The final score averages out to be a 7 out of 10, but that takes into account everything, but as you can see below it only got a 2 out of 10 for the actual performance.
+Seems well made
+Antistatic, antimagnetic etc
|Scores::||7 out of 10|
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Disclosure:This product was given to Review the Tech for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review, we do not, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products. This product may have also been bought by us for review purposes and does not influence the review.