It’s been quite sometime since we all left the USB 2.0 era. Yet, there are loads of devices out there that are still using this aging technology. On the other hand there are old devices as well. Though USB 3.0 brought some major improvements as far as the data transfer rate is concern, I am not all that into speed. However, this issue becomes even less important when most of your file sizes are within few megabytes.
Transcend JetFlash 350 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. © Transcend.
Can’t really remember the exact date but I bought this Transcend JetFlash 350 USB 2.0 based 16GB flash drive way back. Had been using this little drive to backup some of my files that I move around quite often. I purchased this drive earlier than the Kingston drive that I reviewed back in June. Somehow I forgot to review this one. In fact I have another drive of same capacity that uses USB 3.0 which I will review soon. Now, here are the specs of this drive if you are interested.
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||0.73″ x 0.34″ x 2.42″|
|Supports||Windows, Mac, Linux.|
I ran some test with this drive and the results are in. Here is a screenshot of CrystalDiskMark result.
CrystalDiskMark Rating for Transcend JetFlash 350 16GB.
As you can see from the result, this flash drive scored over 22 MB of sequential read and little over 11 MB on writing speed. At the age of USB 3.0 this era this result is not all that impressive from a flash drive from earlier generation. However, it performed better on writing speed over Kingston flash drive that reviewed earlier. Bare in mind though, this drive is way cheaper than Kingston drive though they are from the same generation. This drive has plastic casing which will catch lots of scratch mark as it ages. Perhaps using plastic case was another factor behind the pricing of this item.
From my personal experiences, I think Kingston is definitely a better choice if you are planning to use it for day to day operations as it has full metal body and it’s much sturdier than Transcend drive. Even then this drive could be a good option for storing data that you don’t need to access everyday, especially if you want to use it as a boot-able drive. I rated this drive as 4 out of 5 because of flimsy case and lower read speed.
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