So, now that we've got the design, build and specifications out of the way, how does the little Data Stick compare to the Pen Drive? Well since Adtec doesn't market the Data Stick as a high-speed device, I wasn't expecting it to hold its own against the Jadetec scores - how wrong I was.
I ran the same file transfer tests on the Data Stick as I did on the Pen Drive. Writing the 100MB Excel file to the Adtec device turned in a time of 17 seconds, which was identical to the Pen Drive. But when I wrote 105MB of mp3 files to the Data Stick it managed a time of 21 seconds which is five seconds faster than the Pen Drive. Since the Adtec Data Stick has a capacity of 256MB I also wrote both sets of files to it and it took 37 seconds to write the whole 205MB of mixed files.
Write performance was also impressive. Reading the 105MB of mp3 files from the Data Stick took 13 seconds, which was one second slower than the Pen Drive. But reading the 100MB Excel file back from the Adtec device took an amazing seven seconds, which was four seconds faster than the Jadetec. Reading back the full 205MB from the Data Stick took 27 seconds.
Not only can the Adtec Data Stick hold its own against the Jadetec Pen Drive, it can actually beat it some cases.
Of course good performance usually carries with it a high price tag, and although I was impressed with the performance of the Jadetec Pen Drive last week I had to mark it down due to its very high price. However, the Adtec Data Stick couples its superb performance with a great price. At just under £46 including VAT, the Data Stick is cheaper than the Pen Drive by a significant margin. But, it's also worth remembering that the Pen Drive only had a capacity of 128MB, whereas the Data Stick can store twice that at 256MB.
For most users 256MB should be more than enough for transferring data from one location to another and to be honest if you want more than this you'll be paying through the nose. Of course the MSI Mega Cache 15 that we looked at earlier in the week offers massive capacity at a great price, but it's also a lot larger than the Data Stick, and if you don't need 1.5GB in your pocket you might as well go for something smaller and lighter.
So, the Data Stick is cheaper than the Jadetec Pen Drive, faster than it in most cases and has twice the storage capacity. Add to this the fact that the Data Stick looks stunning and feels more solid than any other USB memory key that I've used, and I can't help but recommend it as the best USB memory key I've seen so far.
Adtec has done a great job with the Data Stick - it's stylish, fast, small and great value. If you're looking for some pocket size storage capacity, look no further.