Usage & Testing
Before I could test the drive I had to get the cap off, which actually turned out to be quite a pain. You really had to pull to get it off and push really hard to get it back on. This is not a huge deal, but I don’t want to feel like I’m breaking the drive every time I’m trying to take a cap off.
To test the flash drive we used HD Tune to do read and write tests. When we opened up HD Tune it revealed that the drive was actually a PNY drive, which usually are relatively good when it comes to speed and reliability. Here are the results from our tests.
As you can see the speeds of the drive are quite good. Honestly I expected this drive to be slow as most “themed” drives are built on top of generic drives, good to see Tyme Machines has gone with a good reliable drive manufacturer as PNY.
If you are a Star Wars fan these are the perfect thing to add to your growing collection. Even if you are looking to add something cool to your desk these are a good choice, especially since you can get all 4 and line them up.
As far as quality goes these drives are well made and the actual flash drive itself is a PNY drive and as you can see above it performed very well in our speed tests. The only thing I really did not like about this drive was that the cap was very hard to pull off, that could be annoying for some people.
The 4GB model of this drive is $29.99 from Tyme Machines. For comparison the 4GB PNY Attaché USB flash drive sells for around $15 online so you are paying double since it is a Star Wars figurine.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Tyme Machines Darth Vader USB Flash Drive an 8 out of 10 score.
– Built on a quality USB Drive
– It’s Star Wars!
– Looks cool on your desk
– Cap is very hard to take off and put back on