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Pretec

Pretec Electronics Corporation is represented with two small-size products in this review.

i-Disk Tiny Luxury USB 2.0 Flash Disk 256MB

This series comes in 64, 128, 256, 512 and 1GB capacities. The compact size of the device is its distinguishing trait, of course; the dimensions are 40.2x19.3x9.6mm. Its weight of 4.5g and ability to work in a temperature range of 0 to 85°C make it a truly portable device you can always have with you.

  

  

The non-operational temperature range lies from -20 to 120°C. The drive can sustain an operational vibration of 5G and an operational shock of 55G. It features an LCD-indicator of the drive’s status. The USB 2.0 interface is supported; the manufacturer claims up to 8MB/s read speed and up to 7MB/s write speed. The software you receive on a miniature CD allows using the flash drive as a bootable disk or limit the access to the stored data. The accessories to the drive allow wearing it on your neck or key-ring.

The average retail price of the device is $55.

i-Disk Tiny Standard USB 2.0 Flash Disk 256MB

The second product from Pretec we’d like to present in this review resembles the first one in many aspects, although differs externally. The previous model had rounded corners, while this “standard” drive is made deliberately “angular”, “straight-line”.

  

  

The Standard series from Pretec includes models of 64, 128, 256, 512MB and 1GB capacities. The drive is real tiny with dimensions of 40.2x19.3x9.6mm; its weight is 4.5g. The range of operational temperatures is 0-85°C, of non-operational from -20 to +120°C. The drive can keep on working under a vibration of 5G and a shock of 55G. It is equipped with an LCD-indicator of the operational mode. The speed characteristics of the drive as specified by the manufacturer are fully identical to the above-described model: up to 8MB/s read and up to 7MB/s write speeds. The software on the miniature CD is the same as you receive with the aforementioned drive. You can wear the device on your neck or on your key-ring.

The average retail price of this i-Disk is $55.

Transcend

JetFlash 2.0 USB 2.0 256MB (TS256MJF2BF/L)

Transcend’s series of USB flash drives includes models with capacities of 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB as well as 1, 2 and 4GB. Our sample has a blue plastic case, but there are also other color schemes available.

The manufacturer declares an up to 8MB/s read speed and up to 7MB/s write speed. The dimensions of the drive are 75x22x10mm; its weight is 11g. The drive fully complies with the USB 2.0 specification; it’s got an activity LED-indicator and a write-protection switch. You can also protect your data with a password or use the drive as a bootable disk. The accessories to the device include a carry strap, a software CD, a description and a USB cable.

The average retail price of the drive is $38.

 
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