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

Performance
I tested the Triton with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and it offered stellar performance.

When used with USB 3.0, the drive scored 90.8MBps for writing, topping the chart of all USB 3.0-based drives, including those of much larger physical size. At this speed, you can copy 10GB (about the size of one full 1080p Hi-Def movie) to it in less than 15 seconds. It also averaged 112MBps for reading, being the second best, just a bit slower than the LaCie Fastkey.

Note that I tested the drive the way any of us would use the drive for: copying a large amount of data to and from it. This means that these are real-world numbers that you will likely experience at home. This also explains why the scores are lower than the 150MBps Lexar claims for the drive.

With USB 2.0, the drive registered 28.8MBps and 33.13MBps for writing and reading, respectively, being among the top five fastest USB 2.0 drives I've seen.

The Triton got rather hot in my testing after being used for an extended amount of time. This is most likely because its metal housing is designed to dissipate the heat. The drive cooled down almost immediately once I unplugged it from the computer.

USB 3.0 performance (in MB per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Lexar JumpDrive Triton
112.19 
90.8 
LaCie Minimus USB 3.0
104.9 
87.7 
Clickfree C6
103.4 
87.7 
LaCie FastKey
115.5 
87.1 
Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro
103.5 
86.2 
Seagate GoFlex Slim
101.9 
82.4 
ioSafe SoloPro
106 
77.1 
HP Portable Hard Drive
83.65 
69.4 

USB 2.0 performance (in MB per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
LaCie FastKey
36.6 
28.8 
Lexar JumpDrive Triton
33.1 
28.8 
Clickfree C6
33.1 
28.7 
ioSafe SoloPro
36.6 
28.7 
LaCie Minimus USB 3.0
36.5 
28.7 
Clickfree C2N
40.1 
28.2 
Seagate GoFlex Slim
37.3 
27.7 
Lexar Echo Mx
36.3 
20.2 

Service and support
Lexar backs the JumpDrive Triton drive with an impressive lifetime warranty. For a storage device, the warranty time is the most important in terms of support, and Lexar delivers. At the company's Web site, you'll find a page dedicated to the drive with more information on it.

Conclusion
Compact, great-looking, and offering stellar performance, the Lexar JumpDrive Triton makes an excellent portable storage device despite its relatively high price tag.

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