Super Talent 8GB and 32GB Flash Drives

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Product(s): Super Talent 8GB Pico Mini
                  Super Talent 32GB Pico C Gold
Provided By: Super Talent
Price: Currently ~$17.99 & ~$79.99 Respecitively

Introduction:

Super Talent originally caught our attention with the DDR2 products back in 2007 and since have branched out into a lot of other memory products including SSDs, USB Flash drives and of course DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules.  Today we are looking at a couple of interesting products that provide quite a bit of storage in a very small package.  We have the super small Pico Mini 8GB Flash drive as well as the very classy Pico C 32GB Flash drive with a nice gold-plated finish.  Even though the 32GB version is gold-plated and a "Special Limited Edition", the price per Gigabyte of storage is not much more than the 8GB Pico Mini.  Keep on reading and find out which one would best suit your needs.

 

About Super Talent:

Super Talent Technology, headquartered in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the art factory and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of JEDEC, ONFI and USB-IF standards bodies, and holds over 200 patents in Flash and DRAM technology.

Our memory modules are rigorously qualified in Super Talent's compatibility labs, and are then tested and approved by top motherboard manufacturers and other industry partners. Every memory product from the production line is subject to essential hardware and software testing standards for consistency and functionality. Our intensive quality control and testing procedures are designed to ensure the highest possible product quality. Super Talent's extensive statistical analysis of manufacturing data helps drive constant improvement in operations.

 

 

The Pico Mini:

The Pico Mini is the smallest USB Flash drive that I've ever handled, and it comes in several colors that also show the capacity of the deice.  They come in 2GB (Pink), 4GB (Green), 8GB (Blue) and 16GB (Black).  It appears that there is no way around it, if you want to punk up your key-chain with pink and black Pico Mini's, you'll have to grab a 2GB and a 16GB version.

 Pico Mini - Package
Pico Mini - Package

 

The Pico Mini is a very inexpensive flash drive and comes in a very simple "blister-on-cardboard" package.  They didn't waste a bunch of money on the packaging, and for the price - I don't blame them.  What is amazing about the Pico Mini is its size.  It is only about twice as long as the USB connector itself.  It measures 32mm x 15mm x 3mm and weighs in at less than 1.5 grams.  It is that mini.

Pico Mini - Close
Pico Mini - Close
 Pico Mini Scale
Pico Mini Scale

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the Pico C 32Gb and compare specs between the two.


The Pico C Gold:

The Pico C comes in two flavors - Nickel plated or Gold Plated and both retail for the same money.  They also come in capacities ranging from 2GB to 32GB.  With this Special Limited Edition of 24k gold plating, the Pico C comes in a much nicer package than the Pico Mini.

  Pico Gold - Open Package
Pico Gold - Open Package

 

The presentation of the package is much more refined although it still feels a little cheap.  If Super Talent were to put this flash drive is a wooden box with a sliding lid, they could easily get $100 for it at any gift shop.  This little drive is a thing of beauty though once you realize that you can hold an entire HD-DVD or Blu-Ray movie on this little unit.

 Pico Gold - Bundle
Pico Gold - Bundle
 Pico Gold - Close
Pico Gold - Close

 

Although the drive is pretty classy, Super Talent could have raised the bar if they had engraved or stamped their name and the drive capacity instead of just screen printing it.  You can't have everything, but that little touch would have taken it over the top in my opinion.  As it is, the screen printed top makes it looks a little cheap.  The back of the drive however, does not look cheap at all.  It has an amazing finish.

 Pico Gold - Shiny
Pico Gold - Shiny
Pico Gold - Scale
Pico Gold - Scale

 

Specifications:

Both drive share identical specifications according to Super Talent - except the capacities and weight.

  • Weight less than 2g (Pico Mini)
  • Weight less than 6g (Pico C Gold)
  • Up to 30MB/s (200X) data transfer rate
  • Fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
  • Water resistant
  • Powered by USB bus - no external power is required
  • Durable solid-state storage - 10 years data retention
  • Hot Plug & Play – enable you to install and uninstall Pico anytime
  • Supports ReadyBoost™

 

Security:

Because flash drives these days have large enough capacities to store a lot of data, keeping your data secure is a good idea.  The Pico Mini comes with SecureLock - a basic, yet effective solution to keep your data away from prying eyes.

 SecureLock

 

On the last page, we'll take a quick look at the performance of these drives and see how they stack up.

 

Performance Testing:

We kept things pretty basic for the testing portion of this review.  We ran ATTO, Crystal DiskMark and IOMeter on these drives to see how they compare.  They should be pretty close because they have the same listed specifications.  The results are below, so see for yourself.

 ATTO - Read
ATTO - Read
ATTO - Write
ATTO - Write
   
 ATTO - 8GB
ATTO - 8GB
 ATTO - 32GB
ATTO - 32GB

 

According to the ATTO read test, the 8GB Pico Mini edges out the 32GB Gold-Plated Pico C drive in all of the data sizes.  The write tests favor the 32GB drive once we start writing files larger than 16KB however.  Either way, both drives manage to read faster than 30MB/sec and the 32GB drive manages to write over 20MB/sec.


Crystal DiskMark shows that the 32GB drive is faster reading large files, but the Pico Mini takes a slight lead on smaller files.   In this test, the Pico C 32GB drive actually takes the cake in all of the write tests.

 Crystal - Read
Crystal - Read
 Crystal - Write
Crystal - Write
   
 Crystal - 8GB
Crystal - 8GB
Crystal - 32GB
Crystal - 32GB

 

IOMeter is pretty much split down the middle and it's pretty hard to declare an overall winner.

IOMeter

 

Final Thoughts:

Super Talent is certainly not new to Flash USB drives and the Pico Mini and Pico C Gold are prime examples of what you can do when you refine your products.  The Pico Mini is very, very small and yet offers capacities up to 16GB.  With a retail price of ~$18USD for an 8GB drive, this is one of the most affordable small drives around.  The Pico C Gold takes everything up a level - size, looks, and capacity, but it does so without raising the price/GB of storage very much at all.  The Pico Mini costs  $2.25 / GB and the 32GB gold-plated Pico C will set you back $2.50 / GB.  For better looks, four times the capacity and virtually the same performance, I highly recommend the Pico C Gold.  The only thing that would make this drive better is engraved, stamped or etched branding and capacity information.

Pros:

  • One piece drives with no caps to lose
  • Both are very small 
  • Excellent read and write speeds overall
  • Waterproof and durable
  • Both offer great value

 

Cons:

  • Gold drive scratches up and loses sleekness

  BCCRating

 Top Pick - Gold!

Just like the Pico C Gold, both of these drives score high in the value and performance department and earn our top award.  I'd like to thank Super Talent for sending these drives over for us to take a look at.  If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the forums at the "Comments" link below.