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Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide #3

By: Shawn Baker | Guides | Posted: Jul 7, 2003 4:00 am

Kingmax Technology


Ken from Kingmax Australia sent us the latest in flash drive technology from Kingmax Technology. Kingmax has not only recently released a USB 1.1 flash drive but a USB 2.0, importantly, at affordable prices. Kingmax are mainly known for their line of popular BGA memory but this month we will see if they have what it takes to compete in the heated flash drive market.


- USB 1.1 / 2.0 Flash Drives


When first looking at the flash drives you notice how it does not look too special, it does not have the sleekness of the Crucial flash drive which we looked at on the previous page in case you skipped through to this page. While looks may be important for some people, when purchasing a flash drive others will prefer to get something that simple carries data from one place to another. This is where Kingmax flash drives are perfect and for the price of the 128MB Crucial unit you will be able to buy a 256MB Kingmax drive.




Kingmax concentrate on producing a product that does the job it was intended for and at a competitive price. While their flash drives may not look as good as the Crucial, as soon as you plug it into your computer it detects exactly the same way as the more expensive units and works exactly the same. It was interesting to see that both flash drives detected as Prolific brand drives which might suggest Kingmax outsourced the production of these particular drives to this company in this instance or they only use this chip controller and did not bother changing the name of the drive to "Kingmax".


Because all flash drives are quite similar you are simply paying more for the build quality of the unit and warranty. While the Kingmax flash drives are made of plastic it doesn't feel like its just going to fall apart in your hands. What the Kingmax units have over the Crucial competition (apart from a more affordable price tag) is the large cord so you can use to hang the drive around your neck. Another handy feature of the drive is the cap and how it comes out turns around and attaches to the back of the drive in twisty motion saving you the frustration of loosing the cap.


The Kingmax USB 1.1 flash drive version is offered in a pale green while the USB 2.0 version is offered in a much nicer dark blue color. Both packages are the same with the inclusion of the driver disk, installation guide, the flash drive as well as the cord to hang around your neck. Both drives are designed to the more business orientated person who doesn't want something that is going to cost a fortune individually or when brought in bulk for company employees.



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