Lexar JumpDrive Sport
The rugged Lexar JumpDrive Sport comes in a compact package that measures 3.25 inches long, 0.87 inches wide, and 0.37 inches thick. The JumpDrive Sport has a basic red-and-black design, with the Lexar logo stamped on one side and a tiny white space left for labeling on the other. The Sport feels sturdier than most of the other drives we've tested, and it has a rubber strap that stretches around the entire drive to keep it secure. A small loop at the end of the cap can accommodate a keyring. One downside of the design is that the rubber cap is quite difficult to put on and take off.
A green LED on the end of the JumpDrive Sport blinks frantically during transfers, but the drive had no problems communicating with our PC. We were able to transfer files back and forth easily. If you want to get a bit more out of the drive, you can also buy Lexar's nifty $75 JumpGear MP3, which turns your JumpDrive Sport into an MP3 player. The JumpDrive Sport does not include any extras or a driver disc, but Windows 98 users can find the necessary driver software on Lexar's Web site.
This drive is currently available in capacities ranging from 128MB to 512MB. The 128MB model we tested costs about $50, or 39 cents per megabyte, which is about average.
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