ReadyBoost Flash Drives Lack Significant Boost
Software and Style
You pay for the Lexar's speed. If you price drives of the same capacity, Lexar charges substantially more for its JumpDrive Lightning series. However, it comes with PowerToGo, Lexar's branded version of the Ceedo operating environment for running applications from the drive, plus Lexar's own Ceedo-based encryption program. And the Lexar's shiny, stainless-steel exterior looks, well, flashy.
True to its name, the Ridata Twister opens like a pocketknife (with no cap to lose) and bears the classiest design. The Kingston, meanwhile, is your basic light, thin flash drive.
If launching a program in Vista feels lethargic, one of these drives may help--a bit. But installing more RAM inside your PC would help a lot more.
ReadyBoost Drives Won't Speed Vista Perceptibly
Lexar's drive was the fastest of the three, but none of the devices significantly improved PC performance using ReadyBoost. Click the chart icon below for details.
|ReadyBoost Drives Won't Speed Vista Perceptibly|
None of the drives significantly improved performance using ReadyBoost, though Lexar's drive was the fastest at file transfers.
|Performance on an HP Compaq dc5750 desktop PC||Performance on an HP Pavilion tx1000 notebook PC||Performance on a 3.4-GHz Intel Pentium D desktop PC|
|FLASH DRIVE||PCW Rating||WorldBench 6 Beta 2 without/with ReadyBoost
||% speed increase in loading applications on desktop PC||WorldBench 6 Beta
2 without/with ReadyBoost
||% speed increase in loading applications on notebook PC||Number of seconds to write large file to
||Number of seconds to read large file from drive
Lexar Media JumpDrive
Street: $89 (4GB)
|Very Good||42/39||6%||32/30||6%||35||25||Fastest by a wide margin, this expensive drive also comes with the Ceedo operating environment for running applications.|
List: $24 (1GB)
|Good||42/41||6%||32/31||5%||45||43||This basic flash drive offers nothing exceptional, but it performed adequately for normal file-copying tasks.|
Ritek Ridata Twister EZ
Street: $25 (1GB)
|Good||42/40||6%||32/32||4%||187||47||The black case and cap-free pocket-knife design are attractive and practical, but the drive's write speed is slow.|