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Transcend JetFlash 820G 16 GB flash drive review and testing

Price tags for 16 GB flash drives in our market begin from 8 dollars for a model with a USB 2.0 interface and 9 dollars for solutions with USB 3.0 connector. High performance drives with read and write speed on level of several tens of megabytes per second will cost approximately $ 17 and up. And the middle place between them has Transcend JetFlash 820G. And today we are going to test this device.

Transcend JetFlash 820G

In addition to low cost, relatively small sizes and cute golden case the product can boast the presence of a high-speed interface USB 3.0. Its use allowed to achieve high rate of read speed (90 MB/s). In the current review we will describe the compliance with the specified values.

The specs:

Producer and model

Transcend JetFlash 820G
(tested option TS16GJF820G with capacity 16 GB) 


USB 3.0 (back computable with USB 2.0)

Capacity options

64 GB TS64GJF820G

32 GB TS32GJF820G

16 GB TS16GJF820G 




Compatibility with OS


Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000

Mac OS 9.0 and next

Linux Kernel 2.4.2 and next

Dimensions, mm

50,4 x 17 x 7,4

Weight, g




Producer warranty

Limited life assurance

Producer website


Product page

As you can see, the manufacturer provides four capacity options from 8 to 64 GB. As for the color feature, at the present moment there is only gold color, as indicated by the letter «G» in the title. Probably the demand for this model will force the company to take care of Transcend expanding the range of colors.


Transcend JetFlash 820G

Packaging has unusual red color almost the entire surface. It contains the following information: device name (Transcend JetFlash 820G), interface (USB 3.0), memory capacity (16 GB), the presence of a hole to carry a flash drive as a key fob, the presence of LED indicator to identify the operation mode, limited lifetime warranty and the ability to download the additional software (Transcend Elite Data Management and RecoverRx).

Also, there is an indication about the maximum read and write speeds - 90 and 14 MB/s respectively. If the first value is high enough, the second is relatively small, but it is quite a good result taking into the account the price segment of the product.

Transcend JetFlash 820G

Reverse side of the package is notable for the presence of a small specification and some additional information. Flash drive is produced in Taiwan.

Also here is an indication of the approximate content amount of drive with capacity 16 GB: 7808 photos  with capacity 2MB, 4 hours of  Full HD-video or 4,000 songs in MP3 format with bitrates 128 KB/s.

In the upper right corner of the package there is an information about operating system requirements to instal Transcend Elite Data Management and RecoverRx programs: OS Windows XP or next, or MacOS X 10.5 or next.

Transcend JetFlash 820G

Transcend JetFlash 820G

The inside of the packaging provides information about the warranty conditions and basic features of software ПО Transcend Elite Data Management which includes: data backup, protect your computer from unauthorized access, data encryption and synchronization of browsers tabs.

As for one additional proprietary utility (RecoverRx), it is designed to data recovery deleted from the drive.    


Transcend JetFlash 820G

Transcend JetFlash 820G

Transcend JetFlash 820G housing is made of aluminum. At the same time it is covered by a layer of gold paint providing a pleasant and memorable look. Furthermore, this solution is very practical since fingerprints are not visible.

Silver borders in the middle are made of plastic. The fingerprints on it are slightly visible.

Transcend JetFlash 820G

The case has a minimum of information: manufacturer, the type of interface and the drive capacity. Near the connector you can also see a list of supported certificates. Classic design with the use of the cap has a high quality of performance. The last goes smoothly and most importantly kept tightly in place.

Blue color of plastic inside the connector indicates its type USB 3.0. The application of this standard is still not widespread, but it appears more often (recently even in very compact models). It allows to talk about a high readspeed as claimed value of 90 MB/s.

Transcend JetFlash 820G

Transcend JetFlash 820G

Small hole in the case allows you to use the product as keychain. It also includes the drive mode indicator. It is represented by the blue LED constantly illuminating when connected and flashing when read or write the data.

Transcend JetFlash 820G

The compactness of Transcend JetFlash 820G can be seen even in comparison with the usual matchbox. The length of product is only 50.4 mm, and the width and thickness of a little more than the connector 17 and 7.4 mm respectively.

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