OCZ Rally DC USB Flash Drives Review

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Subject: OCZ Rally DC USB Flash Drives Review
Name: LED
Date: 11/11/2005 4:57:14 AM (GMT-7)
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>The OCZ Rally flash drives look small and ordinary but they are certainly not frail. Their black aluminium chassis gave them a good heft. They feel good in the hand and in the pocket.

These drives also boast a dual-channel capability, which supposedly allows them to double their read and write speeds. However, as our tests have shown, things aren't always as rosy as advertisements make them out to be.

Even with two flash memory chips, the OCZ Rally drives had slower read speeds than the Corsair Voyager we used in the comparison. They were also much slower at random access than the Corsair flash drive.

But when it came to write speeds, the results were quite different. The larger capacity OCZ Rally drives showed their fangs and were much faster than the Corsair Voyager. Even the small files test which stresses the flash controller didn't faze them at all. Only the 512MB Rally model failed to beat the Corsair Voyager.

As far as accessories are concerned, the OCZ Rally flash drives came with a pretty complete package. Not only do you get a USB extension cable, you also get a lanyard and key ring.

The key feature that most people miss, and one which we would like to point out here, is its slim form factor. It's barely thicker and wider than the USB connector! This prevents the OCZ Rally drives from blocking the use of adjacent USB ports. That may seem like a small thing to worry about, but you will find it a great convenience when you actually use it.

In addition, these flash drive actually come with a lifetime warranty! Although flash drives are unlikely to fail, it's still good to know that if any of these drives fail, you can send them back to OCZ Technology for a replacement.

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!...

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