Pendrives has been a lot more than just a storage device. Tech Enthusiast who have a niche for storage devices has also been collecting it. In this article, I will list down Top 5 pendrives that will boost your performance and also help you in places where others cannot (with their speed and reliability).
Here are the slideshows of the pendrives, Scroll down to get the description…
#1 Sandisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive
This is a beautiful pendrive build by Sandisk. It gives you a blazing fast transfer speed upto 80 mbps which makes it perfect for the use of storing HD movies, operating systems, softwares which needs to run directly from the pendrive etc… It will give you performance without the cost of reliability.
From the Manufacturer
Move Files Quickly with Faster Transfer Speeds
With transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s2 the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive reduces the time you’ll spend waiting for files to move from the flash drive to your computer. Enabled for USB 3.0, this fast drive lets you transfer and store large files up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.
High-Capacity Drive Accommodates Large Files
Offered in capacities up to 256GB the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive can hold all your favorite media and important documents, including high-resolution photos, MP3s, movies, presentations, and graphic files.
Stylish, Portable Design
With its sleek black design, the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive is as stylish as it is practical. This compact and portable drive can easily travel with you in a pocket or handbag.
SanDisk SecureAccess Software Keeps Files Private
The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive includes SanDisk SecureAccess software, which lets you set up a password-protected private folder on your drive.4 Your files will be secured with 128-bit AES encryption to help keep them confidential, even when sharing the drive with others.
The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive is backed by a five-year limited warranty.
From the user:
First and foremost I trust SanDisk.
I was looking for a new USB drive of higher capacity and with a good Cut-Copy-Paste speed. I bought my new laptop from Amazon a few months back and as it has USB 3.0 port I opted for a USB 3.0 pendrive. This pendrive comes SanDisk secureaccess which encrypts your pendrive with a password and you can only open it and view by logging in the password which you have set ( using the software).
Now lets come to the design. The design of the pendrive is thumb friendly which means that I don’t need to apply unnecessary pressure to the pendrive to open it, and I received it in black color which was pretty awesome.
Read Write Speed.
The read speed of this USB drive is mind-blowing . I managed to take the screenshot of the file I copied from the USB drive and it averaged around 132 MB/s . Also when I moved the same file to my desktop the speed was around 121 MB/s. but the write speed is a bit slow though not disappointing and averaged around 35 – 44 MB/s.
Anyone looking for a USB 3.0 pen drive can go for this without any second thought.
If you are a tech enthusiast or anyone who really admires the beauty with elegance and performance just go for it. You wouldn’t find anything this good at this price range.
One more thing that you cannot ignore is the Sandisk 5 year warranty that comes with it. Use it the way you want 🙂
#2 HP X750W 32 GB Utility Pendrive
Yet another pendrive to store all your valuables safe and securely. HP pendrives has a niche of good looks and reliability. It comes with a metallic housing that makes it even more rigid and increases its life. The speed of this drive is not that fast of Sandisk Ultra but it gives you a more reliability. If you are a traveller who lives in harsh reality then this pendrive will compliment you in your every task.
From the Manufacturer
Metallic Housing with Added USB Safety and High-Speed Data Sharing
Unified with a stylish cap holder, the x705w HP 32GB USB flash drive features a metal-housing and light-weight design making it a first-rate choice for storing and sharing data at a lightning read speed of 80 MB/s and a write speed of 30 MB/s. The HP x705w 32GB USB flash drive comes with a USB 3.0 interface making it a compatible device with any desktop computer or laptop that runs on a Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or MAC OS 10.3 operating system. With a dimension of 70 x 19 x 8.2 mm and weight of 13.18 g, this pen drive is compact and easily fits your purse, wallet and pocket.
Updated Technology Integrated with Useful Features
The amazing HP x705w HP USB Flash Drive 32GB comes with a USB 2.0 and 3.0 backward compatibility, giving you an excellent data reading and writing speed. The attractive texture of the x705w HP USB flash drive adds elegance to this easy-to-carry device. This utility pen drive offers a huge capacity that proves sufficient for storing all your important data. HP x705w is a must-have device for a student or a professional. Its user-friendly features combines with the state-of-the-art technology to deliver an impressive performance. This portable and stylish flash drive proves to be the ideal travel companion.
