- Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.7 x 0.6 cm ; 5 g
- Shipping Weight: 23 g
- Item model number: SP016GBUF2850V1T
- ASIN: B0055D0ZN4
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 14 2011
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,958 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Silicon Power Touch 850 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SP016GBUF2850V1T (Titanium)
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- Crystal-like cut surfaces and light reflection aura
- Waterproof, dustproof, shock and vibration proof
- Utilize COB (Chip On Board) packaging technology
- Interface: USB2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)
- Supported operating systemsWindows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS 9.0 and higher, Linux2.4.0
Touch 850 Crystal Disk and by name, no doubt it has the crystal look accompanied by a shinny metallic casing, making it a head-turning fashion accessory as well. Not just attractive, Silicon Power's Touch 850 is no slouch either when it comes to construction, using second to none quality components. It is the USB flash drive to get and the fashion accessory to have.Touch 850's casing is constructed with zinc alloy, providing ruggedness and polished elegant looks. Coated with crystal-like cut surface, it reflects light from every angle to give off an amazing aura. Touch 850 comes with a dongle accessory and its lidless design can effective protect its USB gold fingers and prevent users from losing their USB lid. It provides the complete user data protection.Utilizing COB (Chip On Board) packaging technology, Silicon Power's Touch 850 is waterproof and dustproof. By breaking through existing COB stacking technology, its maximum capacity can reach up to 32GB. In addition, it incorporates Wear Leveling technology that can enhance transfer speed, data reliability and lifespan. Silicon Power's Touch 850 is available in amber and titanium colors.
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I have two PNY Micro Swivel Attaché 4 GB USB 2.0 flash drives, one of which is fairly average as far as write speeds, but tends to be peppier (18-20 mb/sec) in read speed. The other gets sad write speeds and less than average read speeds. But what I really liked about those was the sturdiness of construction, and the tiny form factor. I wore them on my ID, without extra weight, and no one knew I had one until I used it. They were metal, withstood abuse like few other drives (up to and including the spin cycle on the washer), and are my daily workhorses.
This drive, the Silicon Power Touch 810, I purchased because of it's capacity, physical size, lack of a cap to get lost or get in the way, and the appearance. I lean towards the smallest drives I can find that are still functional as far as handling.
At 1 and 1/8" long by just over 1/2" wide by 3/16" thick, it's not as tiny as the PNY Micro Swivel. It is however extremely light, being mostly plastic, and comes with a permanently attached double strand of thin ball-chain as a lanyard. One con there: How do you attach it to anything... it's a closed loop. The business end extends from the plastic body by pushing up on a grooved button on the bottom face. I don't know that I would subject it to the punishment that I've dealt out to the metal PNY drives. It's so... plastic.
What I was surprised by though was the speed. The read speeds on this hovered around 28 MB/s, and the write speeds, around 18MB, but varied. Even then, it consistently blows the doors off the other drives I have such as the PNY swivels, a Sony Micro Vault Click 8 GB USB 2.0, and the Kingston Digital 8 GB USB 2.0 Datatraveler, 2nd Gen.. It is also more expensive than any of those drives.
It's not going to appeal to guys I suppose, what with the Swarovski crystal set in the end, but perhaps they won't notice?
You can download the SPWidget tools from the manufacturer's Web site, but I generally don't have use for those. I did try them this time around. It's supposed to contain an encryption and backup tool, but the installation didn't recognize that I had a Silicon-Power Touch drive installed, even though that's what Windows was reporting it as.
If that's important to you, it might be a deal killer. I tend to wipe whatever comes on USB flash drives and install Portable Apps, so I didn't mind.
As far as price goes, you may want to wait for it to come down a bit. It's not the cheapest USB thumb drive I've purchased, or perhaps the sturdiest, but it is the fastest so far.
EDIT: The price is now 1/3 of what I paid when I reviewed this drive. Hopefully, the quality of the memory is still the same, but it's a good buy at this price, if you don't care about trying to go for USB 3.0 speeds.
I really didn't expect much performance out of this lil fella but it also blew me away yet again! I ran some benchmarks using crystaldiskmark and I was left speechless.
Silicon Power 16GB
Dane-Elec 512MB (Really really old, just for kicks)
As you can see by the results its write speed is almost 3 times faster than my transcend! It also comes with their own software called SP-widget(which you have to download from their site). It includes certain things like pc-lock and data encryption among others.
All in all I consider this a pretty good drive for the price, which is also fairly reasonable.
If hung from your key chain, the chrome will start flaking off within a week, and the drive will look absolutely AWFUL, and slightly dangerous with chrome flakes sticking out.
The first one I had worked for a couple weeks, then EVERYTHING on my drive disappeared, and anything else I wrote to it instantly disappeared. With only modest hassle, the company replaced it.
The second one worked for several months, but I did very, very little writing to it after initially filling it up... Recently, when I tried reformatting it and dumping some videos on it, it committed sepuku as well, and now gives me I/O errors on sector 0 and is completely unreadable
The (plastic) bar that held it on my key chain broke with just light usage over a couple months. I was extremely fortunate that I didn't lose it when it fell off, but it's very nearly useless to me without a loop.
Get anything else... Something that is actually metal would be an infinite improvement over this trash. I can recommend this one: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (DTSE9H/32GBZET)
After using it for A WEEK I noticed one day that the whole thing was gone off of my keyring. I was SO sad and figured it may have randomly fallen off when taking it out of my jean pocket, so I ordered another one.
A WEEK after owning the second red one I was having lunch and it just feel off of the chain! Apparently the chain can get torn pretty easily, and with this second one the little ring that holds the jeweled top to the chain pulled apart slightly and allowed the usb portion to just fall off. I squeezed the ring back together but then noticed two days later that the ring was bent again and I lost the USB drive once more.
Now I'm left with a blue one that I can't take anywhere with me since it could become lost. I've owned several keyring usb drives in my school years, and this is the ONLY brand that has ever fallen off... EVER. It's disappointing because the read speeds ARE quicker than average, but what good is that if the chain breaks easy and the ring that holds it to the chain bends apart easy? Losing school related data is a serious bummer, and one that simply can't be tolerated in a USB drive.