When I shop for a new USB flash drive, I generally look at major brands like Sandisk, Corsair, Kingston, Crucial, PNY, and OCZ... most of which are available at major retailers. However, this might leave out many brands that could potentially offer a superior product. A flash drive might be considered superior due to factors like its transfer speeds, capacity, physical features, and value added software.
ATP Electronics has been in the flash memory business since 1991; well before the digital age took off. Their line up includes products representing most major types of flash memory cards (CF, MMC, SD, USB Flash Drives), and flash memory card readers, too.
ATP has sent over a pair of 2GB USB flash drives for Bigbruin.com to take a look at... the Petito and the ToughDrive Mini. Both drives boast similar speed specifications, Windows Vista ReadyBoost compatibility, and are available in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB. Before taking a look at the USB flash drives provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the ATP Electronics website...
ToughDrive Mini Features and Specifications:
» All ATP USB drives are enhanced for use with Windows ReadyBoost
» Tough Synthetic Polymer Housing for shock absorption and water resistance.
» High data transfer rate: Up to 30 MB/s! Speed up file transfers and multimedia streaming.
» Extremely Portable: Compact design for convenient storage and mobility.
» No driver needed for Windows 2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 8.6 or above, Linux Kernel 2.4.0 or above.
» Capacities: 512MB to 4GB
» Connectivity: High Speed USB1.1 / 2.0 compliant
» Texture/Coating: Synthetic polymer
» Indicator: LED Light Indicator
» Software Imbedded: Drive Partitioning, password protection
» Data retention: 10 years
» Length: 57mm +/- 0.20mm
» Width: 18mm +/- 0.15mm
» Thickness: 8mm +/- 0.10mm