I’d hardly heard of ADATA before and certainly weren’t aware of them producing consumer flash drives. However, when I found myself after a large capacity USB 3 flash drive this came recommended.
The ADATA is quite compact, measuring just 6 x 2 x 1 cms, and that’s with the cap on. The cap, made of sturdy black plastic, will sit on the opposite end of the stick when not in use, reducing the chance of it getting lost. The main body of the memory stick is made of metal and is a gun-metal colour. There are deep ridges down all 4 sides. The end has a loop hole, for if you wish to attach it to anything. There is no activity light, something that you will either be pleased about or it may put you off.
The device, as said before is USB 3.0 and, boy, does it fly.
CrystalDiskMark benchmarks showed an average speed of 106 MB/s with sequential reads, 87.29 MB/s with 512K reads and 5.89 MB/s 4k reads. Write speeds were equally impressive – 80 MB/s sequential, 47.27 MB/s 512K and 0.882 MB/s 4k. This makes it the fastest drive (no matter the type or connection) I’ve tested, bar a Kingston HyperX SSD. What’s even more impressive is that if connected to a USB 2 port it’s THE fastest USB 2 device I’ve tried.
The packaging for the drive is quite simple – cardboard with the drive inside a plastic blister. Nothing else. A QR code on the back will lead you to a site where you register for a warranty and download free software – OStoGO (allows you install Windows 7 via USB Flash Drive) and UFDtoGO (portable applications).
The drive comes with a lifetime warranty.
Update: Less than two weeks after purchase the memory stick failed (i.e. stopped working entirely). It had only ad-hoc use during this time but, as with everything, can happen. Amazon were happy to refund or replace it.
64GB of blistering USB 3 solid state pen drive for £26? It’s very, very impressive and a must-buy for anybody needing quick data transfers in a portable, and robust, form.