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VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB- Review

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Posted November 21, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Storage, HDs & SSDs

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Now
 
Price at time of Review: $109-120GB & $174-240GB
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Fast, Small, Rugged Casing, Value Per GB.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Gets warm with heavy use, Rubber Cap not Tethered,
 
BOTTOM LINE:
All in all it is a good drive even though we could not get it to hit the advertised speeds. The smallest of the bunch packed the biggest performance punch, although at the price of getting a little toasty.
by Sandy Bruce
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Introduction

 

 

The first removable flash-based card was released in 1995 and held a whooping 8MB of data. SmartMedia later released a 32MB flash card with a price tag of $99. USB ports were still uncommon, yet the these cards boasted a theoretical 2MB/s transfer rate. Fast forward 20 years to see USB flash drives capacities exceeding 256GB with transfer rates near 200MB/s. One may come to the conclusion that we do not need faster or larger pocket drives considering the average file transfer is done being copied in a few seconds. VisionTek does not think we have reached a suitable transfer speed yet, and has created a drive to challenge every other portable storage device. The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD uses the same technology many of us now use to achieve quicker boot and application load times, just in a smaller more portable form factor. We can tell you now it does not win any awards for naming convention… glad that isn’t that important overall.

About

visiontek

 

Currently, VisionTek is focused on expansion of new products to diversify, compliment, and balance our core AMD product lines. VisionTek continues to offer state-of-the-art, graphics cards, memory, solid state drives, power supplies, candyboards, gaming network cards, TV tuners, and more to the computing industry, with branded products still found at major retailers, distributors, PC system builders, and e-commerce sites across North America.

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Specs

120GB Model

Controller: LSI SandForce 2281 Series with 7% Over Provisioning
Capacity: 120GB (128GB total flash memory with 8GB dedicated to real-time redundancy and error correction)*
Performance: up to 445MB/s read, up to 440MB/s write
Random 4K Performance: up to 39,000 IOPS
Interface Type: USB 3.0 (backward compatible to USB 2.0)
Dimensions: 3.66″ x 0.94″ x 0.47″
Weight: 2 ounces
Compatibility: Windows XP and higher / Mac OS X 10.4 and higher/Linux**
Warranty: 2 year

240GB Model

Controller: LSI SandForce 2281 Series with 7% Over Provisioning
Capacity: 240GB (256GB total flash memory with 16GB dedicated to real-time redundancy and error correction)*
Performance: up to 445MB/s read, up to 440MB/s write
Random 4K Performance: Up to 39,000 IOPS
Interface Type: USB 3.0 (backward compatible to USB 2.0)
Dimensions: 3.66″ x 0.94″ x 0.47″
Weight: 2 ounces
Compatibility: Windows XP and higher / Mac OS X 10.4 and higher/Linux**
Warranty: 2 year

Features

Built for rugged portability: No moving parts and an aluminum housing safeguards your data from drops and impacts.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance: Up to 455MB/s reads and 440MB/s writes…up to 10x faster than USB 2.0!
UASP mode support: enables multiple simultaneous commands for faster and more efficient transfers as well as lowers CPU utilization.
DuraClass™ Technology: Ultra-efficient block management & wear leveling offers maximum drive and data reliability.
Bus powered: No need to carry a bulky power adapter…powers via computer.
Use with nearly any computer: Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.
Keychain grommet: allows the drive to easily attach to a set of house/car keys.
US Made & Supported: Designed and built in the US with the highest quality components and backed by free lifetime US-based Tek support.
TAA Compliant: Assures government contractors and government buyers this product is assembled in the U.S.A and is in compliance with the Trade Agreements Act.

 

 

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