OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB USB stick reviewMemory maker OCZ added two new flash drives to their lineup last month; the ATV and ATV Turbo. Both drives are designed to keep your data safe even under the most extreme conditions. The rugged ATV Turbo has a rubber waterproof housing and should be pretty fast too.
Over the past year I've already taken a look at two flash drives from OCZ, the Roadster and VBoost. Both drives had a pretty cool design but unfortunately, they were pretty slow. The specifications of the ATV Turbo indicate speed shouldn't be a problem with this new product. OCZ lists read speeds of 33-35MB/s and write speeds of 26-30MB/s. If the drive really scores that well in our performance tests it may be one of the fastest flash sticks on the market.
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I got a 4GB version but the drive should also become available in 2GB and 8GB capacities according to OCZ. Here's a look at the nice retail packaging:
And here's a first look at the OCZ ATV Turbo. The drive's housing is made out of yellow rubber with black stripes. The design of the drive looks a lot like the yellow warning tape used by construction firms.
High Speed USB 2.0 Certified Read: 33-35MB / second Write: 26-30MB / second True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X) Dual Channel Technology Available in 4GB capacities Waterproof Rubber Housing Orange LED Status Light Lifetime Warranty
The back of the drive looks similar but instead of a logo it features OCZ's web address.
As the housing of the drive is made out of rubber the OCZ ATV Turbo feels kinda special.
The drive doesn't have a capless design but features a chained cap holder. The cap holder is pretty unique but it isn't really properly attached to the rest of the drive. I think the chain or the rubber ring will easily break if you apply a bit too much force on it.
Added: October 12th 2007
Product reviewed: OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB USB stick
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck