I ordered my engraved Lexar 2gig JumpDrive Lightning 120X way back on May 7 and it arrived July 29.
Yesterday I received an email informing me my JumpDrive had shipped and to expect it soon. I didn’t have the heart to write back and tell them the product was delivered a couple of weeks ago.
tracking, and automatic online status updates do not work well
together. The Lexar system stated the product shipped to me twice via
FedEx. I found out later that only meant my backordered product had
shipped to Lexar and my Lightning thumbdrive had shipped to the
engraver. There was never an online status update when my Lightning
actually shipped to me.
If you call Lexar customer service and ask for
a status update on your order they cannot be any more specific than
saying your product will arrive in “a couple of weeks.” The process of
trying to pull information out of Lexar is unforgiving and maddening
and, while Lexar blame their delays on the lack of product due to
overwhelming popularity of the JumpDrive Lightning, I always counter
their argument with, “We wouldn’t mind the delays if you could be more
specific in telling us the status of our order.”
Waiting over 10 weeks
to get the product is a bit silly.
I love these portable USB “thumbdrives” and I have an old SanDisk Cruzer Titanium version I bought a year ago that logs in at 512MB for storage capacity.
Cruzer Titanium. This thing is heavy and tough. The JumpDrive Lightning is light, but flimsy and plastic-feeling.
Lexar Lightning. When data is exchanged on the drives a blue light
flickers to indicate read/write action. The Cruzer light, however, is
an awful bright blue that is “on” the entire time you have it plugged
into your computer. That light makes the Cruzer really hot to handle.
The Lightning, on the other hand, only flickers its light when
something is actually happening. That means the Lightning is cooler and
not as obnoxious with an always-on light status.
The Cruzer is sleek and sexy. The Lightning is just sleek.
Neither. Each of these drives claim they can
hang on a keychain. Bwa-ha! No chance. They are both too big and too
ugly to fit on anyone’s keychain.
Lightning. I had my email address engraved
on my Lightning and that process added two weeks to my order. The
engraving looks okay but not great. The Cruzer doesn’t offer an
engraving option and I don’t know if it is even possible to engrave on
Titanium. Oh, and my 512MB Cruzer has an entire shell made of Titanium.
I hear rumors the 1gig Cruzer Titanium only has a Titanium “coating”
instead of being entirely made out of the stuff.
Lightning. Bright and chrome-like. The Cruzer has a duller finish
Cruzer. Every time you touch the Lightning
you leave behind essential oils, sweat, fingerprints and other
disgusting bodily secretions. With the Cruzer you leave behind no
evidence of how dirty your hands are every day. Lexar knows
fingerprints are a problem because they include a special Lexar
â€œpolishing cloth — to keep Lightning clean.
Tie. I thought this would have been hands-down
winner for the Lightning since my Cruzer was a year older. Not so. Both
drives are equally speedy in saving data.
Lightning. Lexar write great software.
Backing up and securing information is simple with the Lighting and it
takes little effort to get those two Gigs working to back you up.
Cruzer. I like the slider action on the
Cruzer that exposes and withdraws the USB connector compared to the cap
you have to use on the Lightning to protect the always-extended USB
tip. I know I will soon lose the cap to the Lightning.
Lightning. 2gigs vs. 512MB is no contest. A
year ago the Cruzer Titanium was the top dog in storage and style. What
a difference a year makes!
Tie. Both drives are the same physical size. What a difference a year doesn’t make!
Depends. A year ago I paid around $300 for my
Cruzer and I paid around that amount for the engraved Lightning this
year. In 12 months the storage capacity of these thumbdrives quadrupled
while the price, theoretically, stayed the same.
My Lexar 2gig JumpDrive Lightning 120X has become my emergency fire backup system.
All my important documents and files are automatically synched to my
Lightning throughout the work day. If I have to vacate the house for
any reason, I unplug the Lightning, cap it, and run — and it takes all
of three seconds to achieve.