Transcend JetFlash 890S Review

Written by Chad

August 28, 2016

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With newer USB ports being created for PC and laptop users to provide a faster transfer speed, it is not a surprise for some brands to create storage solutions in a small package. Now Transcend launched their latest JetFlash line with the 890S that features the USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A. But can this new JetFlash drive be enough to convince users to get their own for storage purposes?

Here is the specification of the JetFlash 890S

Dimensions 28.6mm x 14.3mm x 8.6mm (1.13 x 0.56 x 0.34 inches)
Weight 3g (0.11oz)
Connection Interface USB Type-C & USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A connectors
(backwards compatible with USB 3.0 / 2.0)
Certificates CE, FCC, BSMI

The 890S comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, the tested unit is the 32GB variant.

The compact design on the 890S makes it easier to bring elsewhere as it is just around an inch for its length and just 3 grams for its total weight. Its aluminum body makes it feel durable from the daily harsh elements that ensures the stored files will be safe. A small hole on the top portion of the flash drive allows users to put a small accessory to keep it being lost when misplaced, or as a keychain accessory that you can always put in your pocket.

The 890S comes with a cover for the Type-C connector to protect it from accidental bumps, the Type-A however does not have any protective cover. Though it would be nice for the flash drive to have an LED indicator to tell if it is reading and writing some files.

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In terms of performance, we tested the read and write speed of the 890S, as according to the product specs, its reading and writing speed is at 90MB/s & 30MB/s. After testing with the Crystal Disk Mark benchmark software, the result for a 4GB file was around 40MB/s for reading and 30 MB/s for writing. It is a bit surprising that there are slowdowns on the reading speed despite being tested on a USB 3.0 port.

Another feature included to the 890S is the downloadable app called Transcend Elite App. It allows users to back up their entire files from the 890S to the PC or smartphone, it even has other features such as file management, encryption. Unfortunately the support of the app is very limited, as it is only available for the Mac and Android platforms.

As a conclusion, the Transcend JetFlash 890S it still a neat flash drive thanks its small size and durable build. The extra bonus on the Transcend Elite App may be useful, but it has its limitations on supported platforms. But if you are needing of a durable flash drive with USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports, then this is a good investment.


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