The USB 3.1 standard has been among us for some time now, but there aren’t many drives on the market that support this new standard yet. Lately more and more drives are being released, but they mostly just feature the new connectors and no real performance improvement considering the bus is capable of 10Gbps. That is no different with this new drive from Adam Elements and called ROMA, but it’s still something a little special. The clothing one wears don’t define you, but it can’t hurt to look good and the same goes for the Adam Elements USB 3.1 ROMA flash drive.
The ROMA drives match the Mac Book series perfectly with their Gold and Space Grey colours, and that is no real surprise as Adam Elements was founded in 2013 by Alan Cheng who previously worked for Apple Taiwan as a Senior Manager. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use the drives in any other system with the appropriate ports.
The ROMA features both a USB 3.1 Type C and a normal USB 3.1 Type-A connector for maximum compatibility to modern laptops, smartphones, and other USB 3.1 capable devices. You get 64GB storage when your purchase an ROMA and that’s not bad at all. It should be plenty for most people needs and enough to unload your smartphone data onto the drive.
ROMA’s USB-C plug works either way up, so users will never need that cursed 3-turn USB move again. Whenever data needs to be moved to another computer with a standard USB socket only, the connector can simply be swivelled around, and a full-sized USB 3.1 plug is ready to go. On both ends, ROMA boasts high-end transfer speeds of up to 130 MB/s, but whether that’s just read or also goes for write is anyone’s guess. My guess is that it only goes for the read speeds and that you shouldn’t expect much in terms of write performance.
The drive’s casing is forged from premium zinc-aluminium alloy which makes it shock-resistant and dustproof. In order to make transport easier and add to the design, ROMA comes with a brown handmade genuine leather strap which fastens neatly onto bags and clothes.
ROMA can be ordered directly from the Taiwan-based Adam Store and will also become available at European retailers shortly. The MSRP is set to £39.99 which isn’t bad at all for a stylish drive like this with 64GB capacity.