Lexar JumpDrive Triton - USB 3.0 review: Lexar JumpDrive Triton - USB 3.0

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The USB 3.0-based Lexar JumpDrive Triton offers top performance. The drive is compact, sturdy, great looking, and comes with excellent port design.

The Bad The Lexar JumpDrive Triton's capacity caps at just 64GB. It's also rather expensive.

The Bottom Line Thanks to its stellar performance and nifty design, the Lexar JumpDrive Triton is more than worth its relatively high price tag.

8.1 Overall
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Service and support 9.0

The Lexar JumpDrive Triton is something of an upgrade to the Lexar Echo MX Backup Drive.

Compared with the Echo, the now-USB-3.0-based Triton offers much faster speed; in fact, it's the fastest in writing among all USB 3.0 external storage solutions I've seen, including full-size drives. It also comes with a better retractable port design and a more aesthetically appealing and sturdy casing than the Echo.

The Triton is not a total upgrade, however, since it doesn't have a visible storage gauge and caps at just 64GB (the Echo caps at 128GB). It also doesn't come with any backup software.

At a suggested price of around $55 for 16GB (or $80 for 32GB and $200 for 64GB), I find that the new drive, though slightly pricey, is totally worth the investment and a much better alternative to the Echo.

Design and features

Drive type Compact external USB portable drive
Connector options USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Size (WHD) 0.9 x 0.4 x 2.5 inches
Weight 0.2 oz
Available capacities 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Capacity of test unit 32GB
OSes supported Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Other than the lack of a visible storage gauge, the Triton has a much better design than the Echo drive. It's now housed in a shiny metal alloy base and a high-gloss mirror finish plastic top that are not just good looking but also very sturdy. On top, it has just one white LED that shows the status of the drive. Solid white means it's powered on and ready, while flashing white means there's data being written to or read from it.

On one end, the Triton comes with a little eyelet opening to be used with an included lanyard in case you want to hook it to a key ring. Though this is convenient, I found that the drive's sturdy housing is susceptible to scratches, however, so you might not want to mix the thumbdrive with too many keys. One the other end, the drive's USB head is retractable into the drive's housing and can be pushed out easily with using one hand.

The drive's USB head comes in blue, indicating that the drive supports USB 3.0. It's in fact the first thumbdrive I've worked with that supports this latest, much faster USB standard. The Triton also works with USB 2.0 and the original USB standards. To take advantage of its speed, however, you'll need to use it with an USB 3.0 port on a computer. Note that currently Macs generally don't support USB 3.0.

Nonetheless the Triton supports both Mac and Windows computers out of the box by being preformatted using the FAT32 file system. There's no setting up; all you have to do is plug it into your computer's USB port and you're set. The computer will recognize and assign a drive letter to the new drive and you can use it just like any other drive already installed on the computer. The Triton comes blank, with no software or any data preinstalled on it.

The fact that the Triton is preformatted in FAT32 also means that it can't be used to store files that larger than 4GB. This is just the limitation of FAT32. In order for it to host large files, you'll need to convert or reformat it to the respective platform's native file system, such as NTFS for Windows or HFS+ for Mac. You can only convert to NTFS from FAT 32 without losing data already stored on the drive.

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