Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Review and Benchmarks
Posted on Nov 18, 2011 by Paul White
I finally decided that my old USB flash
drive was taking up a little too much bulk in my pocket. That and I was close to maxing out its 8GB capacity. So I upgraded to a Super Talent Pico C USB Flash
Drive. This is by far the smallest USB drive available ( That I know of ). It also comes in Chrome, Silver, and 24K gold plated finishes. Bling and Nerd Credit come together. I know the question many are asking. Is it all show and no go? I put both my old drive and my new drive through some benchmarks for comparison.
Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Pros
- Extremely Small compact design
- Variety of Finishes ( silver, chrome, 24K gold plated )
- Keychain loop
- Only Weighs 6 grams
- No Cap to Loose
- USB 2.0 Compatible
- Water Resistant
- Comes in a variety of sizes ( 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB )
Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Cons
- Not USB 3.0
- 64 GB size is only available for 24K gold plated model
- Requires more force for insertion into USB Slot
- Chrome Plating will eventually chip / peal off.
Notice how the contact pad on the Pico C is thicker than on the Cruzer. This makes it a little more difficult to get it in and out of the USB port. I might look into researching how thick the underside is, and seeing if its possible to sand it down.
Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Speed and Performance
Super Talent advertises this drive to have a read speed of 200x (30MB/sec) and a write speed of 100x (15MB/sec).
Flash Drive BenchMark Comparison Tests
This test will be between my old drive, 8GB SandDisk Cruzer
, and my new drive 16GB Super Talent Pico C
. Both drives were completely empty before running these benchmarks. The benchmarking program used was ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46. It will run a series of reads and writes ranging from .5 KB chunks up to 4 MB chunks for a 64 MB transfer. Results are in MB/sec with higher values being better.
8GB Sandisk Cruzer Benchmark ResultsSandisk Cruzer Results
24.3 MB/sec maximum read speed
10.9 MB/sec maximum write speed
Something to note is that until we hit 64K chunks the write speeds were terrible
Super Talent Pico C Benchmark ResultsSuper Talent Pico C Results
19.1 MB/sec maximum read speed
16.7 MB/sec maximum write speed
Note the Pico C didn't struggle to get out of the hole on smaller transfers.
Even though the older drive had overall faster reads. The Pico C had much faster writes, and also did not suffer from latency on smaller transfers under 64 KB. Thus far I am very happy with the Pico C. Granted I really wished it had USB 3.0 speeds, but most devices today don't support USB 3.0 anyway. Some people are probably wondering where I got mine? It cost me $20.48 off ebay ( with free shipping ). Of course with USB Flash
Drives only time will tell.
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