We all use USB flash drives nowadays, be it for work or personal reasons. It is perhaps because of how widespread they are that there so many to choose from, each coming equipped with its own standards and particularities. Above everything else, however, a USB flash drive has to be reliable, it has to be spacious, and it has to guarantee the safety of all the files it contains at any given time. After taking a close look at what the market had in store, we found out what the best USB flash drives were along with what makes a good USB drive to begin with. Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at the ten best USB flash drives out there.
10SDCZ80-032G-A75 Extreme 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
SanDisk is well-known for making some of the best flash drives out there and the SDCZ80-032G-A75 is no different. Although smaller than some of the flash drives we will talk about next, it guarantees the safety of all the files it stores like no other. It also benefits greatly from a USB 3.0 interface, one that is guaranteed to provide much faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0 flash drives.
9Lexar JumpDrive P10 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
This 128 GB flash drive from Lexar is among the fastest USB flash drives out there. As such, it is capable of transfer speeds up to 256 MB when reading and 245 MB, which needless to say, is pretty decent by most standards. It also benefits from a sleek design with a metal alloy base and a high-gloss mirror finish top. At the same time, let us point out that it is designed to connect to virtually any PC or Mac system with no issues to speak of.
8SanDisk iXpand 128GB USB 2.0 Mobile Flash Drive
With this particular flash drive, you get the type of speed older USB flash drives simply cannot match. Behind its speed stands an ingenious construction that also helps the device sync photos and videos automatically when connected. It also allows you to watch videos straight from the drive, which is a useful feature to have. On top of all this, it allows you to encrypt files across iPhones, iPads, or any type of computers with relative ease.
7Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X1 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Thanks to its convenient size, you can carry this particular USB flash drive with you almost anywhere. It also benefits from a capless design that makes it easy to store and even easier to use on almost any computer. Not only that but it also has a blue activity LED to let you know how the file transfer is going at all times. Also interesting is the fact that this drive comes with a 5-year warranty, which may come in quite handy.
6Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit
As a result of its strong metal casing, this sturdy USB flash drive will last you a whole lot longer than most. Durability aside, it also benefits from a slim and sophisticated modern design that makes it easy to carry and store. Specs-wise, we should point out that it benefits from a NAND flash technology that makes the drive very fast and that it is waterproof, shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof.
5SanDisk Extreme 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
What makes this USB flash drive stand out is its tremendous writing speed, one that is about 45 times faster than regular USB 2.0 drives. Not only that but it also reads at speeds of up to 246 MB/s, which is impressive when it comes to USB flash drives. Furthermore, this USB flash drive has 128-bit AES encryption capabilities and a RescuePRO Deluxe data recovery feature to safeguard your precious data.
4PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
The first thing you notice about this particular USB flash drive is its impressive 256 GB size. Despite its size, this flash drive enables you to transfer files up to 10 times faster than you would with any other USB flash drive. On a related note, this USB drive benefits from a sliding collar, capless design with an integrated loop to make it easier to attach to key chains or clothes if needed.
3Silicon Power 64GB Firma ZN F80 USB 2.0 Flash Drive
This USB flash stands out by its exquisite metallic design that allows it to double as a fashion accessory as well. Not only is it stylish, however, but highly capable as well. For instance, it may only use a USB 2.0 interface but given its ingenious construction, it allows for much faster transfer speeds than most 2.0 USB drives. Furthermore, it benefits from a capless design and a COB feature to top it all off.
2PNY Attache USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Compatible with most PC and Mac computers, this USB flash drive will make it easier for you to safeguard your precious data at all times. Given the fact that it enjoys a capless design with a key loop, you will find it very easy to attach the device to keychains or any clothing accessory. As for the drive itself, let us point out that it uses a fast USB 2.0 interface designed to work at much faster speeds than most USB drives out there.
1SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
There is perhaps no better USB flash drive on the market right now than SanDisk’s Ultra Fit 128GB Flash Drive. This high-end flash drive will write up to 10 times faster than regular USB 2.0 drives, thanks mainly to its USB 3.0 connectivity. Interestingly enough, it also comes with the Secure Access feature from SanDisk which allows you to safeguard your private files and a Rescue PRO feature to recover corrupted files. All in all, it is perhaps one of the most reliable USB flash drives money can buy.