SanDisk Unveils 128GB USB Type-C Stick

SanDisk, sensing the growing popularity of USB Type-C, has released its first range of dedicated thumb drives featuring the new reversible connector standard, boasting USB 3.1 transfer rates and up to 128GB of storage.

The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C, available in 128GB, 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB models, has sequential read speeds of 150MB/s (except for the 16GB version, which reads at up to 130MB/s), beating the speeds of its previous USB Type-C drive, the Dual USB Drive Type C, which could only manage read speeds of 60MB/s. The drives are also backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 Type-C ports. The devices also support the SanDisk Memory Zone app to manage and backup data across different devices.

“The super-thin SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C flash drive is designed specifically for next-generation devices with the new USB Type-C port. The reversible connector has a uniform design, so that it’s always right-side up, making it easy and fast to plug in,” the SanDisk website reads.

The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C is available now in the US – priced at $12.99 for the 16GB model, $17.99 for the 32GB, $27.99 for the 64GB, and $49.99 for the 128GB on Amazon – with the flash drive set to hit Europe and other territories any day now. Each model comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Kingston HyperX Launches Savage Series USB 3.1 Flash Drive


Kingston’s high-end gaming division HyperX launched a new USB thumb drive to replace the popular DataTraveler HyperX drive. The new flash drive to replace it is called the HyperX Savage and continues the performance scheme that we have come to love from the HyperX series.

The new HyperX Savage comes in three capacity version: 64GB, 128GB, and a mighty 256GB version. As it always is with thumb drives, capacity has an impact on performance and the larger drives are faster. The 64GB version is rated for a performance of up to 350MB/s reading and 180MB/s writing while the larger 128GB and 256GB models can write with up to 250MB/s. That’s quite impressive for a USB flash drive.

The new drive is USB 3.1 Gen 1 compliant to suit the newest notebook standards as well as any other USB capable device such as smart TVs and consoles. The relative slim design should prevent too much interference and blocking around the USB port it has been plugged into, which is a big bonus.

The HyperX Savage also looks pretty stylish with its simple black design with a large red X in the middle. It is backed by a 5-year warranty and Kingston’s well-known free live technical support.

Features:

  • Blazing fast transfer speeds: HyperX Savage delivers blazing transfer speeds of 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write (64GB model delivers 350MB/s read and 180MB/s write) to save time and let you quickly access files with no performance lag. Capacities up to 256GB provide plenty of room to store large files including movies, high-resolution images, music, games and more.
  • USB 3.1 Gen. 1 functionality: HyperX Savage is compliant with USB 3.1 Gen. 1 specifications to let you take advantage of USB 3.0 ports in newer notebooks and desktops.
  • Bold design: This stylish drive has an aggressive look that complements the latest PCs and consoles. Its sleek black casing is accented with the signature HyperX logo in metallic red.
  • Multi-platform compatibility: Use this versatile drive on multiple platforms, including desktops, notebooks and gaming consoles1 including PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360®. Its slim design fits in tight console USB ports and it lets console users quickly transfer their profiles.
  • Capacities2: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed3: USB3.1 Gen. 1 (USB 3.0)
    – 64GB: 350MB/s read, 180MB/s write
    – 128GB−256GB: 350MB/s read, 250MB/s write
  • Dimension: 76.3mm x 23.48mm x 12.17mm
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Warrant/Support: Five-year warranty with free technical support
  • Backwards Compatible: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

Patriot Memory Develops Type-C USB Flash Drive

Patriot Memory already has some great flash drives in their line-up, and the SuperSonic USB 3.0 drives is just one example on that. Now they’re almost ready with their newest flash drive and this time it’s a USB 3.1 enabled drive. The new drive doesn’t have a name yet besides ‘Type-C USB Flash Drive for MacBook users’, so that will be a surprise for later.

The new Apple MacBook is using the Type-C connector, but it’s not alone on that front. Google’s Chromebook Pixel and other Type-C equipped notebooks are on their way and I hope this standard will pick up faster than the USB 3.0 did after its release.

“As many MacBook users rely heavily on external storage options, we wanted to be at the forefront with a product that will cater to these consumers,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot’s Product Manager. “As a leading manufacturer of USB and flash memory, we want to offer solutions for our customers that are easy-to-use and provide seamless experiences across all their devices.”

Having a flash drive that just fits new systems wouldn’t be practical, so Patriot Memory made it a dual drive that also comes with a normal Type-A USB 3.0 connector. No compatibility issues here, you can use the drive in any USB-enabled system from version 1.0 to 3.1.

The new flash drive is expected to be available to consumers starting in June in both a 32GB and a 64GB version.

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 32GB Encrypted Flash Drive Review

Introduction


Encryption is becoming a bigger factor for more and more people these days, even more so with each hacking scandal and spying activity that makes the news. With that in mind, it is a pleasure to take a closer look at the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 with hardware encryption.

The normal sized flash drive doesn’t just come with hardware encryption by user-defined password, it also locks the drive down and reformats it after 10 failed login attempts. It is interchangeable between Windows and Mac OS, which is another great thing to see and something that isn’t always a reality on encrypted drives.

