In the never-ending flow of devices emerging this week from CES in Las Vegas, there have been many exciting products. Given what we’ve seen, a USB drive may seem less than thrilling, but the new Lexar thumb drives could change your mind.
The company showed off its new high-capacity Jumpdrives – 128 GB and 256 GB models. “The increased capacities paired with the performance of USB 3.0 technology make these drives a convenient solution for transporting or archiving of all types of files”, Lexar announces today.
The company claims that each JumpDrive model is compatible with Mac and PC systems and undergoes extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability.
The two new devices will be released in the first quarter of this year. Pricing has not yet been announced for either product.
Each year, CompactFlash gets faster and more capacious, despite being one of the older memory card formats around, and it looks like 2012 will be no different. Lexar has announced a new addition to its Professional range with 1000x CF cards that support minimum data transfer speeds of 150 Mb/s, allowing the capture of high-quality images and 1080p full-HD and 3D video from a suitable DSLR camera.
Available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB capacities, the CF cards support the VPG-20 specification meaning the card has been tested and guaranteed for professional video capture streams at up to 20 MB/s. To get the video off the card, Lexar offer a high performance USB 3 card reader.
Included with the purchase of a Professional CF card is Lexar’s Image Rescue software (downloadable) which will help recover accidently deleted photos and videos from the card.
The new Lexar Professional 1000x CompactFlash card will be on-sale in February, though the 128 GB variant won’t be ready until April. Recommended prices are 16 GB – $169.99, 32 GB – $299.99, 64 GB – $529.99, and 128 GB - $899.99 (ouch!)
You might be wondering what significance the “1000x” is. The original CompactFlash cards had a transfer rate of only 150 kb/s which itself was based on the data transfer rate of CompactDiscs (CDs). Geek fact for the day.
Lexar Media has added a 1.8″ range of SSDs to its Crucial RealSSD C300 product line. These solid state drives (SSDs) are ideal for netbooks, ultrathin laptops and tablets or anywhere that 2.5″ drives are too big.
Amazingly, these 1.8″ versions perform just as well as their 2.5″ siblings, with read speeds of up to 355MB/s and write speeds up to 215MB/s, natively supporting SATA 6Gb/s, while maintaining backwards compatible with the SATA 3Gb/s interface.
Behind the scenes, it’s the Micron RealSSD technology, using multi-level call (MLC) NAND and advanced controller technology to avoid the solid-state wearing. The average access time is less than 0.1 ms with 60,000 IOPS for a random 4k read.
Available shortly in 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB, prices start at a penny shy of $150. The Crucial website doesn’t seem to have the 1.8″ versions on sale just yet.
SSDs aren’t an area that I’ve been able to explore so I’d be interested if anyone else has any comments on their experience. Leave comments below.