Having a good USB flash drive is necessary for anyone who uses computers for work. These small devices can be plugged into a USB port and can be used for a number of purposes, from transporting a file to another computer to backing up some important work to uploading files that can then be given to another person. In short, these small tools are invaluable to anyone who does important work using their home computer, laptop or other USB-port-equipped device. If you are going to be using your flash drive to back-up or transport important files or data, you want to make sure that you get a high quality device. Here are your best options.
Transcend JetFlash 700
This small, sleek USB flash drive has all the tools and features to help users easily transport and store data and files. The most popular model of the JetFlash is its 32 GB drive. At only one -third of an inch thick, the 32GB JetFlash is one of the smallest and sleekest flash drives on the market that can provide more than a few GB of storage. This drive also comes with data management software, so users can interact with it in a way that is not always possible with cheaper USB drives. With transfer speeds of 70 megabytes per second, it can upload and download files very quickly so you can be ready to go in a matter of seconds.
Corsair Flash Voyager
This is not a choice for people ho are turned on by the small sleek design of the JetFlash. This is a tool for people who want a rugged, tough USB drive. The Corsair is shock resistant and water resistant. While you probably wouldn’t want to take this device mountain climbing or deep sea diving, it can certainly handle the drops and spills (and even an accidental stepping on) of everyday life without any problems whatsoever. It is not the fastest USB flash drive on the market, but it can certainly hold its own, and its toughness more than makes up for any drawbacks.
This device, from flash drive stalwart SanDisk, has a unique soft protection cap and some great security software that can encrypt files when they are uploaded to the drive. The Cruzer comes in a variety of sizes, with devices capable of handling 2 GB of data all the way up to 32 GB. SanDisk also has another advantage: great customer service. This is not something that is always available for small devices like flash drives, so it is definitely a big advantage for users.
Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn
For some people, having a small flash drive with a smart design is more important than having one with high speed transfer times and security features. The simple-but-cool demographic is what the Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn is aimed at. This device has a unique swivel design. The USB drive rotates out from under its cover, meaning there is no cap to fumble with. In its most powerful incarnation, it can hold up to 64 GB of memory (most other standard flash drives top out at 32 GB). That might even be enough to hold all the files that you need to back-up on your main desktop or laptop.
Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0
This muscular flash drive is one of the best for people who want a good price when considering the dollars-per-GB ratio. Its 32GB model currently comes in at about $40, making it a good value overall. Its shock resistant aluminum casing will appeal to people who are concerned about the occasional drop, while its upload speeds are comparable with the best in the business.