Sandisk Extreme USB 3 Flash Drive Review
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You know those cheap-to-reasonably priced USB Flash Drives that you have? The one’s that take 5-10-15+ minutes to do a large file-copy. They suck. I know, because – like you – I have a bunch of them laying around. These are the flash drives you can pick up on sale at Best Buy, Staples, etc… “16GB for $14.99!”. There are a couple of those sitting on my desk. Garbage. I have a really nice 32GB’er that’s made of metal and fits on my key ring. But it’s glacially slow. I hate these things. People, it doesn’t need to be like this. Life is too short for a number of things, and waiting for flash drives is amongst them.
Enter the Sandisk Extreme USB 3 series flash drives. They are reasonably priced, you can find them online for a around $1/gigabyte, and they are fast. Very fast…
This approaches hard drive speeds for transfers, for reads and writes, and on a price-for-performance scale, these Sandisk flash drives are an incredible bargain. While the Sandisk Extreme flash drives cost about 25% more than similar sized USB 2 flash drives, they are 8-10x faster, when used in a USB 3 port, of course. However, it’s not just the upgrade to USB 3 that gives the Sandisk Extreme’s their speed, but higher quality flash memory as well. Testing shows that, when plugged into a USB 2 port, the Sandisk Extreme is still between 4-6x faster than a USB 2 flash drive.
The case is pretty nice, but could certainly be better. The slider to extend and retract the USB interface is a significant upgrade from previous generations of Sandisk flash drives, and will actually stay in place. It has a notch for a key ring, but really isn’t slim or small enough for that. If you are tired of waiting and waiting for USB flash drives, but don’t want to spend too much money, the Sandisk Extreme USB 3 flash drives are the best deal going.