We previously reviewed the 8GB version of the Survivor and were impressed enough to give it a Kick Ass award, due in part to its ability to survive our extensive series of durability tests unscathed. But although the 8GB Survivor attained our penultimate rating, we did have a few minor quibbles with it. In our earlier review, we noted that the drive lacked the promised TrueCrypt encryption software, one rubber grip was loose, and the device made an annoying squeak when opened or closed. With the 32GB version, the software is there and the grips are tightly affixed; however, that annoying squeak remains, so the Survivor is still not the best storage device if you should need to avoid detection while on a secret mission.
We also put the 32GB Survivor through a series of rigorous stress tests. We hurled it down flights of stairs, froze it within a glass of water, submerged it, and stomped it. We stopped short of seeing how it reacted to the force of a ball-peen hammer, feeling that only a near-impossible series of unfortunate events would lead to such an event transpiring in a real-world setting (though, truth be told, we have retrieved some luggage that looked as though it had been sent through a thresher, so perhaps we did stop short in our tests). The Survivor does, however, remain true to its name.
Overall, the Survivor did well in our benchmark tests—except in our small-file write test; the Survivor took 11:22 (min:sec) to complete this test, compared to the 9:34 that OCZ's 32GB ATV required. The Survivor has done nothing to lose its status as Kick Ass worthy and remains the best choice for those with James Bondian inclinations—its included encryption software and ability to stand up to abuse make it a worthy accessory on all your top-secret missions.
Indestructible formfactor makes this a go-to device for your next secret mission