The Kingmax Super Stick could easily be awarded for being the world’s smallest USB drive in the market today. It’s easily half the size of any competitor’s smallest USB drive available today.
Comparison of the Kingmax Super Stick and an AA battery
The design of the Kingmax Super Stick has redefined the definition of a small USB drive. It has borrowed the contact pin interface of the many memory cards (such as Memory Stick/SD/MMC/xD Card) into the world of USB drive. Thus, there isn’t a male USB Type-A port on this USB drive, which gives the Kingmax Super Stick the small size advantage.
It’s also good to know that the Kingmax Super Stick is cap-less. While many of the newer USB drives have began to include some sort of a cap attached to the actual USB drive, the Kingmax Super Stick is just a piece of stick with its flat contact points exposed. Can the exposed contact points survive the scratches from normal usage and rough handling over the years that may prevent it from functioning properly? Only time will tell.
The Kingmax Super Stick also boasts its water-proof properties. Its electronic components are sealed well within the stick and could easily survive a dip into a glass of water without worries of damaging the USB drive. However, the compactness of the Kingmax SuperStick has left out a LED activity indicator which can be very useful to know if the USB drive is in use.
On the performance side, the Kingmax Super Stick isn’t as blazing fast as some of the USB drives in the market, but more of a mediocre performer. A test on SiSoftware Sandra XI 2MB files test benchmark gives a pretty good read speed of 15770 kB/sec but a rather slow write speed of 1843 kB/sec. The 2GB of storage space should be sufficient for most of today’s user needs to store their documents, songs, and commonly used applications on the go (Check out PortableApps.com).
Overall, its a good USB drive that is small in size with a 2GB capacity to meet most of our portable storage needs. The provided lanyard is strongly recommended to be attached onto the small Kingmax Super Stick or it could be easily lost. The data transfer performance should have been better to better reflect its identity as a Super Stick. The Kingmax Super Stick may cost a little more than the many other USB drives in the market, but the size and design might just justify it (for me at least).
Update 1-Nov-2007: Sadly this USB drive has finally died after serving me for just 10 months. It just failed to be detected by the PC upon being inserted into any USB port, and the body just felt really hot compared to its normal operating temperature. A pretty short lifespan for a tiny little USB drive