SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drives are considered the Editor’s Choice for USB Tips as far as high performance is concerned. It is designed primarily for the most demanding portable storage users. SanDisk clocks this USB 3.0 flash drive with an incredible (highest record flash drive speed to date) of up to 190MB/s and write speeds up to 170MB/s. With those kinds of performance numbers, you could (theoretically) transfer a 3GB file in 20 seconds or a 40GB file in just under 4 minutes.
SanDisk also incorporated 128-bit AES encryption and its signature SecureAccess Software into the SanDisk Extreme, which makes data protection easy to setup and use for consumers. You’ll be able to configure password-protected private folders on their SanDisk USB flash drive. In addition to that, the SanDisk Extreme also has a pretty tough construction, giving the flash drive a very comfortable and confident feel to it.
In the past, flash drives were never really associated with speed and performance. It was all about memory capacities and how the flash drive looked. But with the current stage of USB 3.0 technology available, that’s no longer the case. As you’ve already seen with SanDisk’s impressive specifications for their Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive. You should still take that information with a grain of salt however, since not all USB 3.0 flash drives actually perform at the level they are truly capable of dishing out. Speeds could range anywhere from that of a USB 2.0 device to almost 10 times that number. The SanDisk Extreme goes a long way to show what the interface is capable of when it comes to USB flash drives. Thankfully, it does this without breaking the bank (like many of its premium level competitors).
The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive is available at around $28 for the 16GB, $41 for the 32GB, and $70 for the 64GB model. That price is inclusive of a life-time warranty. For the purposes of this review we used the 64GB capacity flash drive.
- Available capacities:
- 16GB (SDCZ80-016G-A75)
- 32GB (SDCZ80-032G-A75)
- 64GB (SDCZ80-064G-A75)
- Performance/speed: Up to 190 MB/s
- Dimensions: 2.79″ x .84″ x .45″ (70.87 mm x 21.34 mm x 11.43 mm)
- Operating temperature: 0ºC to 45 ºC
- Storage temperature: -10ºC to 70ºCE
- Compatibility: USB 2.0 and 3.0
- Warranty: Lifetime
The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive has a very clean black design, and you can immediately tell the drive has a quality build when you hold onto it. The flash drive feels sturdy and durable in the hand. SanDisk uses a slider style design, which means that when it is not in use, the USB 3.0 connector is retracted inside the housing. All you need to do to access the drive is to simply use your thumb to slide it out. The mechanism feels very responsive and the slider has a surprisingly nice click-action feedback. This design protects the connector when retracted, removing the need for a cap.