The 5 Best USB Flash Drives of 2012

The 5 Best USB Flash Drives of 2012

As your digital content travels from one computer to another, you’ll want to own a NAND Flash storage device that fits your specific needs – be it for work, school, or recreational use. Even with the recent trend of internet data cloud services, USB flash drives still come on top when it comes to remaining mobile with all of your important data files.

Whether you’re saving digital media, doing homework on-the-go, or storing vital data for work, these portable, compact usb drives should be your first choice in a storage medium. They’re incredibly easy to work with, cheap, and come in a vast range of designs that’ll satisfy whatever unique needs you can come up with.

Whether you’re at the office, on campus, sitting at home or catching the bus, you’ll find that there’s a perfect usb for you, and it’s probably on this list.

Do you want high data capacity without the bulk of a portable hard disk? Check out the 128GB Kingston Data Traveler R500. Looking for something super-small instead? The verbatim TUFF-N-TINY USB flash drive is small enough to get lost in your wallet, but retains all the storage capacity and data encryption capabilities of regular flash drive.

If you’re looking for a hardcore, password-protected data encryption usb, the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ (8GB) will protect your data with a 256 bit AES encryption in addition to offering both public and private partition options.

If you’re daily activities demand more physical durability, the rubber armored Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 takes on physical shocks and highly corrosive moisture like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

If high performance speed is your thing, there’s the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (32GB) which has USB 3.0 and offers read speeds exceeding 99 MBps.

So without further delay here at the 5 best flash drives of 2012:

1. Kingston DataTraveler R500

The Kingston DataTraveler R500 can store all of your digital content for wherever you may need it to go, resiliently putting up with bumps, bruises and an occasional dousing along the way. This 128GB usb drive may not be the fastest on the market, but it’s certainly one of the largest. Read full report

2. Verbatim TUFF-N-TINY USB flash drive

This wafer-thin flash drive can rattle around with the keys in your pocket for years. It could hardly be any smaller, and it fared well in torture tests. A simple encryption tool protects some or all of the on-board storage. Read full report

3. Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ (8GB)

The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ offers ultra-secure flash storage in a handy, affordable form. Read full report

4. Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0

The Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is a high capacity flash drive with a rugged design and an affordable price, but the performance lags behind speedier USB 3.0 drives. Read full report

5. Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (32GB)

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 (32GB) is a whole lot of storage, with speedy USB 3.0 connectivity and a sturdy design. Read full report

Vincent Clarke

Vincent Clarke is the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Guru for When he's not writing tutorials and catching up on the latest USB news, Vincent is busy preparing his next blog post and answering USB questions from his readers and subscribers.

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