Super Talent Pico-D 8gb USB Drive


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A couple days ago I took a look at the Super Talent Pico-C USB Drive, today of review I’ve got the Pico-D 8gb USB Drive for review. It’s a small sized USB drive, though not as small as the Pico-C , but it’s close. The Pico-D is a swivel style drive, the outer casing is metal and the actual USB drive is plastic and it swivels out from the metal and just like the Pico-C, the Pico-D is water resistant as well as rugged and durable.

How does it stack up against the Pico-C and other drives? Read on to find out…

The Super Talent Pico-D comes in and easy open plastic clamshell style package, there’s not much information listed, just the basic on the back.

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The only thing that comes with the Pico-D is a ball style keychain so you can attach it to your keys or wherever you wish.

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The Super Talent logo is holographic so it shimmers in the light in rainbow colors, the logo with the black background make a nice contrast. As mentioned the Pico-D is a swivel drive, the USB connection and the memory are all one sealed piece that swivels out from the chromed metal housing.

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The drive is large than the Pico-C, but only because of the housing, if you removed it from the housing it should be the same exact size, it’s still a very small USB drive that can easily be taken with you anywhere you want to.

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Specifications:

Super Talent Pico-D 8gb USB Drive

Pico Series USB drives are incredibly small and stylish flash drives offering up to 8GB data storage. Pico drives feature up to 30 MB/s transfer speeds.  Measuring merely 1.50"x0.50", not only are Pico drives ideal for transporting data, digital images, and presentations, they are also the perfect accessory to adorn keychains, mobile phones, or wearing as a necklace.     

Pico      
Capacities: 1GB – 8GB 
Technical Details:    

-Weight less than 6g
-Up to 30MB/s (200X) data transfer rate
-Fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
-Water resistant
-Powered by USB bus – no external power is required
-Durable solid-state storage – 10 years data retention
-Hot Plug & Play – enable you to install and uninstall Pico anytime
-PICO-D: Swivel



So this week I’ve looked at three USB drive already, two from Corsair and another from Super Talent, so the same testing applies to the Pico-D, using SiSoft Sandra 2009 Removable Storage Benchmark. Let’s check the results of my testing and see how the Pico-D compares to other USB drives out there.

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The Pico-D is, according to this test, fairly slow compared to the others, but that’s relative really, none of them are really slow, these are just comparative numbers from the overall testing results.

If we take a closer look at the transfer rates for the Pico-D compared to the others we see a different story though:

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Looking at these results we can see the Pico-D has read Performance equal to most drives out there today, but it’s the write performance that brings the overall score down.

Seriously though when using the Pico-D or the others I reviewed this week, you can’t feel any difference in the transfer times.

The Pico-D is very well made just like it’s little brother the Pico-C and should withstand any use you can come up with for it, and of course that includes harsh conditions as well as it is water resistant. The metal covering should protect the drive very well also from any physical damage. It is a swivel style drive, but it shouldn’t open by itself, it’s not loose at all so you won’t have to worry about it opening in your pocket or bag.

One thing I did find odd or a possible flaw with the Pico-D is that you can insert it into a USB port wrong, since it’s flat it will fit either way into the port. It won’t damage the drive or the port, it just won’t work obviously when it’s inserted wrong. The Corsair Flash Voyager Minis I just reviewed are like that as well, and a friend of mine was over and found that out for himself when he stuck it in upside and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.. so it’s not a problem really, just something to pay attention to.

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Conclusion:
The Super Talent Pico-D 8gb USB drive is an excellent product that I think anyone would be happy with.

You’ve got many choices out there today when it comes to USB drives and of course you’ll pick the one that you think is right for you, but give the Pico-D from Super Talent a look, it’s got some great features and I think you’ll like it.

Pros:
Durable
Water resistant
Portable

Cons:
Can insert into USB port upside down if not careful
 

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-10-10
Performance score-9-10
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  • Alain Dekker

    I’ve bought the Pico-C and while its very James Bond-esque, the write speed is terrible. The test given above with 256MB files is not a fair test because it does not test latency (time between files). Transferring hundreds of very small files (< 100 kB) I am achieving less then 0.1 MB/Sec transfer rates. Aweful. I would NOT recommend this product unless you only transfer large files (eg. images) or you just want a cool gimmicky pen drive.

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  • http://quizasteinterese.blogspot.com/ gatopeich

    About Super Talent 200X Pico-C.

    In my one year experience with these drives I have noticed that they behave quite different. This is probably related to the batch, as I bought them in pairs and the differences show between different pairs.

    I use 10MB files for tests, forcing complete transfers each time, and so far I got:

    * Two 4GB Pico-Cs with an effective transfer rate of 9 MBytes/sec. They used to get very hot, and stopped working after 3 months of intensive usage.
    * Two 8GB Pico-Cs that did 13 MB/sec. Also hot ’til it burn out in a few months.
    * One 16GB at a really nice 15 MB/sec. Not so hot, and still alive after 3 intensive months.
    * Two ‘new’ 16GB doing a relatively poor 5 MB/sec.

    The last batch is disappointingly slow. They also have a different look and packaging: while the old ones exhibit straight rectangular USB contacts, the new ones have them rounded and thicker, similar to what’s shown on this page but without the two tiny extra contacts.

    While looking forward to get more like the 16GB at 15 MB/s; I will also try some of the more expensive with ‘guaranteed’ min writing speed because this is the bottleneck in my system.

  • templeth

    I recieved my pico c 5 minutes ago. It is now unrecognisable in win 7. Without exageration I have written a single text file (If found please ring…). And it did not get a chance to save because it unmounted. Ridiculous says it all. I suppose there is no quality control with super talent.

    Definitely not recommend this product to anyone. What a waste of time.

  • Zanekip07

    I can not formating my flash disk Super Talent USB2.0 from8GB

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