|Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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Closer Look: Patriot Supersonic Magnum
Although not something many people may care about on their flash drives, aesthetics are important and thankfully, Patriot played it pretty safe with the Supersonic Magnum while still maintaining a slick looking device.
The Patriot Supersonic Magnum is built from single piece of metal that the flash memory and controller is inserted into. This gives the Patriot Supersonic Magnum considerable strength and allows me to feel confident that the Supersonic Magnum can survive years of abuse.
The cap used for the top of the Supersonic Magnum is by far the weakest link when it comes the durability of Patriot Supersonic Magnum. The cap has no locking mechanism beyond simply popping into place on top of the Supersonic Magnum. This seems like it could present quite the problem for the Supersonic Magnum if it were to be used on keychain, as this loosely held on cap could easily fall off and be lost.
From the rear, you can see the rather tiny loop that a lanyard is supposed to go on. It would have been nice to see this made of metal also so that there is less risk of this snapping off over time. If a lanyard is not used this is where the cap can be placed when it is taken off for use.
From this angle, you can see how much wider the Patriot Supersonic Magnum is compared to the USB port, almost doubling its width. This is particularly important to remember when on a laptops where the confined spaces around the USB ports can cause problems if the Supersonic Magnum ends up blocking other ports that are needed.