Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn

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Logan King
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Aron Schatz
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April 4, 2010
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Lexar
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Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn
The JumpDrive TwistTurn has a sleek design with a competitive price. However, the overall performance is what you would expect for an entry-level drive.

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Introduction

It can be difficult for those lacking knowledge about technology to choose entry-level technology products. Without knowing about the various aspects and drawbacks of certain technologies, you could easily end up choosing a dud. With that in mind, Lexar has introduced the various versions of the JumpDrive family hoping to build goodwill in the entry-level market. Today, ASE Labs has the 4GB JumpDrive TwistTurn model on the bench in order to see if they have succeeded.

About Lexar

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A wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., Lexar Media, Inc. boasts one of the most comprehensive offerings of memory product lines in the industry. We deliver high-quality, award-winning products in every memory category: USB flash drives, all popular form factors of memory cards and card readers, DRAM computer memory for PCs and Mac systems, and solid state drives (SSD). We back our products with outstanding customer support and industry-leading warranties, and we strive to expand our offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers-customers just like you.

The Lexar brand has long been synonymous with reliable, high-performance products, which is reflected in the award-winning memory products and USB flash drives sold under the Lexar name.

http://lexar.com/about/index.html


Packaging

The packaging shows off the product through a window in the front. Particularly notable about the packaging is not the presentation, however, but is instead how the packaging is designed. Whereas most flash drives in the entry-level market are saddled with annoying clamshell blister packs, Lexar instead packages the TwistTurn using two pieces of laminated cardboard glued together over the plastic bubble (more similar to how batteries are usually packaged). Not only is the packaging much easier to open than traditional blister packaging used in similar electronics, there aren't any jagged plastic edges to cut yourself on while you are opening it.

Packaging Front


The rear of the packaging is pretty straightforward. It mentions some basic specifications as well as some general guidelines as far as OS support. It also mentions the 2-year warranty. There is no lanyard or anything included in the packaging, so what you see is pretty much what you get.

Packaging Rear


Specifications

  • USB 2.0 Compliant, USB 1.1 Compatible
  • Compatible with Mac OSX and Windows XP and up.
  • Available in 2GB-64GB capacities
  • Two-year limited warranty
  • LED Status Light
  • SKU: LJDTT4GBASBNA

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Design

Something to take into consideration when choosing a flash drive is that all three of the main flash drive designs have their own advantages and compromises. Cap designs have the best protection, but the cap itself could be lost. Swivel designs offer similar protection to cap designs, but they take up more space when they are open and in use. Sliding designs don't offer as much protection as those that use caps or swivels, but they take up less space than swivel designs and don't have a cap to misplace.

Drive Open


With that in mind, the TwistTurn actually comes off pretty well from a design standpoint. The most notable thing about it is undoubtedly the status LED. Rather than having the LED somewhere in the middle of the drive, Lexar instead integrated it into the hinge mechanism. Also, instead of using the traditional blue LED for a status light, Lexar used a more subtle dark red LED that goes well with the color scheme of the drive.

The design of the rest of the drive is also pretty nicely done. Both of the colors on the drive have an understated metallic coat, and the drive itself is pretty compact when folded up.

Drive Closed


The hinge mechanism works well as it offers good resistance and durability. The hinge only opens in a single direction, but this helps in the protection of the drive itself.

Performance

Testing the drive was done on a computer running Windows 7 Professional. The test was run using Flash Memory Toolkit. As Lexar makes no claims regarding the read/write speeds of the drives, and because the drive is targeted at entry-level users rather than outright performance, the test was done to get a general idea of the performance of the drive rather than as a means of comparison to anything else.

Performance Test


While the performance is nothing to write home about, averaging only 17.5 MB/s reads and 5.7 MB/s writes, it should still be more than enough performance for the average user. One thing to note: The test drive was plagued with bad sectors when first used, enough so that the performance tests in Flash Memory Toolkit would fail when it came time to start the write portion of the test. While it was easy enough to fix and was probably an isolated incident, regardless, it is something to take into mind.

Conclusion

Pricing for the Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn is about $16 (Newegg) for the 4GB model at press time. This price is quite good for a flash drive with a folding design. While the performance is nothing to write home about, it works for what most people would need to use it for, and the price is low enough that the performance deficit is offset.



Thanks to Lexar for making this review possible.

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