Apogee USB 3.0 Drive Is The "Smallest USB 3.0 Device On The Planet"

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USB 3.0 is continuing to flourish in a big way, and while it's notunexpected to see the big names (Seagate, Western Digital, etc.) pickup the protocol, you know things are really starting to heat up whenthe smaller ones do as well. Walton Chaintech has just introduced whatthey call the "smallest USB 3.0 device in the world," with that devicebeing the Apogee-branded Astro Drive Series A101.

The red and silver pendant is the smallest USB 3.0 thumb driveavailable for purchase, boasting maximum read speeds of 186MB/sec andwrite speeds of 130MB/sec. It's available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GBcapacities, and while we aren't quite sure what they mean by it, thecompany makes clear that this is "more than just a cold, emotionlesstech product." That said, we still have no idea how much money will berequired to pick up such a tiny, life-filled product.


The Smallest USB 3.0 Device in the World: the Stunning Launch of Walton Chaintech’s Astro Drive Series A101

The proliferation of large-capacity external devices means they are being utilized in increasingly frequent manners for the backup of large files and high quality videos. However, users often have a long wait when they transfer large files of several Gigabytes. The primary cause for this is that the USB 2.0 interface is limited by its transmission speed of 480 Mbps. Thus, USB 3.0 devices were developed that possess ten times the transmission speed of the previous interface, winning consumer admiration. In order to fulfill consumer demands, Walton Chaintech, a world-renowned memory and storage device manufacturer, has officially launched a product that supports USB 3.0 standards today; the Astro Drive Series A101. Not only is it fully compliant with all USB 3.0 specifications, it is also the smallest USB 3.0 product available currently. A combination of all of these factors, in addition to its dual color design in red and silver, makes this a highly functional product that fulfills a great deal of anticipation.

Seamless Integration into Next Generation Standards for External Devices

The new Walton Chaintech Astro Drive Series A101 thumb drive has complete support for USB 3.0 standards. The maximum read speed in actual testing was 186 MB/sec, and write speed reached 130 MB/sec. This is, at the very least, a six-fold increase in performance when compared to the 30 MB/sec and 20 MB/sec read and write speeds of USB 2.0 devices. This makes transferring large files and HD videos more effective. In addition, as it is completely compatible with USB 2.0 standards, there is more flexibility of use, as there is no need to worry about usage issues on prior motherboards.

At the same time, the Astro Drive Series A101 thumb drive comes in a variety of storage capacities, such as 32GB/64GB/128GB, in order to satisfy the user’s need for different data storage volumes. This allows you to choose the most suitable product according to your own budget and needs.

Petite Device with Dual Color Exterior Design in Red and Silver

Apart from its advances in transmission efficacy, the Astro Drive Series A101 thumb drive is also petite in size. The Astro Drive Series A101 is miniature in comparison to the 2.5-inch products sold by other competitors. It is more mobile than an iPod, and is currently the smallest USB 3.0 device on the market. This makes this device extremely convenient for consumers on the go.

In addition, the dual color exterior design in red and silver conveys high-tech qualities, while also adding a sense of trendiness with its flame-red contours. This makes the A101 more than just a cold, emotionless tech product. Instead, it is an exceptional product that encompasses both elements of fashion and quality. It is the best product for style-and-performance conscious consumers when it comes to the purchase of a high-speed USB 3.0 device.

About Walton Chaintech

Walton Chaintech Corporation, the world famous graphics cards manufacturer, has always been considering to provide more and better services through high technology. In the year of 2006, Walton Chaintech is proud to present the APOGEE® memory module series. Walton Chaintech is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan and has sales offices throughout China, Japan and the Americas. For more information, please visit www.chaintech.com.tw
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 2 2010 2:28 PM

"In addition, the dual color exterior design in red and silver conveys high-tech qualities, while also adding a sense of trendiness with its flame-red contours" Wow this looks so much better than all the other USB 3 keys I've seen (oh yeah I haven't really seen any others yet), and I can use it as a USB 2 device. Hmmm I think I'll stick with my current USB keys which amazingly operate at the same speed as this incredibly functional red and silver (WOW red and silver it's amazing), when I plug them into my existing USB 2 only ports.

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As long as this is priced well, this seems like a good option for a USB 3.0 external storage. Though I'm not so sure about the "more than just a cold, emotionless tech product." claim.

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catech replied on Tue, Mar 2 2010 11:27 PM

It's not another cold tech device because we painted it pretty - looks like they hired my 14yo sister-in-law for thier ad campaign.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Mar 3 2010 4:23 PM

Rofl very relative catech, that's funny.

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ClemSnide replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 11:04 PM

It's more than just a cold, emotionless tech product... because it can learn to feel love.

Do you get the idea that it was a Japanese ad campaign zapped through Google Translate?

And are USB drives close to saturating the speed of USB 2.0, let alone 3.0? Mine sure aren't.


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ClemSnide:
And are USB drives close to saturating the speed of USB 2.0, let alone 3.0? Mine sure aren't.

Mine are not either. I have 3 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178195 and a tiny MicroSD to USB adapter with a 2GB card in it. The microSD is painfully slow. The three PNY 8GB sticks are great. They are fast enough. I use them to transfer files from one PC to another and to install new OSes. Windows 7 RC on a flash drive installed in like 15 minutes at most. I also use one as a live Ubuntu disk. It does take a few minutes to fill up one of them though.

With all the work going into SSDs these days and USB 3.0 I think we may be in for some really fast USB sticks a few years from now. Once the prices FINALLY go down that is.

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