The OCZ Technology
brand name can be found on some of the finest memory products in the industry. What many people do not realize is that their line up not only includes system memory modules, but also flash memory products. From USB flash drives to flash media cards, the reputation OCZ has developed with their experience with system memory has been transferred nicely to products like the Rally USB flash drive
In addition to producing high performance products, OCZ is also well known for coming up with innovative new designs to make their products appealing in terms of form and function. If you are looking for an example of what I am talking about, the product up for review should fit the bill nicely. The Mega-Kart is one of the newest products in OCZ's flash memory line up, and although it offers many features you would look for in a USB flash drive, it isn't like many items out there at this time. The OCZ Mega-Kart features 8GB of storage, a high speed USB 2.0 connection, and a unique design giving it the shape and size comparable to a thin stack of credit cards.
As shown in the promotional image above, this flash drive isn't like the one that might be in your pocket or on your key chain right now. Although it may be wider and longer, its extremely thin profile makes it easy to store all your photos, music, and files right in your wallet. OCZ describes the Mega-Kart as "a dream-come-true for individuals who need to carry large quantities of data" and we will do our best to see if that statement has any merit. Before we get to that though, here are the published specifications from the OCZ Technology website...
» High Speed USB 2.0 Certified
» Dimensions: 84mm x 53mm x 4mm (L x W x H)
» True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)
» Compatible with: Windows: 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP
» Linux: Kernel 2.4 or later
» Mac: OS 9.0 or later
» LED Status Light
» 1 Year Warranty
Many flash drives offer estimated read/write speeds in the specifications, and it is always interesting to see how close real world results wind up coming. OCZ Technology does not list any such speeds in the official data on the Mega-Kart, so I am even more interested to see how well it will perform. Hopefully the values haven't been left out to hide poor performance.
The Mega-Kart is sold in the clear plastic blister pack shown below... get your scissors ready. The packaging provides just about everything you would need to see if you were shopping for somethiing like this in a retail setting; a good look at the product, a listing of features and specifications, and some general information on the product.