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After receiving several reader requests to check out the Rally 2 key from OCZ Technology, we were persuaded to call one in. As it turns out, the Rally 2 is a darn sexy flash drive. It’s devoid of any software, which doesn’t surprise us: OCZ has always stood for “performance first,” thus it makes sense that the Rally 2 is designed for one thing and one thing only—fast data transfers. Granted, it’s not as fast as the SanDisk Cruzer Titanium 2GB, but it offers double the capacity at the same price point, making it a mighty compelling alternative.
OCZ labels the Rally 2 a “dual channel” drive, meaning it’s able to read and write data from two channels of memory at the same time, sort of like a striped RAID array. OCZ also claims that this 4GB key is optimized for large file transfers—5MB or larger. This certainly seems to be the case, because the Rally drive absolutely choked on an assortment of Word documents that we use in our file transfer test, but it breezed through the larger test files. Of the four keys reviewed here, it was the second-fastest in both read and write tests.
Its aluminum chassis is sleek and seems quite durable. The top of the key sports a small hole that’s intended for use with the included lanyard—it’s too small to be used with a keychain, unfortunately.
Month Reviewed: November 2006
+ WHISKEY: Very fast read/writes, sleek design, and slim chassis.
- HOUSE KEY: No software bundle; not as fast as SanDisk’s key.