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Mach Xtreme MX-ES 16GB USB 3.0

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Posted October 29, 2012 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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Price at time of Review: £26 (incl VAT)
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Fast transfers, Write speeds exceed specifications, Lightweight, Sleek housing, USB 3.0, Long life SLC memory, 5 year warranty
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Limited North American availability, 16GB a bit small for some people, Moderate price premium, No excryption software
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Sleek and stylish, the MX-ES USB 3.0 flash drive is great for those who want portability and speed.
by Jake
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Specifications and Package

The specifications for the FX-MX USB 3.0 16GB are as follows:

  • Model Name: MXUB3SES-16G
  • Capacity:16GB
  • Interface:Type USB 3.0
  • Dimension:69.5 x 17.0 x 8.2mm (LxWxH)
  • Lightweight: 32g
  • Max. Read Performance: Up to 140MB/s*
  • Max. Write Performance: Up to 60MB/s*
  • Shock Resistant: 1,500G
  • Vibration: 20G
  • Altitude:80,000ft
  • Operating Temp: 0℃ ~ +70℃
  • Storage Temp:-45℃ ~ +85℃
  • OS Support: Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Mac OS X
  • Other features: SLC NAND Flash / Ultimate Endurance / World-class Reliability
  • Warranty: 5 Years

Examining the features, there are two things to note here of particular interest. The first is that the MX-ES USB 3.0 doesn’t come with any special encryption, locking, or fancy protection software; it’s a straightforward storage device to transfer and keep files. The second is the 5 year warranty, which is longer than the 3 years we typically see, due to the SLC memory used and identified as longer life by MX Technology.

The MX-ES USB 3.0 comes in a small black package that’s highlighted by white and grey. It’s quite a nice package, very sleek, and it’s rather interesting to note that this USB drive is apparently “Optimized for ASUS USB 3.0 motherboards“. Now, we’ve used many motherboards over the years, but we’re not quite sure how it’s optimized for ASUS when the USB 3.0 spec is obviously not manufacturer-dependent. We’ll hazard a guess at some sort of partnership between the two companies being the reason here. Regardless, we’re big fans of ASUS and we’ll actually be using an ASUS motherboard on the test bench today, if that’s anything of consequence.

Let’s take a closer look at this flash drive.

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