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OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive Review
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OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive

Thanks to its diminutive size, the OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart certainly has an edge over its competitors. It's so thin you can keep it in your wallet! Those who are looking for something unobtrusive will certainly love its ultra-slim profile.

However, OCZ did skimp a little on the package. The Mini-Kart only came a plastic case and nothing else. We think OCZ should have at least added a lanyard for those who might want to keep the Mini-Kart "close to heart".

As far as performance goes, this is a great card to read from. It showed very good read performance for both large and small files. In fact, it was the second-fastest drive in our large files comparison and the fastest drive in our small files comparison.

However, it was very slow at writing large files, because of its slower Samsung flash memory chips. It was only 39% faster than the hard drive-based Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive. For a flash memory drive, that's really bad performance.

It managed to redeem itself a little in the small files write test, but still it wasn't anything to shout about. After all, its older brothers - the OCZ Rally drives were about twice as fast in this test.

With that said, we still feel that the OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart deserves a Reviewer's Choice Award. While its write performance is far from stellar, it certainly has excellent read performance. In addition, no one can deny that it is unique in its remarkably slim and short profile. That is something that will ensure its place in the market and in our pockets. Congratulations, OCZ!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

Lowest PriceGrabber Price • NA
Review Comprehensive Review
Part Number



• 43 mm (1.69 ") long
• 19 mm (0.75 ") wide
• 2.8 mm (0.11 ") thick

Flash Memory Two Samsung NAND SLC K9K4G08U0M chips
Flash Controller USBest UT161-T6G A2
Dual Channel Transfers Yes
USB Standards • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• USB 1.1 (Backward compatibility)
Rated Read Speed • NA
Rated Write Speed • NA
Package Contents

• One OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart
• One plastic case

Warranty • 3 Year Warranty


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