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Superfast even with USB2 socket hardware.
on 9 March 2015
This new USB3 stick really does deserve the "superspeed" tag....even if you're still using USB2 laptops/desktops.
I rely heavily on various USB sticks (all Lexar/Crucial "twist/turn" sticks for normal data, or IronKey for encrypted data) to provide an "instant manual backup" of any files I'm working on, or new files. One sits with each of my (& my family's) personal & business laptops/desktops. Full backups are made later, on external HDs for Windows/Time Machine for Macs.
One of these started to "vanish" when plugged in, and after a re-format, was performing very slowly & I decided to bin it.
As I now have a mix of USB2/3 hardware, I looked for a USB3 version of Lexar's excellent twist/turn sticks. This JumpDrive S33 was the only one I could see. I never buy USB sticks with detachable tops, and need them to be fairly thin body, due to Apple's habit of placing laptop sockets too close together.
I just tested this alongside one of the Lexar USB2 64gb sticks, copying 2.4gb of MP3 files from a 2007 Mac Pro with USB2 sockets. The USB2 stick took 11 minutes, the USB3 stick just 3 minutes.
Cost per GB is no higher than the same brand of USB2 stick
Write speed when copying data from a 7-year-old Mac with USB2 sockets is around 4 times faster than writing to a comparable USB2 stick
The head & pins are retracted into the black outer case when the white inner case is swivelled round 180 degrees
There is a small corded "keyring" in the pack, which slots through a small slot in the black outer case
Unlike the previous "twist/turn" model, the case is plastic & doesn't feel too strong
Although the memory chip is solid-state, the head with the connecting pins is plastic (first time I've seen that), and feels like it would crack if stood on
One bit of "belt 'n' braces cautionary advice.....USB sticks are not robust enough to be relied upon as your sole backup for any important files. They do eventually fail if over-used, and are easy to lose. Use an external HD for the really important "safe" backups!