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Mushkin Ventura Pro 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Indybird    -   November 15, 2011
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Conclusion:

The Mushkin Ventura Pro proved to be a very capable USB 3.0 flash drive. The USB 3.0 read speeds were the fastest we've seen in several of the benchmarks, while the write speeds remained competitive to the other tested high-end USB 3.0 drive. The fast transfer speeds compliment the 32 GB capacity perfectly, though it wouldn't take long to fill the drive up if you were so inclined. Physically, the drive has a very simple, yet attractive design. The surface of the drive is protected by a satin-black, smooth-aluminum casing which, in addition to looking sleek, is designed to provide shock resistance. Another welcomed feature, though not necessarily rare, is the inclusion of a lanyard loop which allows you to put the drive on a keychain or, dare I say, a lanyard.

That said, the drive isn’t all perfect. My main complaint is one area that matter most; backwards compatibility. Chances are, this drive will find itself plugged into many USB 2.0 ports and unfortunately, the performance is just not there. In addition, I found the drive getting nearly too hot to touch during periods of extended reads and writes. I would have to assume, however, that the aluminum design is preventing the drive from getting even hotter. The largest weakness is the less-than-desired separate cap piece, which is very prone to getting lost. Mushkin attempted to make up for this by allowing you to mount it onto the back of the drive while it is in use, though this cannot be done in conjunction with the use of a lanyard. In that regard, Mushkin unfortunately does not include a lanyard in the package either. However, I would consider this more of a minor oversight than a glaring issue.

Overall, the use and testing of the Mushkin Ventura Pro 32 GB USB 3.0 flash drive was favorable. In regular use, I find myself commonly transferring larger files, which is where this drive excels. My biggest personal annoyance was the cap and lanyard situation, though it should not be a deal breaker. The design, if nothing else, looks and feels good. On top of that, it provides shock resistance and perhaps even temperature dispersion. Ultimately, the Mushkin Ventura Pro proved to be a very well-rounded and high-performance 32 GB flash drive. For around $65, I have no trouble recommending it to anyone.

 

Pros:

  • Very fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds
  • Sleek matte-black appearance
  • Aluminum shock-resistant housing
  • Activity light
  • Lanyard loop

 

Cons:

  • Mediocre USB 2.0 transfer speeds
  • Separate cap piece
  • Cannot mount cap and lanyard at the same time
  • Gets hot after sustained used
  • No lanyard included
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