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Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Review and Benchmarks

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.


Super Talent Pico C vs Sandisk Cruzer port view
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

Super Talent Pico C vs Sandisk Cruzer

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 Results


sandisk cruzer benchmarks
Sandisk 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 Results


Super Talent Pico C Benchmarks
Super 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.

Summary

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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