Portable USB drives come in all shapes, sizes, speeds, and of course prices. In our first of two hands on with portable Patriot USB drives, our Supersonic Magnum 2 USB Flash Drive review sees how it stacks up in this crowded market segment.
The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB Flash Drive features the following specifications:
- Capacity: 256GB, 512GB
- USB Technology: USB 3.0, USB 3.1
- Up to 300 MB/s write speed
- Up to 400 MB/s read speed
- Weight: 32.8 g
- Dimensions: 13.2 x 10 x 1.04 cm
- Warranty: 5 Years
What’s in the Box
- 1x Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB drive
The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB flash drive is a bit wider than most USB keys I’ve used in the past. It features a durable aluminum enclosure which enables shock resistance up to 15Gs to ensure greater protection of your data. The end of the USB drive has a plastic hook that you can use to attach to a key ring, and the cap which protects the USB connector snaps over the end firmly, so there’s no concern about losing the cap when the USB drive is in use.
This USB drive is super solid feeling, and the aluminum enclosure is a nice touch. As I mentioned previously, it is a bit wider than other USB drives and in some cases this can cause issues when you have two USB ports side by side. In the case of my laptop, my two USB 3.0 ports are in such a configuration and when the Patriot USB drive is in one port I can’t use the other due to the overhang on each edge of the drive. It’d also be nice to have some sort of light indicating the USB key is functioning — but not a necessity, it’s just a feature on other USB keys that I really like.
Ease of use
As with any USB key, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB flash drive is simple to use — just plug it into an available USB port, preferably a USB 3.0 port — and copy your data to and from the drive.
With advertised read speeds of up to 400MB/s and write speeds of up to 300MB/s I put the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB flash drive through a couple flash drive benchmark utilities. After multiple tests, the Magnum 2 peaked out at just under 300MB/s write speeds at 291MB/s, and about 265MB/s read speed. Of course these benchmarks are just that, but during day to day usage the USB drive performed excellently and I found both the read and write speeds were very fast on it, especially when transferring large files.
Starting at $129.99USD, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB flash drive is a bit more expensive than other options, it does offer decent read/write speeds and quality, durable construction. The aluminum casing alone offers additional value, so if durability of the key itself is important then you’ll definitely find the value with this USB drive. They are currently on sale on Amazon with the 256GB version $30 off, and the 512GB version $50 off which brings the price down quite a bit.
The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 USB flash drive is well constructed, and offers great read and decent write speed.