Perhaps one of the like demons between these keys (apart from actually losing them) is the packaging it comes in. OCZ has also insisted on using the hermetic seal style packaging - also noted as the one that usually cuts you more than you can cut it during removal. Once we actually removed this devilish packaging though, we found OCZ's Rally key, a nice shoelace style lanyard, and an extension cable which was remarkably similar to Corsair's - with the main difference being that the ports had clear boots.
Moving on to the actual key itself, we can see that while it is quite long, it is indeed thin. Now, while this might not make the key feel as durable in meaty hands, it will certainly cause users to rejoice as their devices can be plugged in alongside the Rally without qualm. As you stare down the thin, ridged barrel of the rally stick, you can't help but notice its anodized black finish across the aluminum, and the Rally/OCZ logos, printed on each side of the stick respectively. Near the drive's continuously lit rump we can find its capacity - in our case the 512 MB model. As to the continually lit rump - its light remains blue until something happens or an application accesses the drive, at which point it begins to blink While it may not feel quite as sturdy as Corsair's notably durable Flash Voyager, OCZ's rally still feels nice and solid in our hands, and considering the fact that they've placed a lifetime warrantee on this little guy - we're fairly sure that OCZ thinks so too. Now, I be most of you are wondering what makes this stick so special - well, since it doesn't have abnormal strength, the Rally drive relies on speed, which is promised via "Dual Channel Technology". Thanks to the unit's solid construction, we can't very well rip it open, but we can tell you that it's likely to work a lot like raid - that being that there are two 256MB flash chips inside that are fed by a microcontroller that acts like a raid controller, placing these two chips in raid 0. While your data is indeed boned if one of these chips fails, that is usually the way it goes with many keys. Bearing the merits and pitfalls of OCZ's offering in mind, let's get on to what really matters - just how fast these can go.