- Capacity: 32GB
- Interface: USB 3.0/ backward compatible with 2.0
- Dimension: 70 x 19 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 13.18g
From the user:
A super product at an amazing price. If anyone is planning to buy a pendrive, this is a good buy. i bought this for INR 899. I am writing this review after 3 months of usage.
- USB 3.0:
tired of 4-12 mbps transfer of your usb2.0? Well i got 33 MB/S read and 25.75 MB/S write for a 1000 MB test of crystaldiskmark. And this too on a USB 2.0 port. In real world you will get a small fraction lesser than test speeds. So Buy USB3.0 pendrive even if you have a usb2.0 port. you will get these transfer speeds.(note: max speed that a usb 2.0 can give is approx 35MB/s(usb3.0 = 640mbps). So if you try to connect two devices and transfer, you might get half of that transfer speed for each device)
In USB 3.0 read speeds go upto 75 and write speeds to 30. Transferring large files with ISO or video formats is really fast. But same amount of smaller files like images mp3 doc etc, speeds get reduced.
Dont listen to people who say “Buying USB 3.0 pendrive when your computer only has USB 2.0 port is a waste of money because you will only get USB 2.0 speeds.” its true you get USB2.0 speeds only, buy you get FULL USB 2.0 speed, approx 30mbps. SO BUY USB3.0 PENDRIVE. plus in future you will have a device which will have USB3.0
Well i must say, the design is robust and really kept customers mind
– metallic body: not a full metal body, but consider a metal sheet rolled over a plastic body, we get this pendrive.
– USB male socket is metal like older USB models. So No worries of USB socket getting broken compared to plastic models.
– Inner parts are isolated from outer metal body with plastic in between. So Suppose that your computer is not properly earthed, and you are getting a slight shock when touching Cabinet.
A good product to buy at this impressive price.
There’s one more thing, it only comes with 2 years HP warranty. If you are not the lover of things then this is no big issue but if you are then you must look for Sandisk Ultra.
#3 Sandisk Ultra Dual USB 3.0
It is one of the most beloved pendrives by its users. There is a reason for this likeness. The name itself will give you an Idea. It comes with dual connector on head and tail. The head connector is used to connect it to your computer and the tail connector is a micro usb connector which is used to connect your android phones and laptops on the go.
From the Manufacturer
Free up memory to make more memories
Quickly and easily transfer your files between OTG-enabled Android smartphones and tablets and PC and Mac computers. The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 makes it easy—and fast—to free up space for photos, videos, songs, and more.
Flash Drive for Your OTG-enabled Android Devices
This is the flash drive you’ve always wanted, the one that makes it fast and easy to transfer or share files from your OTG-enabled Android smartphone or tablet onto your PC or Mac computer, or with other Android devices. Now your phone is always in the zone, ready to shoot more pictures and videos or add more songs on the go.
Dual Connectors Bridge Phones, Tablets, and Computers
With a micro-USB connector on one end, and a USB 3.0 connector on the other, this sleek, handy flash drive lets you move content easily between all the devices in your world—from your OTG-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to your laptop, your PC or Mac computer. The USB connector is USB 3.0 enabled and backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports.
Super-Fast Transfer Speeds from Drive to Computer
Transfer from your flash drive to your computer’s USB 3.0 port at the no-wait rate of up to 150MB/s3. Speed like this makes it possible to move whole movies, audiobooks, or music libraries in just seconds. And that helps make your Android smartphone the ultimate on-the-go entertainment device as well your favorite camera.
Available Capacities From 16GB To 128GB
Offering 16, 32, 64 or 128GB of storage, SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 gives you more than enough capacity for large digital photo or music libraries and plenty of room to move yesterday’s videos off your phone so you have room to capture what’s happening today.
SanDisk Memory Zone App Manages Files
Download the SanDisk Memory Zone app from the Google Play Store and use it to monitor available memory and efficiently manage, organize, and back up files stored on your Android smartphone.
Automatically Detected When Connected
This “plug and play” flash drive is automatically detected when you connect it to an OTG-enabled Android smartphone or tablet.
From the user:
The Drive is about 3 centimeters long and about 2 centimeters wide. There is a full size USB 3.0 connector on one end. The center of the drive has a metal ring that allows you to attach a lanyard if needed. Switching the drive over to the OTG connection reveals a full size micro USB connection ready to go.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual is factory formatted with the FAT32 file system and offers 28.9GB of capacity.
