Transcend JetFlash 130
This drive looks very compact thanks to its design with rounded-off corners. The case is made from milk-white plastic with an orange insert near the USB connector. The activity indicator is built into the case near that orange piece and shines through the drive with blue. A hole for a neck strap is at the back of the drive. The default white cap can be replaced with one of the spare caps (orange and colorless).
The manufacturer declares a read speed of 12MB/s and a write speed of 8MB/s for this model. The accessories include a quick start guide, advertising booklet, two spare caps, a strap, and a small CD with software. The software allows using the drive to lock the PC, to create two partitions on the drive, one of which is password-protected. The drive can also be used as a boot device.
Dimensions: 60 x 16.5 x 8.1mm; weight: 7g.
Transcend JetFlash 185
The metallic case of this flash drive is appealing and also robust. The red band in the middle indicates the capacity of 2 gigabytes. The cap is locked on the USB connector and can hardly slip off accidentally. There is a blue LED indicator of operation mode at the drive’s butt-end.
The manufacturer declares a read speed of 12-16MB/s and a write speed of 9-12MB/s for this drive. The accessories include a metallic chain, a quick installation guide, a cloth to clean the drive, and a small CD with software that contains a user manual, drivers, and JetFlash Elite. The JetFlash Elite suite consists of the following programs: AutoLogin for automatic authorization in protected zones of your favorite websites; PC-Lock to use the flash drive as a lock for your PC; Favorites for storing the list of your favorite websites on the drive; Secretzip for compressing files and protecting them with a password using the AES algorithm; E-Mail for sending, receiving and storing your e-mail; DataBackup for creating and restoring data backups and synchronizing data between the PC and the flash drive; MyFlash for direct access to the drive. And finally, the Online Update feature allows updating the software from the Transcend website.
Dimensions: 49.5 x 15.8 x 7.4mm; weight: 15g.
Transcend JetFlash T3
The smallest and lightest drive in this review doesn’t look reliable. Its thin plastic case bends easily, ready to break after an awkward movement. The tiny size coupled with low weight and black color of the plastic make it likely to get lost. The coarse surface of the case helps you to take the drive out of the connector.
There is a ring for a strap on the case, but the latter is not included.
The drive lacks an activity indicator.
Dimensions: 30.3 x 12.4 x 2.8mm; weight: 1.3g.