The DataTraveler Locker+ G3 also comes with the free USBtoCloud by ClevX, a backup solution that automatically backups your data on the thumbs drive to the cloud storage of your choice. At the time of writing, it works with Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, and Box; so you’ll still have a secure backup at all times, even in the event of a lost or stolen drive.

Of course, we don’t just want to secure our files, we also want speedy transfers. The DataTraveler Locker+ G3 will naturally be slower than an ordinary drive in this category simply due to the encryption. It still promises great USB 3.0 speeds up to 135MB/s reading and 40M/s writing; not bad for a 32GB drive, especially not for an encrypted drive.

The drive is as easy to set up and use as a normal flash drive. Upon first insertion you’ll run the application stored on the flash drive to configure it and afterwards it’s like using a normal drive – with the exception that you’ll need to enter your password before you can use it.

The durable metal casing with key loop further keeps your data safe from physical damage. It is robust, light and good looking at the same time. Companies can also get the drive Customised with logo and/or digital files preloaded.

Due to the way the drive works, with a read-only partition for the security software, the drive requires two available drive letters on your system. Not something that should be an issue for most, but still a thing to consider.

Kingston backs the DataTraveler Locker+ G3 with a five-year warranty and free technical support.

When People Take Things Literally, We Get the Severed-Thumbdrive

It isn’t always easy to get potential business contacts attention with a piece of paper, which makes some people take an alternate route to get noticed. Justin Poulsen is a conceptual photographer based in Toronto, Canada, and he took the idea of “thumb drives” very literally.

Poulsen specializes in building physical props for his surreal photos rather than relying on digital tricks and his goal was “allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of his craft”.

To create these unique, and somewhat disgusting thumb drives, Poulsen first created a mold of his thumb before he then embedded the ordinary flash drives into them.

But they looked to blend, so he hand painted the details onto each one of them. The result is almost too good.

We’re pretty sure he managed to grab the attention of anyone who received this digital packed portfolio in creepy wrapping.

Thanks to PetaPixel for providing us with this information

ADATA Launches Stylish UC340 USB3.0 Flash Drive up to 256GB

ADATA Technology launched the new Choice UC340 USB 3.0 flash drive. The UC340 flash drive features trim geometric lines and a clean glossy finish. It is stylish enough to use it to accessorise and to carry in a neck strap, purse, or on a keychain for example. The new UC340 flash drive is powered by USB 3.0 and the largest model with 256GB capacity can transfer with up to 200MB/s and write up to 120MB/s. The coloured head is a push click button to extend or retract the USB connector.

It won’t be coming exclusively as 256GB though, you’ll be able to get this stylish flash drive from 16GB and up. The UC340 features both of ADATA’s UFGtoGO and OStoGO features for extended usage abilities and come with a lifetime warranty.

The UC340 will be available through selected retailers and distributors shortly at an MSRP of £8.90, £13.90, £23.90, £57.90 and £123.90 respectively for the 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB models.

Thanks to ADATA for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ADATA

VisionTek Launches Pocket-Sized USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

VisionTek just announced the new USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized Solid State Drives for creative professionals, IT power users, and performance enthusiasts seeking ultra-fast media and large file transfers. VisionTek USB Pocket SSD comes in two sizes of either 120 or 240GB while being compatible to nearly all Windows, Mac OS X and Linux based systems with USB ports.

While this drive only has the size of an ordinary thumb drive, it can do a lot more as it’s basically a full SSD that is inside this drive. The drive itself is built from aircraft-grade aluminium. The internals are powered by a LSI SandForce 2281 controller that can deliver up to 455 MB/s reads and up to 440MB/s writes with a UASP compatible motherboard or USB controller.

One of the really cool features more and more external USB drives have lately, is the ability to download Boot Camp drivers and install a full and working version of Windows 8 or higher directly on the thumb-drive. This allows you to take your own Windows version with you anywhere and have your personal settings and files available on any system that can boot from USB. Another added bonus is that no external power supplies are needed, the drive can get enough power from the USB port itself to run, making it truly portable.

The drive also features the LSI DuraClass Technologies to offer better performance and power efficiency. DuraWrite is said to extend the drives endurance 20 times or more compared to other SSD controllers and the Advanced Wear Leveling and Monitoring ensures equal distribution of the data across the drive. RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) is another feature in the DuraClass technology that protects your data on the drive from flash block failures without typical RAID inefficiencies. The drive also features ECC correction, but there is no mention of how many bytes it can recover.

The new thumb drives have a 7 percent over-provisioning to ensure real-time redundancy and the error correction mentioned above. The random 4K performance is rated up to 39k IOPS and the drive itself measures a tiny 93mm x 24mm x 12mm, weighs 57 grams. It has a 2-year warranty attached beside the lifelong technical support from VisionTek US.

Both the 120GB ($109.99 MSRP) and 240GB ($174.99 MSRP) models are designed and built-in the US, and are available immediately from VisionTek, and select e-tailers such as Newegg and Tiger Direct.

Thanks to VisionTek for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of VisionTek