With native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 chipsets on the horizon and a whole host of USB 3.0-capable motherboards already on the market thanks to NEC, Marvell, and other third-party chip makers, there's no reason to saddle yourself with a USB 2.0 storage device, not unless it comes down to cost. Dollars and cents aside, Sony's new Micro Vault MACH USB 3.0 flash drive is a looker and a scorcher.
Available in capacities from 8GB up to 64GB, the Micro Vault MACH whips your data to and fro at up to 120MB/s for reads and up to 90MB/s for writes. Of course it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so even if you can't take advantage of the added speed right away, you can still own one of the better looking thumb drives, if that matters. That's because it's housed in a sleek, solid aluminum body with a brushed design.
The Micro Vault MACH series will ship sometime this month and includes a five-year warranty. Pricing has yet to be announced.