USB flash drives are just about everywhere these days. As the price has come down, and the capacity and speeds have gone up, they have become extremely versatile and indispensable gadgets for countless computer users. But two related problems still exist with USB flash drives... The fact that they are relatively easy to misplace, and once lost your data will now be in the hands of the person who finds the drive.
Although tethers and key rings can help you avoid losing your flash drive in the first place, not much can really be done to eliminate that problem. But, if you do happen to lose your drive, you may want to lose something like the Transcend
JetFlash 210. This drive features a finger print scanner on the body that will allow only the owner of the authorized digit to access the protected files on the device. Even if you don't lose it, this could be a great feature for securing sensitive data on your flash drive, as well as elsewhere on your computer system.
This review is going to take a look at the 1GB version of the JetFlash 210, as well as a few of the added features available thanks to the finger print scanner and other interesting bits of software included with the device. Before getting into the actual review, let's check out some of the published data on the JetFlash 210, starting with a quote from the Transcend USA
"Swipe your finger to access secure data or automatically log on to membership websites. Protect your private e-documents with the fingerprints of up to ten trusted members. Biometric technology means data access is as personalized as you are unique."
» Fully compatible with Hi-Speed USB 2.0
» Advanced Fingerprint Recognition Technology
» Easy Plug and Play installation
» Additional software pack (helps you manage your data)
» Protect Files: Protect files stored on your computer using fingerprint security
» Mobile Favorites: Access your Internet Explorer Favorites on another computer
» Website Auto-Login: Automatically login to websites where you are a registered user
» Repartition Tool: Adjust the size of the Private and Public partition areas for storing data
» USB powered. No external power, or battery needed
» LED indicates data transfer activity
» Driverless (Windows 2000/XP)
» Two years warranty
» Size : 70 mm x 23 mm x 11 mm
» Performance : Read 9 MByte/s, Write 8 MByte/s(Max.)
» Data Retention : Up to 10 years
» Durability : >100,000 program/erase cycles
» Weight : 15g
» Certificate : CE, FCC, BSMI
The list of features tips you off to some of the interesting items we will check out on the JetFlash 210, while the list of specifications gives you the technical basics. Not mentioned here is that this flash drive is available in two sizes, 1GB and 2GB.
The Transcend JetFlash 210 is sold in the clear plastic packaging shown below. As you can see, there are plenty of details provided, as well as a good look at the drive itself. There are two drives shown in the image on the front of the package, one with orange trim and one with blue. Transcend uses colors to distinguish capacities, and in the case of the 210 series, orange means 1GB and blue means 2GB.