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PQI Makes Slimmest USB 3.0 USB Drives to Date

Gordon Kelly


PQI Makes Slimmest USB 3.0 USB Drives to Date

I've had a trusty (and super tiny) 8GB Super Talent Pico USB Flash Drive for more than 18 months now, but it is looking increasingly likely that we should all be upgrading in 2010...

The big reason is USB 3.0 (also known as 'SuperSpeed') and while the aforementioned Super Talent has already unveiled the first USB 3.0 memory stick, PQI is the first to make them not look the size of board rubbers.

It has announced an expansion to its popular Cool Drive series in the shape of the 'U366' which measures just 87 x 22 x 12mm and come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. Performance does take something of a hit compared to the fatter Super Talent model (200MB/sec) with read speeds topping out at 97MB per second. That said, this outstrips many HDDs (which, especially on laptops, will likely prove the main bottleneck until we all move to SSDs) so it is hardly slow in real world terms.

PQI didn't indulge us with pricing or availability for the Cool Stick U366, but Q1 seems a nailed on bet and for those waiting to upgrade their PCs and laptops know that USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0. That said, given Intel's obsession with Light Peak we may be waiting for mainstream USB 3.0 adoption for rather longer than we'd like...


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