USB Flash Drive Round-Up: Corsair, OCZ and Kingston
OCZ Mega-Kart Specs & Features
We were quite excited to take a look at the OCZ Mega-Kart because of its relatively small size and large capacity. Although we prefer the form factor of a regular USB flash drive (like the aforementioned Rally2), we were still geeked (so to speak) about checking out a 16GB storage device that is barely larger than a couple of credit cards stacked on top of each other.
High Speed USB 2.0 Certified
Dimensions: 84mm x 53mm x 4mm (L x W x H)
True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)
Available in 8GB and 16GB capacities
Compatible with: Windows: 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP
Linux: Kernel 2.4 or later
Mac: OS 9.0 or later
LED Status Light
1 Year Warranty
OCZ claims that the Mega-Kart is thin enough to fit in your wallet, but we would advise against it since we wouldn't want you to sit on it and risk breaking it. It could, of course, fit easily in your pocket, purse or bag. As we mentioned before, blister packs aren't our favorite packaging, but that is how the Mega-Kart ships. We do like that it's not much bigger than our BlockBuster membership card.
Another cool thing about the Mega-Kart is that it has a small USB cable built in. When you flip it over, you get a better idea of how the cable works. It pops out, and the short cable is revealed.
The design is pretty clever and works rather well. The cable and USB connector stay securely locked in place when not needed. The only down-side of the design is that the Mega-Kart hangs awkwardly from a USB port once it's plugged in. Many people won't be bothered by this, but we did raise an eyebrow or two after plugging it in each time. It's just not what we expected or are used to. That said, the design could also afford some flexibility in tight squeeze situations.
Like the Rally2, the Mega-Kart features an orange LED status light, but this one is a bit more tame. Unlike the Rally2, the Mega-Kart does not offer a lifetime warranty. Instead, the Mega-Kart is warrantied for only one year. We aren't sure why the warranty is so much shorter for the Mega-Kart, but we'd like OCZ to consider upping the warranty a bit.