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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 3
  • Quality: 3
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 3
Just received it – Key Shape High Speed USB 2.0 Flash / Jump Drive - Black (8GB) Reviews

posted by Robin95 on 04/22/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

Pros:
* It looks nice with a kind of black graphite-ish layer. * It's very thin. More so than I had anticipated. * Flush fitting. Not so tight you really have to push hard, and not so lose than it can fall out of the USB port. * Reading speed is higher than reported, with an average of 36 MB/s. * If it's on a key chain, you won't notice that it's actually a USB drive until you see the contacts, and even then most people wouldn't recognise it as being one.
Cons:
* Contacts are unprotected, but this was clearly visible on the provided picture and makes it thinner. * If it's on your key chain together with other keys, and you stick it in your computer's USB port, it bends. * There's a thin line visible on the side (wow, what a disaster, don't you think? :P) * It's rather slow (the writing speed is abysmal), but this was reported in the product description. Just though I'd mention it for people who aren't that technical. Copying a movie onto this thing is going to take a really long time.
Other:
I ran a benchmark on it. These are the results; * Minimum read rate: 21.3 MB/s * Maximum read rate: 38.2 MB/s * Average read rate: 36.3 MB/s * Minimum write rate: 1.2 MB/s * Maximum write rate: 14.7 MB/s * Average write rate: 2.2 MB/s * Average access time: 0.7 ms http://i.imgur.com/JhVvHro.png
Bottomline:
It's not expensive, and if you put it on your key chain it doesn't get in the way. If you need a USB drive to put small files on (big ones will take too long to copy) and carry around with you everywhere, this seems like a good choice.

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