I think it is a pretty safe bet that we have all come to love USB thumb drives. I still remember the first time someone handed me one at a LAN party. At that time they were in their infancy, kind of clunky like a 1960s car, a little slow but it sure beat the heck out of burning a driver on a CD to pass around.
Fast forward to present day and you can get small drives like the Super Talent Pico C that impressed us with its small size and go everywhere charm, the Kingston HyperX that is capable of maxing out your USB2.0 ports transfer limit and any number of odd shaped and themed products that are floating around. The thumb drive is here to stay and evolution of the product line will continue to drive us to faster speeds and more capacity.
Today we are looking at a high capacity drive with a luxury package, the Super Talent Luxio. In this case the luxury aspect doesn't accompany a ridiculous price point, as the Luxio is priced equal to similar capacity drives.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Currently the Super Talent Luxio is available in three colors; Black, Silver and Wood Grain. We received the wood grain model in 64GB capacity, but Super Talent also manufactures 16 and 32GB flavors. Newegg lists the cost at 41.99 for the 16GB model, 66.99 for the 32GB and our sample 64GB is currently priced at 134.99 USD. When it comes to competing products, Newegg lists three other 64GB flash drives. The lowest cost model is the Kingston DataTraveler 150 64GB at 129.99. The Super Talent Luxio takes second place in the price category.
Of course, price shouldn't be your only concern when shopping. The only 64GB drive with hardware encryption listed at Newegg is the Super Talent drive we are reviewing here today. The Luxio is also one of only two drives that carry a Limited Lifetime Warranty, definitely a plus since we are talking about a large drive that you will want to use for many years to come.
Generally flash drives do not come with fancy accessories, at best a lanyard or warranty card. Super Talent included a form fit leather case that keeps with the luxury feel. Let's now have a look at the drive.
The Luxio package goes well beyond what we have come to expect from flash drives, no form fitting plastic here.
The back of the package lists the features in several languages and all of the usual compliance notices are also shown.
Digging a little deeper, we see that everything is packaged well. Here we get our first look at the drive; looks good!
The Super Talent Luxio
Although it looks like wood, the drive is actually plastic; a disappointment. Plastic does weigh less than wood so there are benefits, but if you are looking for a true wood flash drive, this is not the one.
The back of the drive is nearly identical to the front, other than the logo being omitted.
The capacity is listed on the side of the Luxio.
Super Talent got in a little branding on the other side of the drive.
Here we see the Luxio with the cap removed. The drive does not have a place to store the cap when in use.
This is the front of the leather carrier that is included with the Luxio.
On the back Super Talent included a claw style clasp.
Benchmarks - Test System Setup and HD Tune Pro
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (Supplied by Intel)
Motherboard: MSI X38 Diamond (Supplied by MSI Computer)
Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1200 (Supplied by Winchip)
Graphics Card: ASUS HD 3870 TOP (Supplied by ASUS)
Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Drivers: Intel INF 188.8.131.529, ForceWare 163.21
To give the testing a little spice I chose to include benchmarks from some of my daily use thumb drives. The Corsair Flash Voyager, Corsair Readout and OCZ Rally 2 all offered great performance at their times of launch.
HD Tune Pro
Version and / or Patch Used: 3.00
Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com/>
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
- Benchmark: measures the performance
- Info: shows detailed information
- Health: checks the health status by using SMART
- Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
- Temperature display
HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.
When it came to all out performance, my trusty Super Talent Pico C took the crown. Once you remove the speedy Pico C from the group we see that the Luxio runs with the other drives.
The Super Talent Luxio may not be as luxurious as a Mercedes or as fast as a Ferrari, but it is as good as it gets when it comes to portable, high capacity flash storage. With the capacity and color options it will be very easy for you to find a Luxio that matches your own personal style and amount of space needed.
Our 64GB sample came in at a price that is comparable to competing products, yet it packs more features. As a reminder, at the time of writing Newegg lists the drive at 134.99 USD. The AES 256bit hardware encryption feature comes to mind here and if you need that level of data protection in a large capacity drive, the Luxio is the only way to go according to our Newegg price listing.
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