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USBs have gone from cutting edge technology to must have these days nad possibly everyone has atleast one of them. I had previously a 2GB cheap USB which although did its job well all of a sudden died. At that time I used to attach my USB to my key chain to prevent its loss. enter patriots extreme performance USB to slve all my problems. Its a few pounds more than the usual USB as I got this one for 15-17£ on amazon. However it was definetely worth the extra money.
For one its super fast transfer speed is great whether its university work, documents, movies and so on. The fast trasnfer speeds is something which I have definetely not seen it other cheap <10£ USBs. On the manual it says it has about 150x times the speed and although I didnt test I transferred about 600Mb worth of data from my computer to it and it did so in just over 30 seconds.
The USB stick is itself encaspulated in a rubber material of sorts making ita very rugged piece of equipment. It boosts to be shock proof and water proof and the high quality rubber definetely cements that belief. It is nice to look at when in the laptop/ computer with the massive red X sign and good black and red combination. I have had this on my key chain for months now and havnt seen any damage wotsoever.
The company also offers a life long guarantee which gives you some sense of satisfaction that your data is in better hands than other cheap USBs which are known to die out unexpectedly. Another great feature is the rubber cap it comes with. Most cheap USBs come with a plastic cap which over time get loose and fall away and get lost but this one shows no sign due to the rubber contact.
It also comes with a attachment to have it around your neck plus a USB extension cable. The only drawback I see in the model is I havnt found any security option in here which although I am not interested in is a neccesity for some people. However security aside if you want a high speed, rugged, reliable and trustworthy USB stick you cant go wrong with this.
If you want to invest in a durable and super-fast USB flash drive, then you will do well to invest in a Patriot Xporter USB flash drive. I needed to upgrade from my previous USB flash drive firstly because I needed to have more memory. Most importantly however, I wanted to make sure I bought a USB flash drive that could be tough enough to withstand regular usage for many years. This is because I know friends and colleagues who have used cheaper USB flash drives and many of them suffered because of this. Cheap USB flash drives can get easily broken, bent, or they just simply pack up altogether for no good reason. I did not want to experience any of these mishaps for myself. So although it was tempting for me to get a 4GB flash drive online for a fiver, I decided to purchase the Patriot Xporter for a bit extra.
Yes, it does cost a bit extra, but I assure you that it is well worth it for many reasons. Firstly, this product comes with a life-time guarantee, which is quite rare when it comes to flash drives. The design of the Patriot Xporter ensures that it is both water-proof and shock-proof. Admittedly, I have not personally put these claims to the test. I would not deliberately use it to replace my rubber duckie during bath-times, and neither would I use it to replace my tennis ball so I cannot testify these claims. I am prepared to believe it though, because the body and cap of the Patriot Xporter is made of durable rubber instead of the brittle plastic. Moreover, the cap is very secure, and because it is made of rubber it will not slip off accidentally. This product also comes with a Lanyard, so you can wear this flash drive around your neck. This could also help to protect your flash drive from experiencing the rough and tumble of your hand-bag or rucksack, and it could also help prevent you from losing it!
The second amazing aspect of this product is that it has a 150x data transfer speed. Indeed, I am not that tech-savvy to perform scientific tests to find out whether this is claim is true, but what I can tell you is that the data transfer rate is very fast indeed. In my experience, it took 1 minute to back up 1GB worth of pictures to the Xporter. I think that is phenomenal and amazing, even for a non-techie person. This product is definitely worth buying if you plan on backing up/transferring a lot high-memory files all the time.
I have used the Xporter on Windows XP, Windows Vista x64 and Mac OS X 10. All of the operating systems detect the Xporter very quickly - I did not have any problems. It is certified for Windows Vista ReadyBoost. It should also work on Windows ME, 2000, Mac OS 9 and Linux, according to Patriot.
I also like the fact that the Xporter comes with a USB2.0 extension cable. I haven't actually used this yet, but it is nice to be able to have that choice available to you, should you ever need it!
All in all, this is a really good, useful and durable piece of kit worthy of five stars.
12/08/09 UPDATE: After about six months of using this product, I still am very satisfied with all of its features and durability. I hope this helps.
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