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Trek 16MB Thumbdrive Smart
Page 1 - Convienent, Portable Storage
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: October 25, 2002
Category: Hardware
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Trek 16MB Thumbdrive Smart

Portable storage has been important since I can remember using my first floppy disk. With disks come certain problems, namely device and format incompatibilities. In recent times, USB has become a widely used standard. Even with the advent of USB 2.0, USB 1.1 is still widely used and compatible through backwards support in USB 2.0. As pretty much anyone one will tell you, when it comes to electronics smaller is better (usually). So, something the length of your thumb and half the width with the speed of USB has to be good, right? Well, let me introduce the 16MB Trek ThumbDrive Smart.

The Trek ThumbDrive smart is offered in 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256 MB sizes. I am reviewing the smallest size (16MB) that I could find for sale on the net. For a complete list of thumbdrive specifications, check out Trek's specifications page. Here's a list of the important specs to save you some time:

Trek Thumdrive Smart
Capacity 8MB, 16MB, 32 MB, 64MB, 128MB
Compatibility Mac OS 8.6, 9.x or 10.x, Windows 98*, Windows 98SE*, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP
Interface USB Spec 1.1
LED On: ThumbDrive connected and enumerated
Blinking: Data receiving or transmitting
Reading speed 700 KB/sec
Writing speed 350 KB/sec
Dimension 64mm(L) x 18mm(W) x 8mm(H)
Weight 12g (approx)

* These Operating systems require driver installation.

With the Thumbdrive Smart you get the 16MB thumbdrive, a CD with the drivers (for 98 boxes) and a user's guide, a label, and a warranty card with some support contact information on it. The thumbdrive cap, which is semi-transparent, smoked plastic, has a clip so it can be attached to a key chain or onto a shirt or in a pocket.

The Box Shot
The Box Shot
What's Inside
What's Inside

Some of the more notable features of the drive are the write lock, LED, and cross platform compatibility. So, I thought I would test out all I could. First up: write lock. I hit flipped the write lock switch, stuck it in and gave it a whirl. As I expected, it worked. I was not able to alter the contents of the disk in anyway (be it deleting, modifying, or creating files). The LED also works as promised. However, it should be noted that while you're not actively using it does blink but at much slower rate. While reading or writing the LED blinks at a much faster rate.

Relative To a Quarter
Relative To a Quarter
Writelock Switch
Writelock Switch

Alright, now I will move onto platform compatibility. Basically, all I did for this test was plug the stick into USB port on several platforms and read and write some files. I got it to work on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X platforms without a hitch. The Windows 98 SE box I used it on required driver installation (as reported by Trek) but I had a hard time finding a Windows 98 based computer to begin with, so that should tell you something about the viability of using this product.

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