Once I received word from our contacts at Patriot Memory that they were sending me out a 64GB pen drive over for review, I got excited. After all, who doesn't like having the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos to play with? This, indeed, is one great little toy and it is going to get a lot of use around here. It will definitely make a great geeky Christmas gift.
It is a little on the pricey side at around $170 USD, but when you want the latest and greatest in technology, price is just something you need to deal with.
As far as performance goes, read speeds are really impressive hitting up to 33MB/s. Write speeds, while still impressive at up to 16MB/s, were let down a little by the fact that this pen drive uses MLC flash memory, rather than SLC. The OCZ Rally2 pen drive was able to beat it in write tests by 2MB/s since it uses SLC. The Xporter Magnum 64GB was able to smash an old Sony pen drive to pieces in both read and write tests and that shows the value in buying a new pen drive and the type of performance gains you can expect to see. During our testing the Xporter Magnum 64GB had no issues working under Windows Vista x64 and worked well with ReadyBoost, as claimed on the packaging.
The bundle that comes with the drive is a little boring, but at the same time, what else are we to expect? It is just a pen drive after all. Some pen drives come with fancy security software for encrypting your data or even hardware locking and so forth. If you want that type of thing, you buy a pen drive with all those features (good luck finding it in 64GB, though). If you want a simple pen drive with plenty of brilliant build quality and styling, oh and a HUGE amount of storage space, you buy the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB pen drive.
It gets our seal of approval and it will be getting plenty of use around here - oh, that is until it is replaced by 92GB or 128GB flash drives.
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