Finally after a long time Intel and AMD have started to fully support the functionality of USB 3.0. Nearly all new devices are coming with USB 3.0 support, which leaves us with a dilemma i.e. which USB 3.0 Flash drive is best? There are hundreds of devices out there; we are going to narrow down your options by listing 10 flash drives of our choice.
1. Transcend Jet Flash 700
The transcend jet flash is a sleek looking 0.35 inches wide USB 3.0 flash drive that delivers impressive speeds of up to 70 Mbps read and 30 Mbps writing speed. Along with a fancy dress, transcend flash drive comes packed with transcend software pack. It can help you back up and retrieve data and even restore lost data. The transcend comes in 8, 16, 32 GB variants and at prices $ 19, 28, 49 respectively
2. Disk GO Edge
Next up is the Disk GO Edge, with the same reading speeds as the transcend Jet Flash this 3.0 Flash drive will do the work in a breeze. With an attractive design and free 128-bit AES encryption provided by Disk Go the Edge seems a good contender. Furthermore the Edge will read a 6GB disk in around 20 seconds and has a writing speed of 40 Mbps. Priced slightly heavier at 8, 16, 32 GB models priced at $ 29, 48 and 76.
3. Corsair Flash Voyager
The rugged corsair makes our list. Corsair is known for their high quality products, the flash voyager is no different. This stealthy looking USB flash drive delivers up to 63.3 Mbps reading speed and while delivering a modest 34.5 Mbps writing speeds. It comes in three storage options that are 8, 16 and 32 GB models priced at $ 29, 39 and 89 respectively.
4. A-Data S102
A-Data steps up with its grey aluminum finish USB 3.0 flash drive. It’s a sleek and small flash drive which is easy to carry and comes in 8, 16 and 32 GB variants priced at 13, 16 and 28 Dollars it is easy on the pocket. Reading in at 68 Mbps and writing speeds up to 31 Mbps the A-Data is a good option a subtle option.
5. Kingston data traveler DT G2 3.0
Kingston data traveller DT is a rugged, plastic plus brushed aluminum infused USB 3.0 flash drive. Weighing at 1.6 ounces Kingston is easy to manage though a little bulky. A removable cap keeps the dust and nasty particles away from the flash drive. We were not impressed by the cap design though, it will stay on pretty well on the front but the chances of losing the cap are pretty high and you are left with a “Bald” USB. You can get it in 16, 32 and 64 GB models that are priced at 33, 57 and 105 dollars. The Kingston can achieve impressive 99 Mbps reading speeds and can churn up to 65 Mbps writing speed.
6. Lexar Jump drive TRITON
Shifting up to big leagues we come across the Lexar JumpDrive TRITON. The JumpDrive aesthetically pleasing, unlike the Kingston it has a “hiding” design i.e. the USB slides into the metal and plastic infused casing. Lexar is offering this 3.0 USB flash drive in 16, 32 and 64 GB models at prices of $ 44, 71 and 132 apiece. Now the best bit, the Lexar can push up to 150 Mbps reading and writing speed which blow pasts our previous options. Although priced heavily, it still remains a good option
7. Patriot Supersonic
Slowly moving on towards the big leagues we stumbled upon the patriot supersonic. The sleek black USB flash drive caught our eyes because unlike previous flash drives it was the least “flashy” one. Rather unlikely. Anyways, we are glad that we saw it; you can have the patriot in 32 and 64 GB models that will cost you around 54$ for the 32 GB model and 72$ for the 64 GB model. That’s not much in our opinion especially considering the speeds the device can achieve. It can read at the speed of around 125 Mbps and write at 85Mbps which is impressive considering the previous options.
8. Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0
It has been over two years since the launch of USB 3.0. Sony Corporation looking at that fact and announced their first USB flash drive which support 3.0 USB technology. The sleek Aluminum finished USB weighs 14 grams and comes in 8, 16, 32 and 64 GB models. The prices list from 16$ for 8GB model 25$ for 16 GB model and 40$ for 32 GB model. The Reading speeds reach up to 120 mbps while it can write at 90 mbps.
9. SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0
It isn’t much of a surprise that sandisk has jumped into the race to deliver high speed USB flash drives. Placed in the cruzer series the sandisk extreme delivers whopping speeds at 190 Mbps read and write. The extreme comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB models they cost 65, 102 and 159 Dollars respectively. We can assure the quality will be great, the design features a cap less slid in design which we love because caps get lose all the times. The vibrant colors and a steady built put’s it up as a top contender.
10. Kingston Data traveller Hyper X 3.0
The Kingston Hyper X offers 8-channel memory architecture giving it an edge over its competition. The Hyper X can deliver whopping speeds of 225 Mbps read and 135Mbps write, this is truly something amazing to look for. The Hyper X comes in vibrant blue color which makes it aesthetically pleasing and the built quality goes on to compliment the rugged design. Kingston is set to offer it unique flash drive at 64, 128 and 256 GB models with a price tag of 200, 400 and 600 Dollars respectively. The priciest option no doubt, but considering they have brought something new makes it a deserving candidate. Do keep in mind that SSD technology when it came around had high price tags, who knows the price of Hyper X drops in near future. In the end we leave you with a chart describing the differences in writing and reading speeds of these 10 devices