‘Twas a day like any other transferring files using the Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 16 GB USB 3.0 stick (Original review). Upon unplugging the Patriot from the USB 3.0 port on the computer…it happened. After several months of reliable usage, the rubber exterior slide off without any resistance while the USB device itself remained in the port.
So, electronic devices molt too. The older Patriot Xporter XT Boost (red lettering on black) also lost its rubber exterior over time, and it seems that the build quality has not improved with the newer USB 3.0 model.
However, the Patriot XT has performed well au naturel and continues to do so months later without any data errors or lost data.
“Why not put the rubber enclosure back on?”
It’s tricky. This was attempted many times, but it seemed that the device was in greater risk of damage by trying to repair it than by leaving it alone. Besides, masking tape covers the vitals fine. As long as the USB is gripped near the connector and handled gently, there should be no risk of damaging the unit when plugging and unplugging it.
Reports from other users show similar experience at having the rubber casing slide off of these USB sticks, so this is not an isolated incident.
The Patriot XT Supersonicis still a speedy USB 3.0 stick, functions reliably, and is 100% compatible with Linux. In fact, this particular model functions like a USB champion well over a year since its original purchase. Just be aware that the rubber enclosure might slide off unexpectedly over time.