Adata ue700 pro review: ADATA UE700 Pro 256GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 SuperSpeed USB Flash Drive (AUE700PRO-256G-CBK)

ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 (16GB) Review

The USB flash drive is a curious thing; not only does it store all of your data on the go, but the small size and many permutations of the humble flash drive also serve as a hint to someone’s personality. While that’s great when you want to show the world your love of superheroes or cartoon ponies, sometimes you want something a little more understated, with a focus on performance and speed. The ADATA DashDrive Elite (16GB)( at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) is just such a drive, with high-speed USB 3.0 performance and plenty of storage, all dressed up in an elegant design.

Design and Features
The DashDrive Elite is a small but fancy looking flash drive, and unlike the bright colored Verbatim Store N’ Go Clip-it or Dane-Elec ColorBytes, you’ll be able to pull it out in the middle of a class or meeting without looking unprofessional. The metal body of the drive has a shimmering sheen, and is a dark grey color. The sides are textured with concentric circles etched into surface, providing both traction for gripping the drive and some visually appealing detail. The ADATA logo stands out, being bare metal, standing out as a lighter silver color against the near-black of the drive body.

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The DashDrive Elite has a sliding design, with a slider on the side of the drive to extend the USB plug. On the back end of the drive is an integrated loop for attaching a lanyard or keychain. The compact metal enclosure should also hold up well to the bumps and bags of life attached to a keychain or tossed into a bag, though it may not offer the rugged design of something like the LaCie XtremKey USB 3.0 (32GB).

The DashDrive Elite comes formatted to FAT32, so it should work out of the box with all of your common operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux). Our 16GB model offered 14.7 GB of usable space, which is par for the course when it comes to flash drives.

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In terms of price, the 16GB DashDrive Elite is actually the least affordable of the UE700 model line; selling for a list price of $26.99 it’s roughly $1.68 per Gigabyte. Higher capacity models at 32GB ($44.99 list) and 64GB ($74.99) work out to even less, selling for $1.40 per Gigabyte and $1,17 per GB, respectively. By comparison, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme 3.0 was a bit more expensive ($99.99 list, $1.56 per GB), while the Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go V3 (16GB) sells for $1.25 per GB, and the Mushkin Ventura Plus (32GB)($10.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) is only 93 cents per GB.

Performance
Thanks to a USB 3.0 connection, the ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 offers decent read and write speeds. In our timed data transfer tests, the drive was quick, with 107 MBps read speed and 39 MBps write speed. By comparison, the Editors’ Choice SanDisk Extreme edged slightly ahead with speeds of 105 MBps (write) and 110 MBps (read). The Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go V3 fell a bit behind with speeds of 79 MBps (read) and 10 MBps (write), as did the Mushkin Ventura Plus (32GB) with 36 MBps (read) and 30 MBps (write). When connected via USB 2.0, the DashDrive Elite put out a consistent 30 MBps, both for read and write functions.

In actual use, the drive functioned exactly as expected on several systems, regardless of whether it was connected via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. The slim-bodied drive plugs in without blocking any neighboring USB ports, and the sliding mechanism to extend the USB plug functions smoothly.

For a simple high-speed USB 3.0 drive with affordable high-capacity, the ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 is a solid choice. The sleek look and durable design make it a smart buy for professional and student alike, but the overall performance isn’t quite as impressive as our Editors’ Choice, the SanDisk Extreme 3.0 (64GB), which offers better overall speed.

ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 (16GB)

Pros

  • Elegant, durable design.

  • Speedy USB 3.0 performance.

  • Affordable high-capacity storage.

The Bottom Line

The ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 (16GB) is a stylish drive that puts both speedy performance and sizeable storage in your pocket.

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ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB Review (Page 8 of 8)

Page 8 — Conclusion

A little over two years ago, we found out a formula for success does not necessarily equate to a winner in real life. In the Cooler Master Silencio 550 and Lian Li PC-Z60 reviews, we have found out the right formula with the wrong values can turn a good idea into a bad product, but the wrong ideas with the right execution can make something for the better. Of course, neither is an ideal scenario. The ideal scenario would be a perfect combination of the right elements with the right design. So where does the ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB stand? The company promises a good looking USB flash drive with a large storage capacity and high performance. In reality, it delivers. Combining a slim and light form factor and a bit of visual excitement, the DashDrive Elite is also surprisingly fast in the benchmarks. When I say «fast», I do not mean winning drag races purely in the context of peak values. Not only does it show off a very commendable top speed, its ATTO performance curve is very desirable; especially with its superior small file I/O performance against comparable drives in its class. Needless to say, it benchmarks very well in almost every test we have put it through. I am also a big fan of its capless design. Of course, there are some shortcomings that I would like to see addressed. Firstly, the slider mechanism is pretty tight, and the switch may be hard to use for people with large fingers. Secondly, the UE700 cannot accommodate traditional keyrings, so you won’t be able to attach it to your keychain if so desired. Thirdly, its maximum input/output per second is a little bit lower than the competition, which may be a result of lower performing flash chips. At the end of the day, what makes the ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB right is significantly greater than what that makes it not. For under $70 at press time, the ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB is an excellent USB 3. 0 storage device for a reasonable price.

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7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
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— Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.7/10
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The ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB is a good looking, compact, and speedy USB 3.0 flash drive for a reasonable price.

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Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 3.0.1.0
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Conclusion

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Product weight 11 grams
Connector (type) USB A

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