If you had a clear choice between quality and speed on your USB drive, which would you choose? In most cases, you would say quality because, at the end of the day, high quality is worth every penny whereas file transfer speed can result in sloppiness. But what if speed depended on quality just as much as quality depended on speed?
Speed affects the quality in using USB flash drives. Some USB features are fast and some are slow, but the markings on these storage devices rarely tell you which is which. So, buyers are at a disadvantage since they never really know what they’re getting unless they really dig into some hardcore research.
USB 3.1 vs. USB 2.0. USB Features.
Updated March, 2017. USB is short for Universal Serial Bus. Digital Trends ranked the USB as one of the top PC innovations of all time. The most commonly used USB driven devices today are handheld flash drives. These flash drives use high quality NAND flash memory. Here are the 4 speed types defined by USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 specifications. 1) SuperSpeed Plus (SSP), 2) SuperSpeed (SS), 3) Hi-Speed (HS) 4) Full-Speed (FS). Standard read/write speeds are as follows:
- USB 2.0: 4~10 MB/s write speed range and 15~25 MB/s read speed range.
- USB 3.0: 10~20 MB/s write speed range and 40~50 MB/s read speed range.
- USB 3.1: Improvements for USB 3.1, increase in data transfer bandwidth of up to 10 GB/s.
- USB devices can now (2017) have read rates up to 400 MB/s and write rates up to 300 MB/s.
The actual read and write speed ranged can vary from device to device, and they are affected by the components used to construct each flash drive. It’s important to always remember that the exact read and write speed range is never guaranteed.
The Best USB Flash Drives.
Picking out a flash drive can feel like picking out a new car. With all of the brands populating the market, how do you know which flash drives actually deserve your attention? Here are some tips to steer you in the right direction:
- Supersonic Rage 2 USB 3.1, Gen. 1 (USB 3.0) Flash Drive: Read and write speeds: 400MB/s (Read), 300MB/s (Write). The Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 uses MLC NAND and state of the art IC controllers for super speed performance. Working with large file transfers is crazy fast. This USB flash drive uses USB 3.0 technology and allows this Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 USB 3.0 to outperform USB 2.0 flash drives by ten times. Large 15GB file transfers take only a few seconds.
- Kingston brand USB drives: Kingston is one of the noteworthy names in the USB device market. It’s a trusted brand around for a while. Although Kingston doesn’t provide the fastest flash drives on the market (in fact, they are slightly below average in read and write speeds), they do make quality USB devices that are durable. Features customers like include budget friendly pricing, simple solid designs, and no removable cap to lose.
- SanDisk brand USB drives: SanDisk one of the most revered names in memory add-on technology. They are a trusted brand dedicated to innovation. Their USB flash devices boast some of the fastest read and write speeds on the market. Features consumers appreciate include slick designs, no removable cap to lose, and fast data write/read speeds. Unlike other brands, ScanDisk flash drives are moderately expensive, lack a handy key-chain hole, and their retractable USB connector design takes some getting used to.
- Corsair brand USB drives: Corsair is another common flash device brand. Consumers like their rugged, sealed, and aircraft-grade aluminum case. However, the devices themselves offer below average read and write speeds, and the overall device design feels oversized for a flash drive.
SanDisk and Kingston are two of the most popular USB flash drive brands around. They both offer internal and external USB drives with encryption and password protection features and they both offer reliable read and write speed ranges. In fact, SanDisk is somewhat above par when it comes to speed.
Research Your Favorites.
When comparing flash memory device features and selecting your favorites, avoid the want to make an impulsive decisions. Before buying a USB flash drive, research the exact brand and model you are considering. User reviews can be a strong indicator as to the overall quality and speed of the flash drive. Reviews can also indicate whether a specific model is prone to damage due to poor design or materials, and you can quickly determine whether it will endure your use. If you need more help with research or recovery, click here.