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Lexar Jumpdrive S75
Beginning with the packaging, the front shows the flash drive in all of its glory through the clear plastic blister, the surrounding card simply names the product and gives additional information about the size and speed with large, clear text and graphics. It also mentions that it “Securely encrypts files” but doesn’t go into detail to say how.
The rear of the pack is a much different story as far as design goes, almost all information is in some of the smallest text I have ever come across outside of a legal document. This is down to trying to fit information in seven different languages, something that I’m sure helps to keep the price down as Lexar doesn’t have to print products for each country individually. What’s shown in this small print is useful to know, of course, for one thing it highlights the three-year warranty which is very reassuring.
With the Lexar Jumpdrive S75 removed from its packaging, we get a proper look and feel of it. It’s incredibly lightweight, so much so that you could be forgiven for thinking that Lexar had forgotten to put the internal components in when it was made, but it’s all there and simply doesn’t have a lot of weight to it.
The front of the S75 is white, with an orange slider that pushes the USB connector out of the body and retracts it when not in use to keep it protected.
The rest of the body is slightly textured orange plastic with a built-in plastic prong to attach a lanyard or key ring. The texture does a good job of making sure it doesn’t slip out of your hands when in use but I can’t say its something that I enjoyed the feel of.
Lexar Jumpdrive P20
The packaging is more of an experience with the Lexar Jumpdrive P20. A clear plastic box with minimal printed information that simply highlights the size and speed of the drive and its encryption feature. The drive itself is displayed proudly inside, held with moulded plastic, and the overall impression is one of a more premium product than the S75.
A black card insert has more information which shows through the rear of the packaging, again it’s in multiple languages, and again in very small text. It does tell you the system requirements being OSX or Windows Vista/7/8 and this refers to the encryption software more than the physical drive, although I would expect the software, or an online update, to work with Windows 10 as well.
Out of it’s fancy packaging, the drive also exudes a premium presence. There’s a fair amount of weight to the Jumpdrive P20 courtesy of its metal casing and the contrast of the black plastic fascia works really well in my opinion. The only negative here is that it’s a fingerprint magnet which is a shame because it’s really nice to hold.
Like the S75, the Jumpdrive P20 has a sliding mechanism to push out the USB3 plug or retract it again when not in use.
The body of the P20 is metal giving the drive a lot of weight as well as feeling rather nice to hold, and it’s just as much a fingerprint magnet as the glossy plastic on the front.
So you’ve seen what they look like (and that’s kind of important to some people) but most will be asking “How well do they work?”. Well, it’s wouldn’t be much of a review if I didn’t check that out, so follow to the next page and find out.