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Review: ADATA S102 Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive (32GB)

by Parm Mann on 26 February 2013, 10:30 4.0

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You can never have too many USB 3.0 flash drives, and if you're thinking about expanding your collection, ADATA's S102 Pro is well worth a look.

Launched as part of the company's Superior Series range and described as a 'value-driven' solution, the drive's purpose is to provide a good level of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance at a competitive price.

A choice of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities are to be released, in a choice of Titanium Grey or Titanium Blue colour schemes, and we've been sent a blue 32GB sample that currently retails for just £18 at Amazon UK.

The drive's aluminium alloy body looks suitably smart and should keep the drive running cool during extended use, and for a USB 3.0 solution that promises able performance, it isn't particularly big, either. Measuring 61.8mm x 18.7mm x 10.7mm in size, the S102 Pro is likely to fit into most USB 3.0 ports without obstructing any adjacent slots, and with a weight of just 12g it'll go unnoticed when slipped inside a pocket.

Size, weight and aesthetics are all sensible, and we appreciate the fact that the cap, when removed, can be stowed on the back of the stick for safe keeping. The only obvious oddity is the positioning of a small hole on the rear of the drive for attaching a lanyard - it's nice to have the option, but if you do decide to use it you'll lose the ability to easily stow the cap.



Turning our attention to performance, ADATA officially quotes read and write speeds of up to 100MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively, which would make the drive a solid-if-not-spectacular performer.

Our sequential performance test delivered numbers just shy of what's advertised - 83MB/s on reads, 42MB/s on writes - and the S102 Pro, as expected, slots in as a reasonable mid-range solution. It isn't the quickest around the block, and spending extra can pay dividends in terms of overall performance, but we can't recall ever testing a sub-£20, 32GB drive that's as nippy as this.

Bottom line: for anybody who has yet to make the transition to portable USB 3.0 storage, ADATA's 32GB S102 Pro is an attractive option. Good capacity, solid performance and a tidy design all for under £20? It's hard to argue against this one.

The Good

Decent performance
Keen pricing
Lifetime warranty

The Bad

Outperformed by premium drives

HEXUS Rating

4/5
ADATA S102 Pro (32GB)

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The 32GB ADATA S102 Pro flash drive is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Nice! It is faster than my HDD...
I'd be curious to know if these drives offer any improvement over old USB2 units on USB2 machines. I always felt that the USB2 spec could support faster transfers than many grotty USB pen drives offered, and wonder if the improved internals allowing for such improved performance over USB3 might also yield benefits over slower connections (ie. maxing the connection)?

Also interested in random IO performance, not just copying. After all, we must be getting to a point where it is sensible (capacity/performance) to run apps or even boot OSs from USB drives, so that we end up with our own portable environments... Presumably some of the advances in SSD tech will dribble down into pen drives, boosting performance on portable devices?
This is not a fast USB 3 flash drive. Its might not be expensive but doesn't take advantage of the USB 3 speeds. Look at the SanDisk SDCZ80 Extreme range, thats fast - and good value.
Irien
I'd be curious to know if these drives offer any improvement over old USB2 units on USB2 machines.


I don't have this particular pen drive but I did buy an unbranded 64Gb USB3 one from eBuyer a while ago. I've used it to install Windows 7 on a USB2 only machine and it's noticeably quicker than my 32Gb OCZ USB2 stick which was quite expensive at the time I bought it.
I picked up a 16g version of this drive for under a tenner with free postage a couple of weeks back.
I only run it on usb2 so peak speed is limited by that. But as with most media lots of small files chokes speeds down to zilch.
I did laugh at the way the packaging tried to make out it had a no loss end cap. When they meant it's got a place to store it!
Unlike other solutions where the cap remains attached trust me you can still loose this cap for a while!