Tom's Hardware's 2011 Gift Guide: Part 2, Last-Minute Extras

Flash Drive: Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RC8 50 GB

$195
www.supertalent.com

Don’t be too quick to judge an SSD by its cover. Super Talent’s RC8 may look, feel, and smell like any other USB flash drive, but it’s actually a bona fide solid-state drive with the throughput specs to prove it: reads up to 270 MB/s and writes up to 240 MB/s. The device uses an eight-channel memory architecture and a DRAM caching system that, as Super Talent describes it, “excels in USB 3.0 by elevating small block performance while improving large block reads and writes.”

In other words, the RC8 uses the architecture of an SSD right down to its MLC blocks, but Super Talent packages the device in a flash drive form factor and uses a USB 3.0 bus rather than SATA. You still get integrated ECC and global wear leveling. Super Talent specifies an operating shock of 1500 Gs and warranties the drive for five years. Data integrity is rated at 10 years.

Now the obvious question: why? Who needs to shell out nearly $200 for only 50 GB of external storage? Not many people, probably. And that’s why we would argue that external storage is not the RC8’s key application.

If you’ve used flash drives for long enough, you know that a few models come pre-installed with self-contained, automatically executing operating systems, such as SanDisk’s old U3 and the more current and robust Ceedo Personal. Simply install apps under the mobile OS on the flash drive, pile in your data, and you’ve got a boot drive in your pocket. In the days of USB 2.0, such systems were horrifically slow for running modern apps. But with USB 3.0, and particularly with a device that is effectively an SSD, suddenly this sort of mobile usage becomes blissfully feasible and practical. Especially for those with spotty connectivity or an inherent distrust of cloud computing, an RC8 with Ceedo may be exactly what’s needed in order to be independent from any particular PC.

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  • manu 11
    i am loving these articles!
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  • JonnyDough
    richboyliangomg more of those same hot girls!!!as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.


    You must be in your teens. Not all readers here are kids you know...
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  • JonnyDough
    For future reference, we adults call them "women", not girls. ;)
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  • Other Comments
  • manu 11
    i am loving these articles!
    20
  • joytech22
    The ZBox is the most promising item to me.
    Why? Because I can mount it on the back of the TV in the lounge for the family and stream my media files to it from my home server.

    I can then throw in an external BD drive and boom, fully capable home entertainment system, which is even capable of light gaming.

    Of course.. I'd reserve my gaming for my gaming rig! ;) The Zbox would be for more family oriented games in the lounge.
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  • richboyliang
    omg more of those same hot girls!!!

    as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.

    blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.
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  • richboyliang
    the suggestive poses combined with the suspicious "xXx" on the Thecus network storage box....
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  • Judguh
    You can't tell me there's more.... reasonably priced items for the holidays here. :| ... unless you're getting a share of that dough for these ladies :P
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  • a4mula
    Why recommend the u2410 when the u2412M can be had for half the price and has the same exact specs along with LED backlighting. The only loss is going from 100% sRGB to 98% sRGB and that's only important to a tiny fraction of users. The other advantage of the u2412M is that it doesn't suffer from pink tint that has plagued the u2410.
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    This was an article about electronics? I must have missed something. That's what I get for skipping all the words. Haha
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  • kartu
    Shameless sexism, eh?
    But I enjoy it too...
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  • JonnyDough
    richboyliangomg more of those same hot girls!!!as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.


    You must be in your teens. Not all readers here are kids you know...
    16
  • JonnyDough
    For future reference, we adults call them "women", not girls. ;)
    10
  • SevWarfare
    Didn't read a friggin' word.
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  • mcd023
    man I really want that Dell monitor. 110% color gamut!!! (ok, really only 100% due to the signal, but hey, it can do it!).
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  • Teeroy32
    What was this article about, I was only interested in the pictures, what the red heads too old, that poster must be 15 years old, all three of these lovely women are gorgeous, they should be in the "Girls of Geek" calender along with Nixie Pixel
    1
  • ChromeTusk
    Regarding the RC8, my only complaint is how easy it is to lose flash drives.
    Falcon's Icon2 reminds me of Silverstone's Raven series with much need improvements.
    The N5200XXX sound like a great addition (and I like the model's poses too :P)
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  • rubix_1011
    The elves just don't stack up to the original Tom's Holiday elf...what's her name...Sarah? She was far and away the best.
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  • Anonymous
    La rubia me volvió loco, 10/10 recommended buy
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  • jsc
    JonnyDoughYou must be in your teens. Not all readers here are kids you know...

    No. Some of us like women.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    second picture on Thecus N5200XXX is the best picture.
    saving to my PC....
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  • Reynod
    I want more articles like this one.

    In fact I demand that you do more articles like this one ... please?

    Can you please post a few more pictures of the Supertalent USB drive ... move the drive down a bit and zoom in ... its a bit fuzzy from here.


    If other users agree please rate my post up so the reviewers can guage interest in these products !!!


    :)
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  • RealityClash
    The ginger one scares me...
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