USB flash drives are typically the kind of item where you just need one, and it is rather difficult to get excited about any particular model. That said, manufacturers release flash drives with novel features simply intended to make them stand out in the crowd and in turn generate more sales. This can include simple things like the size and shape, a theme based on something from pop culture, added functionality like hardware encryption, and in some cases the promise of improved performance.
This review is going to take a look at a flash drive from Patriot Memory
that is looking to grab your attention with the promise of high speed transfer capabilities. The XPorter Rage 16GB USB flash drive features "quad channel technology" to boost the read/write speeds up to 27MB/s (read) and 25MB/s (write).
The promotional image above provides a glimpse of the 16GB Patriot Memory XPorter Rage in both its open and closed state. Before taking a closer look at the drive on hand, let's take a closer look at some published data taken from the official product page
on the Patriot Memory website.
Features and Specifications:
» Xporter XT Rage series
» Model PEF16GRUSB
» USB 2.0
» 16GB capacity
» Quad Channel technology for fast read/write performance
» Up to 27MB/s Read
» Up to 25MB/s Write
» Durable design extends the life of your drive
» Rubber coated housing protects from drops, spills, daily abuse
» Retractable design protects USB connector when drive not in use
The 16GB Patriot Memory XPorter Rage is sold in the blister packaging shown below. The high performance nature of the product is emphasized with the terms "Quad Channel", "25MB/s Write", and "Performance Defined" printed on the front of the package. The drive itself is shown through the clear blister, where we see its compact size, retractable design, and sporty color combination.
On the back side of the packaging we find a multi-lingual listing of some basic information on the product and the company.