You only need to bump into a standard USB thumb drive protruding from your laptop once to realize why companies make smaller alternatives. Sure, they're easier to lose, but if you've ever ruined a USB port by being clumsy, that's a tradeoff you're willing to make. There are several options, including Corsair's new Flash Voyager Vega family of ultra compact USB 3.0 flash drives.
USB DRAM thumb drive shows off its uber fast RAM disk
When we first heard of this USB DRAM disk, we didn’t really know what it was, but we knew we wanted to try it out. Now that we’ve had a chance to kick the tires, we’re impressed, even though it’s not the most practical thing in the world. Then again, acquiring maximum performance is rarely practical, yet it’s still our raison d’etre.
Note: This article was originally featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine.
If you’ve ever wished you could just leave your USB key on your desk or in your pocket and still access the files on it wirelessly, SanDisk’s new media drives are sort of what you’re looking for. Unfortunately for power users, these wireless media drives don’t quite fit the bill when it comes to file sharing, but they are great for sharing media with portable devices, and they are dead simple to use, too. They also double as pocket-ready Wi-Fi access points.
Note: This review was originally featured in the November 2013 issue of the magazine.
What do fast cars and fast storage have in common? We're not sure, but let's not bemoan the pairing of LaCie and Porsche Design, a German design studio founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the Porsche founder and designer of the Porsche 911. These two firms decided to collaborate on a USB thumb drive and what they came up with is a slim, sleek, and secure stick that's made of steel.
Patriot Memory on Monday announced that it's teamed up with Meteor Entertainment to launch a "one-of-a-kind" SuperSonice Rage XT promotional bundle with Meteor's online mech action game, Hawken. The bundle pairs Patriot's 64GB USB 3.0 Supersonic Rage XT NAND flash memory drive with a game changing 7-day Hawken Double XP Boost, allowing gamers to level up faster in the multiplayer mech title.
World's fastest thumb drive uses Thunderbolt, not USB 3.0.
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel was showing off a prototype thumb drive that it claims is the fastest in the world. Intel can make that claim because unlike most other thumb-size flash drives, it plugs into a PC's Thunderbolt port rather than a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. In true thumb drive fashion, it plugs in without the aid of a cable, giving users fast access to 128GB of flash storage.
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.
Super Talent has come up with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 thumb drive the company claims is fast, secure, and malware resistant. The new USB 3.0 DataGuardian is fast because, well, it's built to take advantage of USB 3.0; it's secure because it requires a password to access data stored on the device; and it's supposedly impervious to all (not some) auto-run malware attacks.
We don't know if Transcend is dabbling in voodoo these days or what's going, but somehow the company figured out a way to cram 2TB of storage into a container that's about the length of a USB thumb drive and only slightly thicker than a penny. Some of the credit also goes to Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which co-developed the 'Thin Card' device.
Like Goose and Maverick, we have a serious need for speed, which is why it's getting time to think about replacing all those USB 2.0 flash drives with USB 3.0 equivalents. It makes sense, for the right price, now that you can't hardly buy a new motherboard or PC without at least one SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port on it, and according to Patriot Memory, the company's new Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive offers "maximum performance at an affordable price."