REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
I have to admit that my first look at the SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express RC4 flash drive at ceBIT left me a bit confused. After all, we had reviewed the SuperTalent Express RC8 twice previously, once with Windows To Go installed. Performance wasn’t a factor whatsoever. That was when Roman Nahal, SuperTalent Marketing Manager, reminded us that the JMicron controller and bridge were both SATA 3 capable and this drive could reach speeds that surpassed the RC8. Further, using JMicron hardware also enabled SuperTalent to keep prices down.
Microsoft Windows To Go is its own animal. It should be available to the consumer but it is not. Microsoft needs to reconsider this. While a trial version of Windows To Go is provided and also available elsewhere, it is no more than a lure to get the consumer to upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise. Having the ability to take your PC environment with you and use it anywhere is amazing. The possibilities that show themselves are limitless. Microsoft needs to include this in Windows 8 consumer edition.
Getting back to the SuperTalent USB3.0 Express RC4 flash drive, we found it to be a high performing and well built device. There has been a great deal of time and effort to get this certified by Microsoft and this has paid off. Stay tuned as we will update this report once the RC4 is available. Until then, we believe the Express RC4 is deserving of the Innovation Award!