Nov, 27 2019

PioData is no stranger to the data storage industry. Established in 2002, the company got its start as a distributor of optical drives and recordable media. PioData expanded its product lineup to include duplicators, LCD monitors and digital cameras before becoming a casualty of the highly competitive optical storage market. PioData's story does not end there though. A few years ago, Vinpower Digital re-launched the brand to fill a void left by a top Japanese manufacturer when it decided to exit the optical disc drive market. In addition to optical drives and blank media, PioData currently offers a growing number of flash based storage solutions.


One of the latest additions to PioData's product lineup is the iXflash. Developed as the ideal pairing for your iPhone or iPad, this flash drive is equipped with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectors. With these two connectors, the iXflash can be used to transfer files between your iPhone, iPad, or any computer with a USB port. PioData also offers a free mobile iOS app that allows you to take pictures and videos without using your device's internal memory and free up space by backing up your photos and videos to the drive. In addition, the app lets you use the iXflash as a portable media library and play back file formats that aren't normally supported by Apple.

Instead of coming on a card or in a clamshell, the iXflash is packaged in a small, white box. The front advertises key features like the drive's 64GB capacity and its support for Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. There is also a plastic window which lets you look inside the box and see what the drive looks like. The back of the box provides a bit more information regarding the iXflash's features, including its ability to instantly backup photos and videos and transfer them between your Apple device and computer.

The iXflash doesn't come with a lot of extras. Inside the box you'll find the drive and a small quick start with instructions on how to download and use the iOS app.

Physical Features:

The iXflash is fairly compact for a flash drive with both USB 3.1 and Lightning connectors. It measures 44.6mm long, 12.6mm wide and 8mm thick and tips the scales at a mere 10g.

 The body of the iXflash is constructed out of lightweight, gray plastic and has a nice looking, matte finish. The drive is also protected by a silver, metal swivel that rotates around its axis to expose the USB and Lightning connectors.

I wasn't able to crack the iXflash open. However, using Flash Drive Information Extractor, I could see that the drive uses Phison's PS2310 controller. The app was not able to identify the memory chips but the flash ID (983C98B3 7672) indicates it is TLC NAND manufactured by Toshiba.

In addition to having both Lightning and USB 3.0 connectors, the iXflash's biggest feature is the mobile app available for Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod. With this app, users can take pictures and videos without using your device’s memory, free up space by moving files to the iXflash and watch movies and listen to music stored on the drive.

The iXflash app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. Once installed, you'll find an "iXflash" on your home screen. Clicking on the shortcut will launch the app and, from the main menu, you can see how much is free on the drive as well as your device.