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Sweex Memory Pen 512MB

The second device from Sweex looks much more like any of the other USB memory keys, but once again the build quality doesn’t impress. The silver and see-through blue plastic casing feels very cheap and the cap seems to belong to a completely different device as doesn’t centre properly on the Memory Pen. Considering the very high asking price we would have expected something much better.

What we didn’t expect was how well the Memory Pen performed, so the old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover rings true once again. The Memory Pen is the second fastest device overall in the write tests and the third fastest in the read test which is very impressive.

In the box is a one metre USB 2.0 extension cable as well as a neck strap, although all of the other devices on test have some sort of detachable solution, the one Sweex supplies can’t be removed easily after you have attached it. You also get a CD which has Windows 98SE drivers on it as well as the U-Storage application. This allows you to partition the Memory Pen so you can have one secure and one public partition on it. There is also an option that sets up the Memory Pen to disguise itself as a USB Zip drive for the BIOS which means that you can use it as a boot device.

At the end of the day, the Memory Pen is way too expensive, and even though it performed very well we wouldn’t consider buying it over the faster SanDisk Cruzer Titanium, especially considering the difference in build quality.

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