In a write test of 532MB mixed files consisting of images and text the drive took 87 seconds to complete, giving a data transfer rate of 6.1MB/s. Moving to a single file of 701MB the transfer rate went up to 8.8MB/s – not quite as fast as the 9.6MB/s we achieved from the Iomega.
Copying data from the Memorex to the hard disk we achieved 5.9MB/s for the mixed files and an impressive 9.1MB/s for a single file. The former is lower than what we obtained from the Iomega but the latter is better, with the Iomega only giving us 7.9MB/s.
Ultimately, raw performance is not what these drives are about, it’s convenience. Performance with the Iomega and the Memorex were about even, but the Memorex wins on the size and weight front. It doesn’t offer any back-up software, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on whether you need it or not. The problem though is that it hasn’t saved Maxell any money, or at least none that it’s passed onto the consumer as its drive is considerably more than Iomega’s. The cheapest I could find the Memorex for was £137, while the Iomega, offering the same capacity is now £100.
Of course compared to a notebook drive housed in an enclosure these portable drives are very poor value in terms of capacity. But compared to the cheapest 2GB flash drive they’re very good value, with four times the capacity for only twice the price. On that basis they’re certainly worth considering if 2GB in your pocket just isn’t enough.
However, while the Memorex takes the crown for the smallest 8GB drive, I’d still go for the Iomega, unless you really feel that extra few millimetres is worth an extra £37.
The Memorex takes the crown as the smallest 8GB drive out there. However, it’s more expensive than the Iomega Micro Mini Hard Drive so unless size really, really matters to you, it’s the Iomega that I’d go for.