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|Review: Adata N005 16Gb USB3.0 Flash Drive|
|Posted by Winston|
|Monday, 01 November 2010 21:59|
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USB flash drives or pen drives have been one of most revolutionary devices of the 21st century. Seriously, I'm not kidding. It's revolutionised the way use use, store and transport data from one PC to another. One of its advantages is the compact size and plug 'n' play feature. There's normally no need to install drivers or configure the device ... just plug it into any USB port and you're ready to go.
Now, sizes of USB drives have been increasing slowly over the years. I remember my first USB pendrive had a capacity of 32Mb (yes, 32 Megabytes) using USB1.0 interface ... that was back in 2000. Nowadays we're seeing capacities of 128 Gigabytes or more using the faster, hi-speed USB2.0 interface. But it doesn't stop there ... earlier this year at the CES 2010 exhibition, we saw the first consumer products featuring the new USB3.0 standard. According to the specifications of the new USB3.0 interface, it offers upto x10 the speed over standard USB2.0, with a maximum theoretical data transfer rate of upto 5Gbps. Now we all know that theoretical speeds are not to be taken too seriously, but it should definitely be an improvement over your standard USB2.0.
So with this mind, maunfacturers were more than eager to take adavantage of this new USB3.0 inferface. In the past few months, we've already seen motherboards featuring USB3.0 ports, and now it seems more and more manufacturers are joining the bandwagon. Adata are among one of the first to release USB flash drives using the new USB3.0 interface. They're pretty well known for producing quality memory products, so it's only natural that they want expand their product catalogue to include these new USB3.0 flash drives. For those who are not too familiar with Adata, here's a little blurb taken from their website.
In this review, we'll be taking a look at the Adata Nobility N005 16Gb USB3.0 Flash Drive. It's one of the first flash drive to feature the new USB3.0 interface and comes in an Aluminum body with a metal finish. It offers performance of upto 85MB/s:Read and 55MB/s:Write. Remember, to fully take advantage of the USB3.0 interface and use the drive to its full potential, you'll need a computer or a notebook with a motherboard that supports the new USB3.0. It will be interesting to see what kind of speeds we'll be able to achieve in our "real-life" tests.
Features and Specifications
For more information on the ADATA Nobility Series N005 USB Flash Drive, go here ... http://www.adata.com.tw/?action=product_specification&cid=1&piid=97