Author:
Mike Adams
12/29/2008

Some people say that a flash drive is a flash drive. Who cares about one from the next? With this in mind, I have taken a look at the SurfDrive Classic USB 2.0 flash drive (see Figure 1A). The first thing that stands out is the fact that this flash drive is pretty cool looking. The data transfer doesn’t differ too much from other standard USB flash drives (such as the SanDisk Cruzer drives), but with the form you do lose some functionality.

Figure 1A

Figure 1A

Figure 1B

Figure 1B

Because of the way the drive was designed, it is much thinner than standard USB drives and therefore loses out on the usual USB protective housing (see Figure 1B) that is on other USB flash drives. What this means to you is that there is a potential to put the drive in your USB port backwards. This can lead to some slight discoloration on the backside (see Figure 1C), but so far our demo unit has received no actual degradation and continues to boot up as soon as it is plugged in. (Side note: we have had our demo unit for approximately two years, and it is still running strong.)

Figure 1C

Figure 1C

  Uploading to the USB Drive
Based on a 564MB file
Deleting from the USB Drive
Based on a 564MB file
SurfDrive Classic 2 minutes, 2.20 seconds 20.69 seconds
SanDisk Cruzer 1 minute, 51.91 seconds 22.25 seconds

Pros:

  • Slick looking and more visually appealing than other USB Drives.
  • Transfer rates do not vary too much from other drives.
  • Deletion of files off flash drive slightly quicker than other drives
  • Does not come with extraneous software on the drive itself, like other drives (i.e. SanDisk).

Cons:

  • While the transfer rates do not vary too much, other drives have faster upload rates than this one does.
  • The exposed USB connector does lead to some frustration.
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