The Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive was the first to truly take advantage of the 10X speed increase in USB 3.0 ports versus the earlier 2.0 models, and as a result, many of the reviews of this flash drive focus on the improvements brought on by what was then cutting-edge technology. That said, many reviewers find there is still a lot to like about the RAIDDrive, in part because of its unique structure. Like hard drives arranged in a RAID array, data is striped across two separate flash drives inside the Super Talent RAIDDrive casing, meaning that data loss on this drive is highly unlikely. Those few users who review the drive comment on using it as a hard drive substitute, and it's certainly reliable enough to do that, reviewers say.
Complaints focus on the price, the bulky nature of the USB flash drive Ð the Super Talent RAIDDrive is double the size of some standard USB 3.0 drives Ð and the heat as it operates. The speed of the drive was boosted several months after its release, thanks to a firmware update that should be in place on any model currently available for sale.
Most reviews date from the drive's 2010 debut, though they still apply to the current model. Comments on pricing should be reviewed against current estimates. Professional reviews of the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive come from reputable sites like Tom's Hardware and LegitReviews.com. There are few user reviews of the premium drive on popular sales sites, but those that exist are positive, if reflective of the spotty USB 3.0 support when this drive first debuted.
Tom's Hardware compares the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive versus several other drives in an overall look at USB 3.0 performance, concluding that it delivers "impressive" performance in a bulky package. They experienced some problems installing Super Talent's dedicated drives for the USB drive. Those files aren't necessary to use the thumb drive, but may affect the overall speed, the site noted.
Review: USB 3.0 On A Stick: Super Talent's RAIDDrive 64 GB, Patrick Schmid and Achim Roos, June 4, 2010
The Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive is surprisingly light for its chunky size, TechReport.com notes, though it still can easily block nearby USB ports. Benchmark and real-world testing find that the drive can read slightly faster than its USB 3.0 competition at the time of the review, but that it is about average on both read and write speeds. The reviewer questions its overall value.
Review: Super Talent's USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, Geoff Gasior, May 25, 2010
LegitReviews.com does extensive testing of the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive on everything from speed to heat, and finds it a competent performer. It runs "pretty dang hot," the site comments, with outside case temperatures reaching 60-62 degrees Celsuis (140 degrees Fahrenheit). It uses approximately five watts of power in operation, the site said. Overall, the review is positive, and the drive earns the Legit Reviews Innovation Award.
Review: Super Talent RAIDDrive 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Nathan Kirsch, Apr. 16, 2010
BenchmarkReviews.com does just what the name suggests in its tests of the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive USB flash drive, putting it through a variety of benchmark measures to test its speed and performance. They found it easy to use, with speeds as advertised. "I've seen mobile phones that were about the same size," reviewer Olin Coles comments. He compliments the thumb drive's sturdy design, but questions the overall price.
Review: Super Talent RAIDDrive USB-3.0 Flash Drive, Olin Coles, April 22, 2010
The Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive USB flash drive aces the benchmark tests at PCGamesHardware.com, using real-world file transfers and synthetic benchmarks to show off "really fast" speeds. The RAID drives are a boost to speed and reliability, the review notes, but greatly increase the USB stick's size. The site recommends using the drive's own Windows drivers, and notes that the RAIDDrive has to be formatted like a traditional hard drive.
Review: Super Talent Raid Drive USB 3.0: The first USB stick reviewed, Daniel Mšllendorf, Feb. 18, 2010