OCZ ATV 32GB USB Flash DriveIntroduction
Portable storage has come a long way in the past year with flash memory based devices such as MP3 players, Mobile Phones and Digital Cameras all being available with capacities up to and sometime in excess of 16GB. The faithful USB flash drive has also received a similar treatment, and while not so long ago a 2GB or 4GB drive was considered "high capacity", new drives have been appearing that surpass these capacities ten fold.
Today we're going to be taking a look at one such USB flash drive from well known manufacturer OCZ. Designed not only to hold masses of data but also to be rugged and resistant to those inevitable knocks and bumps, the ATV 32GB sounds like a very interesting device indeed. Let's hear what OCZ have to say:
ATV flash drives feature durable and colorful rubber tread housing, which is a 100% weatherproof storage solution to keep digital files safe in any conditions, even fully submerged in water. The attached cap holder will help prevent misplacement of the protective key cover, while the chain can easily fasten to your key ring for ultimate portability.
• High Speed USB 2.0 Certified
• True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)
• Dual Channel Technology
• Available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities
• Waterproof Rubber Housing
• Orange LED Status Light
• Lifetime Warranty
Probably one of the most appealing features of the ATV (for us at least) is the fact that OCZ say that it can be fully submerged in water. Now while we certainly don't make a habit of going swimming with flash drives hung round our necks, it's certainly reassuring to know that all our data will remain intact should the ATV take a spin in the washing machine .
Interestinly OCZ makes no mention of the ATV's transfer speeds in the specification area of the web page. However, considering the original ATV drive was introduced in 2007, the difference in performance between the initial 2GB and 4GB models compared to the more recent 16GB and 32GB ones is likely to be quite different.
Let's move on now and take a closer look at the device...