The Bottom Line
Over the last few years that I have been here at TweakTown, flash drives have been coming through in droves. I have seen everything from the budget friendly to extreme performance solutions, and yet again we add to the latter with the JumpDrive P20 from Lexar.
The P20 is the latest and greatest from Lexar carrying both extreme capacity up to 128GB and extreme performance. Marketing depicts performance numbers of 400 MB/s read and 270 MB/s write for both the 64GB and 128GB solutions.
Beyond the capacity and performance, the P20 shares the same design as both the JumpDrive Triton and P10 with its aluminium chassis and piano black plastics. The P20 like the others carries a slider design and remains compatible with Windows 7 and 8+, along with OS X. MSRP of the Lexar JumpDrive P20 is listed at $109.99 with a lifetime warranty.
The P20 in its retail form is packaged in clear plastic. The front of the container houses capacity information at the bottom left with performance to the right.
Above, you can see the aluminium structure of the P20.
Capacity of the drive is listed within the middle of the drive when slid open, in the background you can see the lanyard Lexar has included with the P20.
Here we have a look at the port side of the drive, of course blue in color.
EncryptStick Lite is software made for Lexar flash drives. It allows you to secure your data when you are on the go. This software works on any Lexar flash drive old or new, but does come preinstalled on the P20.
To setup the software, after launching you simply setup a password and hint accordingly.
Once in the software, you will see a list of files that are protected on the flash drive at the top of the menu, while your computer's file directory sits below.
For testing, we first start with Windows 8.1 where we found the P20 to reach 374 MB/s read, followed by 266 MB/s write.
We then moved on to OS X 10.10 to find similar results with 361 MB/s read and 254 MB/s write.
Price/Performance put the P20 in second place at 91.6% next to the Rage 2 from Patriot.
With each release from Lexar, we get closer and closer to reaching the full potential of USB 3.0. Build quality as expected is top of the line, the plastic and aluminium design being largely unchanged for quite some time now still works as flawlessly as it did on day one. Adding to the P20, the EncryptStick software allows users a method of securing their data on any Lexar based flash solution.
Performance as noted in our testing was quite good, and while we didn't reach full marketing numbers, we were able to touch 374 MB/s read in Windows, while OS X produced just shy of that at 361 MB/s. Write performance was equally as good where Windows 8.1 gave us 266 MB/s with 254 MB/s coming through OS X. Price/Performance was good to the Lexar P20 as it landed in our second spot thanks to the price per GB declining.
Overall, it's certainly good to finally see pricing come down for Lexar solutions, as I personally feel they are some of the most reliable solutions on the market today.
|Quality including Design and Build||94%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||89%|
The Bottom Line: The JumpDrive P20 flash drive from Lexar is a reliable, high performance solution with excellent capacity options for the consumer.
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