Lexar’s JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive may just be the best answer on the market for carrying large files that you need to keep secure but accessible while traveling. With speeds to 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write, you aren’t going to waste any time transferring your files.
The P20 is a slim sleek USB flash drive with metal alloy base and a glossy black finish on top. Larger than some of the more common foldable USB drives, I find it’s just the right size for allowing a firm grip and being large enough to find in your backpack or messenger bag. Also, the USB tip retracts with a push of your thumb to keep it clean.
I recently tried the 64GB model of the P20 and enjoyed watching some HD videos literally fly onto the card from my desktop computer. I was obviously using a USB 3.0 port on my computer to get the best transfer speed, and your choice of port does matter.
Using an Inateck 7-port USB 3.0 hub, it transferred at 33.9 MB/s and took 32 seconds to transfer.
For comparision, I tried the same file on a standard USB 2.0 flash drive and it took 213 seconds at 3.81 MB/S.
After experiencing the much higher USB 3.0 transfer, I’m really spoiled.
Besides the blistering speed, the other thing that sets the P20 apart from the pack is its security features. Included on the drive is EncryptStick Lite software.
First, set a password protected folder with its 256-bit AES encryption to protect your files from loss or accidental deletion. But, this secure gate swings both ways, and when you choose to delete a file, it’s gone forever and won’t be recovered.
After speed and security, the next criteria for picking a jump drive is probably capacity. The old adage holds true, whether for SD cards or jump drives…buy as big a one as you can afford. There’s never too much space and as digital photos and video get bigger and bigger, it won’t seem anywhere near as big next year.
Here’s a handy chart from Lexar’s website to show how many standardized files can fit on my 64GB P20. The P20 presently comes in three sizes: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
For more information, be sure to check Lexar’s website for the P20 JumpDrive: http://www.lexar.com/flash-drives/jumpdrive-p20