The drive was capable of 110 – 120 MB/s read and 15-20 MB/s write.
Mounted on a Nexus 5 I was able to play a 1080P Full HD MKV file (11GB total file size) with no issues at all.
As mentioned already the slider mechanism is a little hard and does not inspire the greatest confidence. I fear that this will be the first part to fail but only time and usage will tell.
So far I am happy with the drives performance.
Attached screenshots display drive benchmarks.
#4 Sandisk Ultra Fit 32GB USB 3.0
It is my personal favourite. You can’t expect more at this price range. It is high-speed pendrive with ultra low profile and small shape which makes it very easy to hide. If we talk about the transfer speed of this little fella, then you will readily buy it. It gives a dazzling speed of upto 130 Mbps Read/Write and it’s perfect for all type of media’s.
From the Manufacturer
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Transfer, Store, and Share Files Ten Times Faster with USB 3.0
With read speeds of up to 130 MB/s and write speeds up to ten times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives(1), the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive lets you quickly move, store, and share your favorite media. Use it to add up to 32GB (2) of storage to your device or quickly move files between your laptop, tablet, game console, TV, car audio system, or other USB-enabled device. You can even transfer a full-length movie in less than 40 seconds (3). And because the drive is backward compatible, it works in any USB 2.0 port.
Compact, Stay-Put Design with Generous Storage
This small, low-profile flash drive fits snugly in your device’s USB port and is designed to stay put, so you don’t have to worry about it falling out or breaking. And with 32GB of storage space, you’ll have plenty of room for all your photos, videos, music, and games.
Password Protect Your Private Files
With SanDisk SecureAccess software, you can secure your private files in a password-protected folder while keeping other files available to share (4). With 128-bit encryption, the drive keeps your sensitive files private, even when you share it with friends.
Recover Lost or Deleted Photos with RescuePRO Deluxe
The card comes with a one-year subscription to RescuePRO Deluxe recovery software (5). With RescuePRO Deluxe software, it’s easy to recover deleted or lost photos or videos and save them to your computer’s hard drive – even if the files were deleted months ago.
(1) Write to drive up to 10 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives (4MB/s); up to 130MB/s read speed. USB 3.0 port required. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.
(2) 1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.
(3) Based on 1.2GB MPEG-4 video transfer with USB 3.0 host device. Results may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors.
(4) Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption and is supported by Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X v10.5+ (Software download required for Mac)
(5) Registration required; terms and conditions apply.
From the user:
Tiny but high capacity and high speed USB 3.0 speed even with USB 2.0 ports. I have tested this pendrive on both USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0 Ports. Also compared this pendrive with USB 2.0 pendrive with both USB 3.0 Ports as well as USB 2.0 Ports. I have USB 3.0 Ports installed on my desktop motherboard using Transcend USB 3.0 PCI Card. Following are the results of transfer rate:
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Pendrive with USB 2.0 Port: 22.5 MB/s
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Pendrive with USB 3.0 Port: 82.0 MB/s
Popular Branded USB 2.0 Pendrive with USB 2.0 Port: 12.9 MB/s
Popular Branded USB 2.0 Pendrive with USB 3.0 Port: 13.8 MB/s
I didn’t find any cons with this pendrive. Rather its very small and therefore sometime user may find heating problem. But that is expected due to its smaller size as smaller size doesn’t radiate heat well but this heating doesn’t affect the transfer rate or performance of the pendrive at all.
I did check this pendrive with Car Stereo. Its working fine with most without any obstruction as I came across some reviews mentioning that songs play stuck up in Car Stereo Systems.
#5 Transcend JetFlash 810 USB 3.0 Pendrive
The first USB 3.0 flash drive in our Rugged series, the JetFlash 810 features a sporty rubberized design that is suitable for many types of outdoor activities. Aside from being resistant to water, dust and scratches, the JetFlash 810€TMs soft rubber exterior material makes it easier to handle and less likely to accidentally slip out of a pocket, purse or bag. It is good in transfer speed and you can expect a decent speed of upto 30 Mbps.
From the User:
For usb 3
Read speed : 35-40 Mbps
Write speed: 12 Mbps
These are the top 5 best pendrives for you to buy. I have used 3 pendrives from above and the reviews are 100% authentic. I have done some research before writing this article. In case of any query please do let me know.
And As always
Be my aficionado 🙂
Varun Shrivastava says
Thanks Priyanka 🙂