Patriot Stellar Review (32GB)

Manufacturer ImageThe Patriot Stellar is one of many pioneers into the new market of USB OTG flash drives. It seems to be the first that combines both USB 3.0 and USB OTG in one sleek package. Its small footprint and sleek looks may be tempting, but does it provide the 140 MB/s performance it promises?

The version reviewed is the 32GB Patriot Stellar which can be found onย Amazonย for $34.99 as of January 2014. The Stellar comes in 3 colors depending on the size. The 16GB comes in orange, the 32GB comes in silver, and the 64GB comes in gold.

Aesthetics:

The flash drive is very sleek and placed next to a guitar pick, you can see how small it really is.

Stellar Size Comparison

The width and height are the exact size of the USB port itself with the internal plastic being blue to represent its USB 3.0 compatibility.

Patriot Stellar USB3

When plugged into a laptop, it does not extrude much as half of it is the full size USB port itself.

Patriot Stellar Laptop

Performance (Windows):

Using CrystalDiskMark as a reference for benchmarking the drive, some interesting data was revealed.

Stellar BenchThe drive performed exactly as stated by the manufacturer as the read speeds were a solid 140.2 MB/s. However the write speeds were sub par reaching only 19.38 MB/s. This however isn’t even the full story as copying smaller files, the write performance quickly becomes unbearable. The Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 drives in comparison offer much better write performance (almost triple).

Performance (Android):

Using ES File Explorer, CM11, and my LG G2, writing and reading to the drive over the OTG connection seemed only to be limited by the phones read and write speeds as both were quite random and similar to each other. Take these benchmarks as a reference only as they will differ from phone to phone.

Write Speed:

OTG Write

Read Speed:

Read Speed

In Conclusion:

The Patriot Stellar is a solid device offering a stepping stone into the new world of high speed OTG flash drives. It is very useful to have as I can now use the same flash drive easily without any extra connectors on my laptop, tablet, and phone. If only the write performance was better, this would be a sure buy.

Pros:

– Competitive Pricing

– Fast Read Performance

– Sleek Shape and Size

Cons:

– Slightly Plastic/Cheap Feel

– Horrible Write Speed for a USB 3.0 Device

– No Color Options For The Same Capacity

I Finally Gave In And Purchased a Nexus 7 (2013)

After much debate, research and headache, I have finally decided to buy a Nexus 7 (2013). There were many factors that persuaded me but the biggest three were Price, Performance, and Battery Life. According to many review sites and notably AnandTech, the new Nexus 7 has not only the best value for what it offers, but also one of the best tablet screens to date. I should have it in a month and when I do, expect alot of posts about it.