A-Data fork out a good looking eSATA flash drive
Frankly speaking, A-Data is not a common name when it comes to thumb drives, perhaps due to the popularity of popular brands like Kingston, Corsair, Apacer, and Pendriv. Though, I really love their speedy rams. Previously we don’t find it common to have eSATA thumb drives because you’ll need a SuperSpeed socket to provide power. But now with the popular eSATA + USB 2.0 combo port found on many notebooks and netbooks, thumb drive manufacturers are able to produce eSATA thumb drives to provide near-USB3.0 speeds for notebooks that don’t have USB 3.0.
The latest N909 from A-Data has a read speed of 90MB/s and write speed of 50MB/s due to the new four-channel design from the combo port. That is indeed a decent spec for a thumb drive, but how it performs in reality is still unknown. This N909 can work just fine in a standard USB 2.0 socket (albeit slower of kush). Available capacities are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. 128GB is expected to come soon, as it is shown in Computex earlier this year. Pricing information is sadly unavailable at the moment. I’m hoping for USB 3.0 thumb drives to be commonly available though.