Don't be fooled by the Ultra Fit's small size
SanDisk today released its high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive family . Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, these tiny drives are only small in stature (19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 millimeters / 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 inches (LxWxH) without cap), not performance -- according to SanDisk, you can transfer a full-length movie in 40 seconds using an Ultra Fit drive, which offer speeds up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0.
All three capacities are rated to read data at up to 130MB/s -- certainly respectable, though not record breaking. As for write speeds, SanDisk says the 16GB model can write data at up 5 times faster than USB 2.0, while the 32GB and 64GB drives offer write performance that's up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0. That translates into about 20MB/s for the 16GB and 40MB/s for the 32GB and 64GB drives.
Size really comes down to personal preference. SanDisk describes the Ultra Fit as having a "modern design" for plugging into notebooks, tablets, TVs, gaming consoles, car audio systems, and more, and we can see the benefit on a smaller and thinner items like Ultrabooks and handheld mobile devices. On the flip side, we'd hate to drop one of these in a messy area and go hunting around for it.
The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 line is available now for $40 (16GB), $70 (32GB), and $110 (64GB). Each one comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software offering password protection and 128-bit encryption, as well as a one-year subscription to RescuePRO software to recover lost or corrupted files.