Transcend 64GB JetFlash USB Review: Small Drive, Big Capacity

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image016I recall how, at one of my first jobs (back in the late 1980s), the computer we were using for writing and desktop publishing had a whopping 500k of storage space. We dreamed of the day we could have a whole Megabyte of storage!

About 10 years later, I was dazzled to be able to send a large desktop publishing project to the printer on a 1 GB Jaz cartridge. It cost $100 a pop, was about the size of a wallet, but, wow—it held one whole Gigabyte of stuff!

How times have changed. These days, you can pop onto Amazon and get a 1 Terabyte external hard drive for under $100. And thanks to the advent of the USB Flash drive (or Thumb drive, or Stick, or one of its many other names), you can not only take home 1GB of content in your pocket. Thanks to a new high-capacity USB drive from Transcend, you can store a very impressive 64GB on a unit that’s smaller than a cigarette lighter!

Transcend has rolled out two versions of the 64GB USB; I tested the USB 2.0 JetFlash 520 ($69), the smaller of the two. And while the larger unit, the USB 3.0 JetFlash 770, reportedly offers faster speeds, I was overwhelmingly impressed with the performance of its smaller sibling.

As my home PC—an older model I use for Web and writing mostly—has a relatively small (20GB) hard drive, I welcomed the chance to test this out, utilizing it as a “second hard drive.”

It worked out brilliantly. The 2.0 is on the smaller side, even as Flash drives go, measuring at 1-1/2” long by 1/2” wide, and less than 1/4” thick. It comes with a nice package that includes a keychain loop for easy, secure transport. Its metallic casing makes it a tough little guy. And I was fine with it not having a cap, since I always lose those anyway.

The JefFlash did exactly what I needed it to. When I was dealing with a big file, I would save it onto the Transcend USB rather than my hard drive. I organized it like I would my hard drive, with My Music, My Photos and other folders. And when I saved files there, they moved over fast and efficiently. The operation was dependable. I never encountered a file that was lost or fragmented; everything moved over in perfect condition.

I can wholeheartedly endorse the Transcend JetFlash 64GB Flash drive. It offers impressive capacity and solid performance in a reliable format for a reasonable price.

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