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

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

Silicon Power LuxMini 920

 

Silicon Power sent over three drives for the round up, but they do not have any thumb drives listed at Newegg.

 

To start things out we have the Silicon Power LuxMini, a high speed 200x drive. The LuxMini 920 is available in four capacities; 8, 16, 32 and a massive 64GB.

 

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Here we see the retail packaging.

 

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The LuxMini 920 has a plastic housing that is covered with a carbon fiber look sticker.

 

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The cap on the drive slides off fairly easily and there isn't a place to put it when the drive is in use.

 

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We tested the massive 64GB model.

 

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The Silicon Power LuxMini 920 had a read speed of nearly 35MB/s and a write speed close to 30MB/s. This is one of the fastest USB 2.0 drives we have ever tested.

 

Silicon Power TOUCH 830

 

The Silicon Power TOUCH 830 is what I like to call a blade drive. This type of thumb drive is very small and very thin. The data connector is different than most thumb drives and it plugs right into the USB port without a case that goes around the port's connector. Silicon Power released the drive in 2, 4, 8 and 16GB capacities.

 

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Here we see the retail packaging.

 

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The TOUCH 830 has a metal, chrome finish and is just over an inch long.

 

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Silicon Power included a chain accessory with the drive. Here you can see the USB connector.

 

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We tested the 8GB model.

 

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In early tested we observed the drive reading at 18MB/s and writing data at 15MB/s.

 

Silicon Power TOUCH 851

 

Silicon Power's TOUCH 851 is another small thumb drive, but it is a little larger than the 830. The 851 is also available in the same capacity sizes; 2, 4, 8 and 16GB.

 

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Here we see the retail packaging.

 

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The Silicon Power TOUCH 851 uses a slide configuration. With your thumb you slide the drives data connector out of the metal base.

 

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Silicon Power included a metal chain so you can easily attach the drive to a backpack, purse or keychain.

 

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We tested the 8GB model.

 

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Early testing revealed the Silicon Power TOUCH 851 reading at 18MB/s and writing data at 15MB/s.

 

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