Patriot Xporter XT 4GB

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Patriot Xporter XT 4GB

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The Patriot Xporter XT offers the same capacity at less than half the price of Kingston’s drive (reviewed next). Unfortunately, that’s the only stand-out feature we could find.

Like Corsair’s Flash Voyager, the Xporter XT is dreadfully slow at writing small files, but unlike the Voyager, it doesn’t make up for that weakness with especially speedy large- and medium-file transfers. The Xporter XT also can’t compare to Kingston’s offering, which too is just fair at large- and medium-size files, but crazy-fast with small files.

Don’t get us wrong, the Xporter XT is no slouch. It’s close in write performance to the OCZ Rally and the SanDisk Cruzer that we rated highly in November. But that was before the 8GB Corsair and 4GB Kingston keys arrived. And given the Xporter XT’s lack of U3 support or basic encryption utilities, we think there are better choices out there.

Month Reviewed: January 2007
+ FEET: Lowest cost per gigabyte on the street.
- METERS: Gets aced by the competition in performance
Verdict: 7
URL: www.patriotmem.com

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MAXPCreader07

Why does the Xporter have so many good reviews at Newegg and on hardware sites? Who do I trust?

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vwvision

Dude, this is now only $18.99, check Canada Price here. Of course, after a year, 8GB doesn't seem so big any more as for 39 bucks, one can get a 16 GB memory stick (in Canada) today.

One would have to wonder if the ever increasing capacity an keep up indefinitely. It wasn't so long ago where personal computers have less hard drive space than a typical GPS receiver has in memory today. Sure enough, when the individual bit of data gets to about the same size as an atom, the density of storage cannot be further increased. I wonder how long we have till that happens and what breakthroughs will be needed to take us beyond that.

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