ATP EarthDrive ReviewPropane - August 18, 2008
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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More and more people these days are realizing that we are doing some pretty bad damage to our environment - whether it's the cars we drive, the electricity and water we use, or the emissions we release into the atmosphere. The good thing, however, is that we are realizing it, and so are major technology corporations. Intel and AMD are both producing low power CPU alternatives, motherboard manufacturers are looking to adhere to ACPI standards, and many others are taking steps toward becoming more "green."
One of these companies is ATP. They have come up with the EarthDrive, which uses a compound called PLA - Polylactic acid - which is biodegradable, and comes from fermented corn (so does beer), instead of traditional materials. The version of the EarthDrive that I will look at today is 2GB in size, and uses the "slide" method of protecting the USB connector. Hopefully in ATP's quest to go green, they kept high standards for the quality of their product, because that's exactly what we're going to find out!
The ATP EarthDrive comes in a small plastic container, with information about the drive, the company, and their goals with the EarthDrive printed on the front and back. The packaging is easy to open, which is a nice change from similar packaging other devices might come in.
The top part of the drive lists the capacity and is white in color. There's also a slider along the top which, when pushed, reveals the USB connector and gives you access to the drive.
The back of the drive is all black in color, and has green ink on it, showing the company's name, the drive's name, and the EarthDrive logo.
Finally, the EarthDrive comes with a single accessory: a small clip and loop which appears to allow the drive to be put on a keychain. The string used in the loop part felt somewhat flimsy to me, however.
Let's take a look at the specs and features of the EarthDrive.