USB Flash Drive Round-Up: Corsair, OCZ and Kingston

OCZ Ralley 2

We are going to start with the OCZ Rally2. As the name suggests, this drive is a new iteration of OCZ's Rally. We have been carrying a 2GB Rally around for over a year now and have been quite happy with it. We are pleased to see that Rally2 features an aluminum chassis like the original Rally.

OCZ Rally2
Specifications and Features
High Speed USB 2.0 Certified
True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)
Dual Channel Technology
Available in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities
Dimensions: 2 5/8"(L) x 5/8"(W)
Transfer Speed: Up to 28MB/s (read), 15MB/s (write)
Aluminum Chassis
Orange LED Status Light
Lifetime Warranty
USB extension cable

While both the new Rally2 and the original Rally feature a black aluminum shell, that is about where their design similarities end. The new Rally2 is actually a flatter black than the Rally, and the Rally2's ends are rounded for a sleeker appearance. The Rally2, like the Rally and most other flash drives, ships in one of those nearly-impossible-to-open blister packs that we all love to hate.

Once you finally open the package, you will find the Rally2 drive, a lanyard and a USB extension cable. The lanyard is for wearing your geek bling (the Rally2 in this case) around your neck if you so desire. The USB extension cable is included for those of you who aren't fortunate enough to have front USB ports on your PCs. You simply plug the cable into a rear USB port, and then put the cable somewhere that is convenient for you when you need to connect the Rally2. That way, you don't have to crawl around to the back of your PC every time.

As you can see in the picture above, the Rally2 is the same basic shape as many other USB flash drives on the market -- about as long as a 5-stick pack of gum but not quite as wide. It fits quite nicely in a jean pocket.

When OCZ first introduced the Rally, the company also introduced its "Dual Channel Technology" for its line of flash drives. The technology was developed to maximize performance. Like the Rally, the Rally2 also features OCZ's Dual Channel Technology. We'll see how much that helps the performance when we test the transfer rate of the Rally2. In addition to the Dual Channel Technology, the Rally2 features a lifetime warranty and an orange LED status light. We like that the LED is orange, but it's a tad too bright in our opinion. This is of course a point of personal preference though. 

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