Flash Drive Roundup: A Dynamic Review

Overall Score

Packaging and Impression:

A-Data drives were among the most popular purchases on Newegg.com and their drives were some of the most inexpensive for their capacity. We will see if the performance takes a toll from the low price later in the review. All of the A-Data drives I’m testing came in standard blister packs like you would see on any store’s shelves. The packaging is plain and no accessories are included with these drives, it appears they strive to keep the costs down.

The first two drives are both model RB19. They are virtually identical except on the exterior, the only way to discern a difference is to look on the end of the USB 2.0 plug and read “G08G” for 8GB or “G16G” for the 16GB edition.

These two drives are well protected against bumps, drops and the rubberized casing suggests they will handle a little dampness just fine. The rubber casing is grippy, which is actually a bothersome property from my perspective as I like to carry the drive in my pocket and rubberized items tend to get stuck more easily and collect foreign lint and hair, but the drives are certainly more protected than many.

The third and largest A-Data drive comes in the same basic accessory-less packaging but arrives in a different form factor:

Many of you would recognize this casing as your basic flash drive. Big box stores often put their label on these drives and sell them at a small discount as “bulk” drives. One thing to take note of is that this drive is actually more pocket friendly and smaller overall than the 8 and 16GB drives from A-Data. Nothing fancy here, the basic design is a no frills approach and would fit in fine in any environment.

 

Performance:

First I will look at the performance of A-Data’s RB19 8GB Drive:

 

Next is the performance of A-Data’s RB19 16GB Drive:

Finally is the performance of A-Data’s My Flash 32GB Drive:

 

 

 

 

Look to the final pages for a performance comparison between drives!

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