1GB PNY Attache Flashdrive Review

The following review is based on a 1GB PNY Attache flashdrive. This portable device sports a thick double layered molded plastic housing. The inner housing is available in many different transparent colors, exposing a visual window to the inner workings. The cap is removable as well exposing the USB prong. The tiny red activity LED on this model can be hard to see once lit, due to the small opening and dim LED. This drive does feature a locking switch to prevent the user from accidentally deleting information from the drive.

PNY Attache Images:

PNY Attache 1GB USB flashdrive

PNY Attache Speed Benchmarking:

The following read/write file benchmark and low level read/write benchmark tests were established using the flash memory toolkit on a 1GB PNY Attache USB flashdrive.

PNY Attache File Benchmark

PNY Attache 1GB Low Level Benchmark

Compatible with USB Bootable Linux?:

The 1GB PNY Attache flashdrive accepted multiple partitioning in Linux and although a little slow, did successfully boot Ubuntu in our USB boot test.

Conclusion: The PNY Attache was lacking a little in performance. Benchtest results were mediocre with 10MB/s average read speeds, and 4.5MB/s write speeds. We were not impressed with the dim and tiny led and wouldn’t recommend using this flashdrive to run portable pendrive applications from. Although the drive can also be multipartitioned in Linux and supports USB native boot, the speeds were slow.

We did like the locking switch feature that allowed us protection from overwriting our data. This drive should be considered for storage only.

Side Notes: Keep in mind that larger capacity USB flash devices are generally slower than their lower capacity counterparts. So a 1GB flash drive of the same make/model should perform better than a 4GB device.

Editors Flash Drive Rating

Rating: 3