ADATA S102 Pro Review



ADATA's S102 Pro has everything you could want in a cheap USB drive. It's reliable and runs at USB 3.0 speeds. Best of all, it costs about the same as USB 2.0 models.

Speed is the notable feature of this USB 3.0 flash drive, according to Adata S102 Pro reviews. Many of the more than 200 five-star ratings at Newegg highlight how quickly this drive reads and writes data; one user, though, asserts that read speeds beat the specified maximum while write speeds fall way short. Regardless, reviews award points for value, reliability, durability, and overall functionality. Similar comments show up in reviews at Amazon, where one user goes so far as to say this is the best USB flash drive he's ever used. Reviewers also express appreciation for the sleek design and solid build quality. Some users aren't keen on the flash drive's detachable cap, which they fret is easily lost despite a holding place in the back of the device, and a couple grouse about the accompanying software.

The S102 Pro (starting at $15, Amazon) is available in four sizes -- 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. It sports a USB 3.0 interface, which is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 connections. The drive has an aluminum body for extra durability and a maximum read speed of 100MBps, compared with 30MBps for USB 2.0 flash drives. (Note: Both are theoretical maximums under ideal conditions. Real-world data transfer rates are slower.) As mentioned above, the Adata S102 Pro sports a detachable cap to protect the business end of the flash drive.

If you need a fast USB flash drive to store larger, more complex files or for larger backup jobs, the ADATA S102 Pro is a very good choice. It's faster than any USB 2.0 drive you'll find, affordable, reliable, and durable. Just keep a close eye on the cap so it doesn't go missing.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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