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Patriot XPorter Magnum 64GB

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Posted April 9, 2009 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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Portability and durability are two essential criteria for a flash drive. These small products may not garner as much attention as the sexy graphics cards or super high speed triple-channel memory modules, but the little flash drive is an essential product for a great number of people out there. Moving files between work, home, and school, particularly for those of us who are digital packrats, means we generally want the biggest and fastest drive we can own, and the Magnum does not disappoint in those regards.

The Patriot Magnum 64GB is a fast drive, putting up very good results in the synthetic benchmark tests. More significantly, however, is the fact that in our real world file transfer test, the Magnum blew away the smaller (and presumably faster) OCZ Rally 2 drive, reaffirming our hypothesis that big drives aren’t necessarily slow. The only real drawback here is that the Magnum doesn’t come with any special encryption, locking, or fancy protection software; it’s a straightforward storage device to transfer and keep files. It would seem those features may have yet to catch up to the large storage capacity, or perhaps the price to include those features here may unreasonably increase the already-high price tag, leaving consumers hesitant to spend that amount of money.

Regardless, the Patriot Magnum 64GB packs a massive amount of storage onto a small device that’s the size of your car key. It’s lightweight, highly portable, durable, and the finish is gorgeous. The product selection in the 64GB flash drive market is extremely small at this point in time, and the Magnum is priced at in the middle of the pack at $130 at the time of this review. However, Newegg is now carrying a $25 rebate which actually makes it the least expensive 64GB flash drive you can find. Considering the price and what you get, you may want to jump on this deal if you’re on the hunt for a new flash drive; you really can’t go wrong with the Patriot Magnum 64GB.

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Our thanks go to Patriot for providing the Magnum for this review.

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