USB 3.0 will be one of the fastest adapted new technologies of 2010. At this time it appears that everyone is on board, even though Intel is struggling to get their butt in gear. Intel aside, USB 3.0 is all over the place and thanks to NEC, even Intel motherboards come standard now with the latest spec, truly universal standard. With the first half of the catch 22 in place, we can now start to focus on USB 3.0 devices to take advantage of the new USB 3.0 spec.
USB 3.0 will have many uses, but the earliest device to take advantage of the additional bandwidth over its predecessor is storage devices. USB 2.0 had a maximum transfer rate of between 30 to 35MB/s; that is the same speed of hard drives released over ten years ago, back when a big drive was 20GB. It was clearly time for an update and now that it is here it is time for you to get onboard as well and help everyone migrate over to the new standard.
A-DATA is already onboard with USB 3.0 and is offering several new products that take advantage of the available bandwidth. One of A-DATA's largest markets is portable thumb drives, so it was only natural for A-DATA to take a leadership role in rolling out USB 3.0 thumb drives and get them out at a reasonable price.
Today we are looking at A-DATA's latest product in the Nobility product line, the N005. Let's take a look at the specs and see what the A-DATA Nobility N005 has to offer.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
We have taken a look at a few portable USB 3.0 devices now, but the A-DATA Nobility 005 is the first that looks like a 'standard' thumb drive. The N005 is a little longer than most of the USB 3.0 thumb drives, but it also packs quite a bit more storage than most USB 2.0 drives as well. The N005 is currently available in 16, 32 and 64GB and works with all forms of USB including the latest SuperSpeed 3.0 spec.
Newegg currently lists all three versions of the Nobility N005 in stock and available. The 64GB model that we are reviewing today is listed at 134.99, the 32GB for 79.99 and the 16GB for a very reasonable 44.99 USD. These prices are some of the best we have seen for a USB 3.0 thumb drive, but then again, most of the units we have looked at were based on high end solid state designs.
Let's take a look at the actual drive.