RamBo 2gb Flash Drive ReviewMikey 33 comments
Normally something as trivial as a flash drive does not warrant a review, unless of course it has something that sets it apart from the rest of the flock.
Not to be confused with the ill-fated Sylvester Stallone character, the RamBo series of flash drives comes in several flavours. 1gb, 2gb and 4gb respectively. All of these flash drives are identical except for their capacity, and for this review we will be focusing on the middle of the range at 2gb.
The form factor and size of the RamBo are among the best on the market. Let's face it. There are some pretty ugly flash drives out there. While their physical appearance will not affect performance, their usually awkward size and shape can make the difference between simply carrying one around in your wallet or having to wear it around your neck with a lanyard.
The RamBo has had some thought put into its design which is a lot to be said for a device that could have easily just followed suit like a lot of others. The gun metallic silver with orange trim easily rivals the aesthetics of any mobile phone manufacturer.
Inside the box
- 2gb USB2 flash drive with cap
- Clip on bracket to attach wrist strap
- Wrist strap
- Pocket bracket
Plugging it into an available USB 2 slot proved painless with the device being instantly recognised and the next available drive letter being assigned for it. No formatting was required.
The main thing that sets this flash drive apart from others is the fact it is bootable. And with a 2gb capacity that can be very handy.
Being bootable means you can carry an operating system in your pocket, complete with all your programs and documents. Be it a scaled down Windows XP or a Linux distro, being able to boot from a flash drive has obvious advantages, especially in a locked down environment (a work PC for example) where you want access to your own stuff without the restrictions put in place by a Sys Admin. And the best part is that you can browse all those questionable web sites without leaving any footprints.
Performance wise the RamBo is a little slower than the advertised 20mb/second, as the chart below shows the average working at 5.6mb/second.
As expected for a device with no moving parts, the speed is constant except for the occasional unexplained 3mb/second drop, although this did not affect the data integrity in any way. Testing in several different USB 2 ports did not make any difference. This may indicate a faulty unit, although there is a disclaimer on the packaging that says "read and write speeds may vary depending on the read and write conditions". That being said, my system is extremely high end and I keep it well maintained and optimised, so read and write conditions will have been fine.
Also on the downside there is no encryption software provided, although the RamBo Ultradisk Pro models do. If you have a portable drive already be it a flash drive or portable hard disc, encryption software will keep your data private if the worse should happen and you leave it plugged into an Internet cafe machine or it falls out of your pocket and is found by someone with less integrity than yourself. There are plenty of open source encryption options available and they are easy to find.
On the whole, the RamBo is an impressive little package in a small 74 x 18 x 11mm shell. If you are looking for an affordable drive that will fit snugly into any body cavity or even into your wallet if you are that way inclined, at around $60 the RamBo may be just what you are looking for.
- Small, thin and light weight
- Attachable and removable accessories
- Flashing LED to indicate data transfer
- Great price
- Large capacity
- Backwards compatible to USB 1.1
- Works on Windows 98 (with driver), Windows XP/ME/2000, Mac OS9 +, Linux Kernel 2.4.x+
- Data transfer slower than advertised
- No encryption software