USB 3.0 Drive: Best High Speed Flash Drive for Mac, PC, Smartphone
USB 3.0 Drive Meets Growing Demand for High Quality Content, Speed and OTG Smartphone Portability
American consumers and global shoppers have realized the value of creating and sharing high quality content whether for vanity reasons, bragging rights or the need to improve their personal or corporate brand image. But beware, the quality of the flash memory — not the USB 3.0 label alone — determines speed.
Customers want speed but they also require mobility. Because so many of us are constantly on the go (OTG), we need a portable USB 3.0 flash drive that is fast, holds lots of data and is universally compatible with our Macs, PC desktops and our smartphones and mobile devices: iPads, Phones and Android tablets and cell phones. This allows us to access data any way, anytime and anywhere and share or move it quickly and easily.
These high speed, high performance USB 3.0 flash drives move 8gb, 16gb, 32gb, 64gb and 128gb data capacities at faster rates than USB 2.0 flash drives. This saves time and minimizes the possibility of data transfer errors or timeout glitches that may occur when moving large files over the Internet. With such high speed performance, a full quality movie can be transferred in 45-90 seconds in many cases. You can connect your mobile phone flash drive to your smartphone and watch a full length move when not connected to the Internet during long plane flights or train rides.
“…just because a drive is USB 3.0 doesn’t mean it’s all that much faster. At the moment, Amazon is selling a 16 GB USB 3.0 flash drive for just $15. However, reviews indicate that it performs at similar speeds to USB 2.0 drives. You’ll have to spend more for an actual speed improvement.” – How-To Geek
USB 3.0 Up to 5 to 10xs Faster
According to User Benchmark, USB 3.0 flash drives are theoretically up to 10 times faster than their USB 2.0 counterparts. USB standards place USB 2.0 at a maximum rate of 480 MB/sec and USB 3.0 at 5GB / sec, or over 10xs faster. OK, enough about theory. What actually happens in real life?
In reality, consumer tests have shown that there is a great deal of variation in performance speed of USB 3.0 flash drives (even for big name brands like Kingston, SanDisk, Patriot and Supertalent):
- SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express RC4 (16GB): 286.2 MB / sec
- SanDisl Cruzer Extreme (64GB): 220.7 MB / sec
- Kingston Data Traveler Hyper X Predator (512GB): 164.9 MB / sec
Many USB 2.0 drives that were tested came in at about 8 to 10 MB / sec range. The slowest USB 3.0 drive tested at rate of only 11.8 MB / sec, only fractionally ahead of the top-performing USB 2.0 drive.
Why Such Variation in USB 3.0 Performance? Answer: You Get What You Pay For
All other things being equal, the biggest factor influencing speed of flash drives is the quality of the flash memory: as noted by How to Geek, the “fastest drive seems to achieve its speed by using ‘four channels of flash’ memory instead of a single one. This is obviously more expensive.”
USB 3.0 Smartphone Flash Drives
Our clients are increasing requesting dual USB 3.0 flash drives that plug into standard PC ports and also connect to tablets and smartphones. This combo provides both speed and mobility.
As depicted below, one end of the flash drive connects to a standard USB port and the other end can connect to most modern Android mobile devices as well as iPhones and iPads. An Android USB 2.0 mobile device flash drive (128MB) can be as low as $1.97 per unit when purchased in volume or about $2.99-3.47 for single unit purchases. USB 3.0 prices are about 2- 3 time the cost. Further inquiry.