Memonex Race R310 16GB Flash Drive ReviewIndybird - September 8, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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These days, everyone who does anything on a computer has a flash drive. The fact is, until (or if) we switch over to 100% cloud storage, computer users will always need to carry some data around with them. The formula for your basic flash drive hasn’t changed much since they first became popular. Things they all have in common are USB interface, small form factor, somewhat durable casing and perhaps a loop to wear it on your keychain or neck. What they lack in innovation they make up for in increasing performance and smaller sizes. Back in 2004, my 256MB flash drive cost me $45. Now $45 will nab you around 32GB! Not to mention that 32GB will read and write files five times as fast.
Today I have the Race R310 16GB Flash Drive. This is the latest stick from Memonex, suppliers of all things memory and storage related. This USB 2.0 drive combines large storage and high performance into a small and sleek package. Let's see how it fares in the already crowded flash drive market.
The Race R310 comes in a fairly standard and dreaded small plastic clamshell package. From the front, you get a window view and basic introduction to the flash drive. Along the bottom of the box you have icons representing all of the uses for the flash drive. Around the back you have the basic specs in 11 different languages, system requirements in English, specifications in English and some sort of hazardous elements table in what I assume is Japanese.
Inside the package is the flash drive all by itself. No accessories. Taking a look at the flash drive, it is quite attractive. It has a rounded dark chrome exterior with a minimalist design. The Memonex logo and “16GB” text are subtly displayed in a very light text. From this side you can see the small loop to attach your keychain or lanyard. All of the dark chrome pieces feel and appear to be made of metal. The USB cap, unfortunately, is not attached to the stick in any way and being somewhat small, could easily be lost.
Now that we are familiar with the drive itself, let's see how it stacks up in the performance department.