Re-installments of old things can go either way. We know from countless movie sequels that what was once an original idea can get old and predictable (Paranormal Activity, anyone?). Fortunately for SuperTalent, its reissue of the renowned USB 2.0 Pico flash drive isn’t heading down that road. The company recently introduced the updated version of their popular flash drive in USB 3.0. Just like its predecessor, the SuperTalent Pico Drive USB 3.0 is still as tiny as can be despite the surprising ability to accommodate high storage capacities.
SuperTalent’s new USB 3.0 addition to its Pico Drive line is faithful to the miniature size its name conjures. (It’s the size of a quarter and a half). The flash drive measures 4.6 x 12.3 x 33 m, making for an easily pocketable, stashable device. The USB drive even has a space in its design that would allow it to be easily attached to a key ring or a keychain. The drive’s quality is also evident in the construction of its casing. Components are housed within a sleek metal casing that also happens to be water resistant (occasional splashes are welcome but a quick dip in the pool is likely not recommended). The casing can also withstand some shock from accidental drops and whatnot. According to Super Talent’s data sheet for the drive, the USB 3.0 Pico Drive has an operating shock rating of 1500G and an operating vibration of 16G. That’s more than you could claim for a lot of standard sized USB flash drives out in the market.
The USB 3.0 Pico Drive comes in three storage capacities: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. The ample storage available even in the smallest capacity offered is ideal for the storage of a wide variety of data, ranging from documents to music and movie downloads. Furthermore, each version of the drive is capable of sequential reading and writing speeds of 72 MB/s and 28 MB/s, respectively, so you know can tell that USB 3.0 specifications are fully at work here. Being USB 3.0 doesn’t, of course, mean that it will only work on USB 3.0 ports. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0; just don’t expect it to reach the same reading and writing speeds it can achieve on a USB 3.0 port.
As of now, there are no price listings for the SuperTalent Pico USB 3.0 Drive. Details should pop up once the drive nears its debut date.