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2010 Thumb Drive Roundup - 16 USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Drives Prodded and Tested - Lexar

With so many to choose from, who knows what to buy? Today we look at several thumb drives and help you make an informed decision.

| USB Drives in Storage | Posted: Nov 1, 2010 9:36 am
Manufacturer: TweakTown

Lexar JumpDrive FireFly

 

Lexar, now part of the Micron group offers several flash drives for consumers and enterprise markets. The JumpDrive FireFly has been around for a couple of years, but is unique enough to remain on store shelves. The FireFly name comes from the drives LED at the back of the drive that lights up like a lightening bug.

 

Lexar has four capacity sizes; 2, 4, 8 and 16GB and you can get the FireFly in a handful of colors. Newegg lists the 2GB model at 12.99, 4GB at 14.75, 8GB at 24.30 and the 16GB at 25.01 USD.

 

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Here we see the retail package.

 

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The Lexar JumpDrive FireFly is quite small and has a tight cap that can be used on both sides for easy storage.

 

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The LED at the end of the drive is quite bright and can light up a small space easily when the lights are out.

 

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We tested the 16GB model which is the largest offered at this time.

 

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The early testing with ATTO showed read speeds of 20MB/s and write speeds of almost 12MB/s.

 

Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn

 

Lexar's TwistTurn is a flip out drive that can be attached to a key chain easily. Lexar has a wide range of capacity sizes available from 2GB to 64GB.

 

Newegg carries the 2GB and has it listed at 12.79, 4GB at 10.99, 8GB at 23.79, 16GB at 24.13, 32GB at 75.99 and the massive 64GB at 129.99 USD. All of the models are USB 2.0.

 

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Here we see the retail package.

 

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The drive is fairly small, but far from the smallest we will look at today.

 

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Here we see the drive opened; you can swivel the base all the way around if needed.

 

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We tested the 8GB model for this round up.

 

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The early testing showed us a read speed of just over 18MB/s and a write speed of 7MB/s.

 

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