Lexar JumpDrive 2.0 Pro

Product: Lexar Media JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 80X - 512MB
Price: ~ $70.00CDN Pricegrabber.ca

Introduction:

Flash Storage has dropped in price faster than Canadian Beef since the BSE scare.  If you don't currently have any flash storage or want to get a bigger size, now's the time my friend.  Today we are looking at Lexar's JumpDrive 2.0 Pro series.  This series now uses 80X rated flash media, and should be a vast improvement over earlier flash drives.

Product Look & Info:

The Lexar JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 80X ships in a plastic package that requires a sharp knife and some patience to get open.  The first thing I noticed is that this drive is not as small as some of the other flash drives on the market.  The drive is almost 2/3 of the length of a stick of PC100 RAM, and is not real skinny.  The USB end is capped and has a little pocket clip that is really too flimsy to do much good.  The other end has a sturdy hole that is ideal for slipping onto your keychain.  I misplace my keys at least once a week, so I won't be putting this on my keychain for sure.

Other drives try to be sleek and lean, but the Lexar JumpDrive Pro 2.0 80X gears more towards the key chain approach.  As you can see in the pic on the right, the back of the drive has a place to write your name in case you lose it and honest people find it.  Perhaps it could be useful if there are several people in your workplace with the same unit.

The Package

The Drive - Beside PC100
(all thumbs clickable)

The Drive - Back

In the middle picture above, you can just see a slot above the second "C" in the BCC watermark.  Recessed in this slot is a write protect switch.  With this switch engaged you can read from the drive, but not write to it.  This is extremely handy for working on computers that are infected with virus' as you can place all your virus removal tools on the JumpDrive and not worry about it becoming infected.

The Lexar JumpDrive Pro doesn't come with a manual or drivers.  Flash media is pretty self-explanatory.  Stick it in a Windows ME/2000/XP or Linux kernel 2.4 or newer machine and it will work.  No problem.  If you need to use this on a Windows 98 machine, you'll have to drop over and grab the drivers from the manufacturers website.

Specs and Features:

Before we jump into some testing, let's take a look at how this drive is rated from Lexar themselves.

  • Capable of 14 MB/s sustained read speed in USB 2.0 system
  • Capable of 12 MB/s sustained write speed in USB 2.0 system
  • Compatible with the USB 2.0 specification
  • Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
  • Mac OS X, Mac OS 8.6 or above
  • One available USB port
  • 77.4mm x 26.8mm x 11.0mm

Lexar doesn't list Linux support for this drive.  I tried it on a Fedora Core 3 system using the latest kernel available and it works just fine.  The flash media used in this drive is rated at 80X.  I had to do a bit of research to find out how fast 1X was before I could appreciate the claim of 80X.  When it comes to flash media, 1X = 176kB/sec or some manufacters rate 1X at 150kB/sec.  So then 80X is equal to 12,000 - 14,080kB/sec or 11.7 - 13.75MB/sec.  The flash memory Lexar uses in this device is going to be the bottleneck - not the interface for sure.

Benchmarks:

To test out the speed of the JumpDrive Pro 2.0 I ran a couple of synthetic benchmarks then did a timed file transfer rate test.  The first two of these benchmarks are HDTach 3.0.1.0 and SiSoft Sandra 2005.  Both of these benchmarks indicate performance slightly slower than the rated speed of this drive, although it still performs far better than the PNY Tecch Attaché drive we reviewed last year.

HDTach Benchmark

SiSoft 2005 Removable Storage Benchmark

Lexar rates this drive to perform sustained reads at 14MB/sec and write at 12MB/sec.  These tests above show the values to more around the 10-11MB/sec rate.  This isn't the fastest drive around, but it's no slouch either.

 

The last test we'll run is a real world test.  We transfered 92 files in 2 folders, totalling 108MB from the hard drive to the flash drive.  We then transfered them back to a different partition.  This was done several times to ensure accuracy.  We chose a total test size of less than 128MB so that we could compare the results with a Sandisk 128MB SD Flash card in a USB2.0 Card Reader/Writer.

Flash Memory Performance Chart

While it seems that the SD Card can read 108MB of test data quite quickly, it takes a while to write to this card.  The JumpDrive Pro 2.0 80X outperforms the SD card by a good 40% when it comes to reading, and a whopping 1100% when it comes to writing!!!  I reran this test several times to ensure accuracy of the results - they are accurate.  Real world testing shows speeds slightly slower than synthetic tests.  The JumpDrive actually reads at about 9MB/sec, and writes at just under 6.4MB/sec.  These are quite a bit off from the synthetic scores, and shows that "real world" testings is vital to determine true performance.

Conclusion:

The Lexar JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 80X has come a long way from the early days of flash storage.  Although it may not be the fastest drive on the planet, it can write 108MB of data in a mere 20 seconds, and read it back in 12 seconds.  With storage size available from 256MB all the way up to 2GB, there is sure to be a size for every situation.  For less than $70CDN, you really can't go wrong.

Pros:

  • Fast Storage.
  • Write protect switch.

Cons:

  • Flimsy cap & clip.

Here is how it breaks down with the full BCC Rating:

 

BensCustomCases.com Rating
Quality:
8/10
Performance:
8/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
10/10
Features:
8/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 8.4

 

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