OCZ Throttle 16GB eSATA Flash Drive
|OCZ Throttle 16GB eSATA Flash Drive|
|Performance and Final Thoughts|
Today we have a new player in the market, well, not the company but the product - an eSATA flash drive from OCZ. They have been making pretty good flash drives for a while now, however we will see just how much this technology is better than USB and is it worth it?
- eSATA interface (plug directly into any compatible motherboard or laptop with powered eSATA port)
- Additional mini USB 2.0 port (type B)
- Dimensions: (L)79.1mm x (W)29.9mm x (H)10.3mm
- Read: Up to 90MB/sec*
- Write: Up to 30MB/sec*
- True Plug and Play
- Available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB capacities
- Includes mini USB cable for non-powered eSATA ports or USB access
- 2-year Warranty
The Throttle comes in 8, 16 and 32 GB modules, we have the 16 GB version here. This technology is on the cutting edge, it uses powered eSATA ports which are not that common, luckily the drive can be powered by an included USB cable, which saved my but because I don't have powered eSATA. Apparently, most laptops that come with eSATA have powered ports, so this might have a better fit with a mobile computer than with your desktop unit.
The market is definitely lowered significantly for now because of this technology, and even though it has the USB it does limit the portability factor. People buy flash drives because it is easy and quick to use. Once you plug it in, it's ready to use.
I don't like the lack of a clip or a hole on the drive, so a chain would be useless. The chain is a big feature for me since I love to hang the drive around my neck or on my key chain, the lack of this disappoints me.