We usually don’t think too much about USB flash drive types when making a purchase. After all, they all serve the same purpose, right? And for the most part it’s true that transferring files is a simple task, but some flash drives do it better than others.
Today we are focusing on USB 3.0 flash drives. USB 3.0 is the third major version of the Universal Serial Bus standard. What makes it special is mostly its transfer rates, which can reach speeds of up to 625 MB/s. Of course, not all USB 3.0 flash drives get to said speeds, but they are indeed much faster than their USB 2.0 counterparts.
Those carrying around a few Word files and photos probably won’t care too much about transfer speeds, but some people manage gigabytes on the daily. They can’t be waiting around all the time, so we have put together a list of our very favorite USB 3.0 flash drives. Shall we dig right in?
SanDisk Extreme CZ80
The Sandisk Extreme CZ80 has no bells and whistles, and that is its main strength. It is simple and to the point, offering performance and reliability. Sandisk is so sure about it that they offer a lifetime warranty.
Its speeds reach 245 MB/s while reading and 190 MB/s for writing. Security buffs will also love that it offers password protection through SanDisk SecureAccess Software.
It is available in 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB versions, with prices ranging between $16.30 and $60.95.
Kingston HyperX Savage
For some, performance is not just something that needs to be experienced. Like a good sports car, some products are made to also look the part, and the Kingston HyperX Savage sure does. It has one hell of a bold design.
But its good looks are not all this flash drive has going for itself. It is pretty fast, featuring writing speeds of 350 MB/s and reading transfer rates of 250 MB/s.
The Kingston HyperX Savage comes in 64, 128 and 256 GB iterations, priced at $37.95, $69.95 and $109, accordingly.
Are you harsh on your technology? Then maybe you want to go with something like the LaCie XtremKey. This flash drive is pretty rugged. It can withstand heat, cold, shock, pressure and drops. It’s also a relief knowing this device can take a dunk and be submerged as deep as 200 meters.
Transfer speeds are pretty good, going up to 230 MB/s, but that is not really LaCie’s main selling point here. The XtremKey can take a beating and keep your files safe.
It comes in 32, 64 and 128 GB versions, with prices ranging between $49.95 and $139.99.
SanDisk Ultra Fit
The flash drives listed above are great, but they can also get pretty scandalous. Some people just want a thumb drive that performs well without being noticed. The SanDisk Ultra Fit is as discrete as they get. You will barely be able to tell it’s there!
The only downside is that it is not as fast as other USB 3.0 flash drives in this list. This one can reach transfer rates of up to 150 MB/s. Still pretty good, though! And its portability will be more important to some.
Not to mention the fact that it is also one of the cheaper thumb drives in this list. The SanDisk Ultra Fit comes in 32, 64 and 128 GB iterations, and the most expensive one goes for only $29.69.
SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0
Here at TabTimes we know how important connectivity with mobile devices is. This is why we have included the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0. It can transfer files at up to 130 MB/s. That’s not exactly the fastest, but this little guy has something special up its sleeve.
It has a full-sized USB port, as well as a micro USB connector with OTG support. This means you can easily transfer files to your micro USB-supported tablets and smartphones.
It comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, with the most expensive one going for $16.29.
Which of these are you going for? Are there any other USB 3.0 flash drives you think should be in this list? Hit the comments to let us know!