It’s been a while since we looked at a flash drive and although the T183 isn’t going to set any performance records it’s certainly one of the more interesting drives we’ve had a chance to look at. Offering a bottle opener alongside other utility features I couldn’t pass it up when I stumbled on it.
Unboxing, Overview and Review
Flash drives are typically simple enough that we combine unboxing and the review into a single video. Here on the packaging side we have a fairly standard blister pack with a nice “fold to open” feature allowing it to easily be removed with minimal effort while still offering a shelf ready attractive package. One thing team seems to miss the mark on for their packaging is any form of performance specifications. Although they’re fully available on Teams website the package spends most of it’s area calling attention to features of the drive as opposed to it’s performance.
|Capacity in GB||Read speed(MB/s)||Write speed(MB/s)||Interface||Dimensions(mm)||Weight||Warranty|
|16||85||10||USB 3.2 Gen 1||60.3x18x4.6||19g||Lifetime|
|32||90||35||USB 3.2 Gen 1||60.3x18x4.6||19g||Lifetime|
|64||90||35||USB 3.2 Gen 1||60.3x18x4.6||19g||Lifetime|
|128||90||35||USB 3.2 Gen 1||60.3x18x4.6||19g||Lifetime|
The capacity that was ordered for review is the largest 128Gb model, which actually blew past the listed performance reaching 254MB/s for a peak read speed although still holding to the 35mb/s writes. This likely indicates that the T183 has gone through some form of mid life refresh with higher performing nand than it was originally designed for. Other features such as the bottle opener(Hooray Beer!) worked perfectly opening a bottle(and later the rest of the 6 pack) of red stripe with ease. As far as the box cutter is concerned I’m not going to stop carrying my pocket knife but it performed well on cardboard slicing into it with minimal effort. Durability wise it seems robust and impact resistant without any noticable damage having been bounced off my(concrete and steel) studio wall a few times.
This isn’t by any measure the fastest flash drive we’ve tested, pure performance still belongs to the Mushkin Impact or external SSD’s. However it makes up for that with clever additions offering magnetic storage, a scale, a bottle opener, and box cutter alongside 128GB of storage. As of the time of writing this drive was 16.99(I actually paid 17.98 so it’s dropped slightly) putting it priced similarly to most 128gb drives which tend to run between 15 and 25 dollars depending on performance, design and vendor. Overall I’m fairly impressed with the drive and although I don’t anticipate buying any more for myself I do see several being purchased as gifts in my future(Especially the 3 pack of 64gb drives for 26.99). If you’re curious about other variations check out our video on the T193 with Protractor as well(I actually bought that one first)