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I'm a video professional and bought several of this type. While the price is attractive, the plastic USB connector is poorly designed and fails quickly. I've lost data. The only reliable kind of thumb drives tend to have an all metal USB connector. The remaining 3 units I still use casually, all have to be wiggled until the connectors mate. Seriously? I wouldn't use this product professionally
I bought it to back-up 10,000 photos and it worked great.
When I purchased this drive I had the intent of using it with the Hauppauge Rocket Capture Card. When I used it to record videos on to the data rate of the videos were quite low compared to some 5 year old flash drives that I had around, even though this drive was rated to have over triple the write speed(The other one had 15MB/s or so).The data rate was 14,000 mb/s on the old flash drive and about 4,000 - 12,000 mb/s on this "3.0" 128GB drive.
The good parts about this drive are standard file transfers are fast but are still half of the maximum rated speed which is fine. The best part is the 128GB or 119GiB storage capacity.
Overall I would recommend this
This was a good deal when I bought it on sale, but definitely not worth the full price. The USB package feels a bit cheap, and the rotating/retracting idea is nice but isn't always smooth. Also found it warmed up when actively being used for less than an hour.
However, I am using this for archiving large amounts of data and keeping duplicate sets, so it works out fine for that. Just not something I would consider for daily use.
I picked up 2 of these USB sticks because the pricing was great. I did find the rotate to open feature a bit goofy, but after using for a few weeks I am used to it. When you rotate it the male plug parts extends and retracts. Secondly the male part to insert into the USB port was really stiff & my computer did not detect it at first till I took in & out a few times then then red working light came on. Since first day I have not had a problem with detection at all. I reformatted the keys from Fat32 to NTFS. No problems there. On my labtop I get 32mb a sec. On my Desktop I get 52mb per sec. These speeds were both using USB 3.0 ports. Good keys for the sale price, I would definitely buy more up. 4 out of 5stars.
The mechanism to extend the actual USB plug is plastic and a little fussy to both open and close. The plug itself is plastic too, which I've not seen before so for these reasons I am a little concerned about durability. Formatted with NTFS I get 119GB which is OK (sure wish manufacturers would be straightforward about the actual storage capacity) and while I haven't measured the transfer speed it is noticeably faster than any of my existing USB drives so I'm happy (just took about 20 seconds to transfer 757MB). My advice is to snap one up when it goes on sale.
Good at the on sale price
Just a little flimsy, don't know how long it will last.
The plastic connector is flexes too much and seems very susceptible to eventual cracking, breaking with continuous usage. Stay with durable metal connector type.
Drive works very well for the price I paid. Transfers are decent and perfect for my needs. I am not too sure how long the plastic USB port will last so will have to be very careful when inserting and extracting the drive I guess.
My PNY 128gig is faster on the seq read/write 150/140 MB/s vs 120/70 MB/s. After several tests and real world comparisons, I do think the PNY is more variable in it's performance.
But on the random writes ..this drive is 3x faster.
SO where does that help? Well on making a back up of a steam game on the same usb stick ... the Lexar was 33% faster overall :)
For that reason I decided to keep this even though the whole thing is plastic and feels a bit flimsy. I am comforted by the fact that I have owned a 32 gig Lexar version for over a year now without incident.
So one star off for the all plastic construction and one for write performance on large files. 1/2 extra star for 3x random write performance.
SO if I could, I would rate this at 75% :)
got this on sale for I think (the price) or something awhile ago. Good decent drive with lots of capacity. I like Lexar and have not had any issues with their products.
only issue I have is that in order to use it you need to spin the drive 180 degrees in the black plastic housing to reveal the USB male end. To close it you need to rotate it back - and the action is not that smooth. USB male end is also made of plastic and not metal. So durability is less than metal. But you could leave it open if you wanted too.
But that is why they made it rotate, so that the male end will be protected under the plastic black housing.
Neither are issues for me since I don't need to use it a lot during the day - just for occasional use/back-ups etc.
the mechanism is a little funky, if you have a tight usb port you have to wiggle it in, as the male end will retract accidentally.
the specs sheet says no included software - there is actually an encryption software pre-installed.
once formatted under FAT32, the size is about 119.25GB. it works as a usb key should.
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