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Western Digital Passport Pocket 6GB

The Passport Pocket is slow. Way slow. Its read speed of our 3GB test file (590 seconds) was two minutes slower than that of the PNY and the Verbatim drives, and its write speed (636 sec) was three minutes slower than the PNY. That’s just ridiculous.

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Verbatim Store 'N' Go 4GB

Verbatim’s Store ‘n’ Go offers sassy looks and an awesome software package named Ceedo Mobile Launchpad. When the drive is inserted into a USB port, something similar to the Windows Start menu appears in the middle of the taskbar. This menu lets you run a variety of free programs right off of the drive itself.

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OCZ Mini-Kart

The Mini-Kart is so small you could lose it in a bag of potato chips if you're not careful. Luckily, an included lanyard helps you keep track of the wee device. Instead of the standard rectangular metal USB port, the Mini-Kart’s pins are out in the open—it doesn’t even have a cap.

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PNY MaxFile Attache

The PNY drive not only sports the most capacity in this roundup, it’s also the fastest. It blew the others out of the water in our 3GB read/write test. Its read speed (361 seconds) was an incredible minute and a half faster than the Verbatim drive, and its write speed (430 seconds) was an ass-kicking three minutes faster than both the Verbatim and Western Digital models.

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