OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB

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OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB
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The OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB is packaged in the standard clam-shell heat-sealed plastic container, which you’ll need a knife (or sword; incidentally that’s what I used) and welding gloves to protect your hands to open.

Once you’ve battled through the packet, you just get the drive itself. No USB extension lead, no lanyard; just the drive itself. This isn’t a bad thing, but I know that several IT professional like to use their USB drive as a pimp chain.

OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB
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The drive itself is pretty gimmicky in its appearance, with styling similar to a JCB with the black strips and logo while the body is yellow. The whole device is made out of squidgy rubber which feels pretty good in your hand and also protects the drive when you drop it. Another benefit of this rubbery case is that the whole device is 100% waterproof meaning that it should survive a wash cycle if you forget to take it out of your shirt pocket.

On the chain which loops through an eye at the back of the drive, you get a ‘unique’ cap holder. While this feature is indeed unique, there is a reason for this; it’s pointless. Surely it would have been a better idea to simply have a chain attached directly to the cap and forgo the cap holder? Also, as the cap holder and the cap itself are made of the same rubber, it’s actually pretty difficult to slot one into the other so you’ll find yourself just holding onto the cap, rather than using the unique holder.

OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB
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The drive itself is actually pretty long. Compared to other drives, such as the twice-the-capacity Corsair Voyager GT 8GB, it’s a lot longer and chunkier although slightly thinner. That said, the ATV feels as if it’s actually in a metal cage underneath the rubber so it seems a lot sturdier, which probably accounts for the additional bulk. The additional bulk will mean that it’ll be impossible to plug this drive next to another device with close USB ports.

The ATV is advertised as being able to store files at 26-30mb/s and spit them out at 33-35mb/s. This is definitely quick, but there are many things that will prevent these speeds from being reached and I would take them with a grain of salt.

Unlike other USB drives, the OCZ ATV Turbo doesn’t come with any security software, or anything on the drive at all. While most people will just delete these files, I know that some worry less when they believe their files to be secured. It won’t cost OCZ anything to do, considering the free open-source alternatives to an in-house designed piece of software.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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