One, Two, Many – Review of Strontium Bold 2GB USB Flash Pen-drive

SnapDeal is on a publicity binge. And followers of SnapDeal get to win.

SnapDeal recently announced a limited duration promo code called SD500 where they offer a discount of Rs.500/- on purchases worth more than 999/-

Since my USB pen-drives have a propensity to disappear (most of the time because clients fail to return them), I have been intending to buy a bunch of cheap low capacity USB pen-drives to serve the purpose of file transfers.

Strontium too is on a publicity binge and they have been offering their memory products for half-price on SnapDeal.

I purchase 5 nos. (yup, that’s five) Strontium Bold 2GB USB pen-drives. Each drive had a SnapDeal MRP of Rs. 210/-. Five of them came to Rs.1050/- After applying SD500, the bill came to Rs.550/- or about Rs.110/- per drive. I would say that’s quite cheap. A point to be noted though: Strontium no longer offers this product on their website. Even SnapDeal is not offering this product anymore at the time of writing this article. I wonder how do they intend to honour their 5 year warranty!

The drives share design/style with Kingston and Moser Baer and this had me worried. I have not had good experiences with Kingston Flash drives and definitely did not want to buy Kingston renamed/manufactured drives. I did some googling and as such I have not found a connection between Strontium (Singapore) and Kingston (USA) yet.

The drives feature a hidden LED which reflects inside the metal cap when the drive is working. This is kinda cute.

Drive performance was nothing to write home about. I think the drive should be rated as Class 2 since performance was just a tad under Class 4 speeds.

The drive did become warm to touch after being connected for a few hours. I will try to abuse one of the drives to see if they fail like Kingston drives. The modus operandi will be to connect the USB drive to my desktop PC and repeatedly plug it in and out without performing ‘safely eject hardware’. Kingston drivers seem to fail after a few such gimmicks.

Performance Test Report:

Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 4.07 MByte/s
Reading speed: 11.9 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

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