Movies have promoted some strange products over the
years. Remember the ET collectors cups, Superman underwear and Batman fly
swatters?.... you name it, movie companies have made money slapping their logo
on the side it. And so why not a USB drive?Supertalent's 16GB USB drive is a
standard memory stick with quick data access rates of about 30MB/s, or 200X,
encased in a tough black-ruberized case. The only difference is that this USB
drive promotes Paramount Pictures 1972 film classic, The Godfather.
The aptly named "Godfather" USB memory stick measures 49 x 20 x 9mm in size.
It has one red LED to indicate data transfer activity and is USB1.1 and USB2.0
compatible. The drive works with all recent Windows 2000/XP/Vista operating
systems and can be used for Vista's
The simple rubber casing is nice, serving as a backdrop for The Godfather
movie logo on one side, and a silhouette of Marlon Brando's face on the
opposite. The rubber case has a hole for the key chain to fit through, securing a
rather loose plug for the removable end cap. If you store the end cap this way
you will quickly loose that end cap. The only other thing to mention
about this Supertalent 16GB USB drive is that it comes with 17
different low resolution posters from the movie, in a few different
Godfather-series USB drive retails for about $35USD ($40CDN) through newegg.
|Supertalent "The Godfather" 16GB
We've tested a couple different USB
flash drives at PCSTATS recently and the main spec you'll want to
watch out for is peak read and peak write speeds for the 256MB test. These are the numbers that manufacturers quote to sell their
USB thumb drives.
Not all PCs have USB2.0 ports, so actual
performance speeds can differ greatly between computer systems.
SiSoft Sandra 2009
Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again,
purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher
numbers represent better performance. The best results for each column are
|Sandra 2009 Multi-Filesize Read / Write
( higher numbers are better
|PQI Intelligent Stick
|Kingston DataTraveler Elite
|Supertalent "the Godfather"
| 17.07 MB/s
With the Supertalent Godfather-series 16GB we see peak data transfer rates of 29MB/s (read) and 12.8MB/s (write). The CD
1x rating is equivalent to 150kB/s, so this translates to a maximum read speed of
203X and write speed of 85X. The Supertalent Luxio maintained equivalent peak read speeds, but was a little
quicker on the write.
Rubberized USB Drive
There's not much
to this 16GB USB drive that needs explaining. Plug it in, copy files and folders, carry your
data with you. I do find it remarkable how quickly USB memory stick
capacities have increased. The first USB drive I owned was 16MB, and it seemed like such and upgrade from the 1.44MB floppy disks that
were still commonly used.
(Example of the poster art on the 16GB drive)
After that USB drives quickly leapfrogged from 64MB to 128MB, 512MB and then
1GB, 4GB and now 16GB and 64GB!
USB memory has gotten to the level where you could run an entire
operating system off the drive... though don't do that. USB flash memory isn't
quite the same as hard drives or solid state drives, and technically speaking
after X-number of reads and writes data can no longer be written.
It takes the average person years to write/read that much data onto a USB
In any event, with a peak data read speed of 29.87MB/s and write
speeds of 12.8MB/s, Supertalent's
Godfather-series 16GB USB drive
(model STP16GGRBK) is an inexpensive way to carry a lot of data.
It's not the fastest USB drive on the market, nor does it offer any kind of
encryption, but for day-to-day data transfer it's hard to argue with $35 for
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