In June of this year, SanDisk announced the new range of USB flash drives. The range included the thinnest, fastest and largest capacity flash drives. These are the Cruzer Facet, Extreme and Cruzer Glide, respectively. Earlier this month, SanDisk South Africa announced the availability of the Cruzer Glide and Extreme USB flash drives, and was also kind enough to provide review units to our team.
SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive
Of the 3 announced USB flash drives, the SanDisk Extreme stands out from the rest thanks to its USB 3.0-enabled capabilities. This means that the Extreme is able to “transfer, store and share large files up to 10 times faster” than average USB 2.0 flash drives, with transfer speeds of up to 190MBps.
In terms of its design, the Extreme doesn’t disappoint with its sleek black colour scheme. The build is sturdy, with no loose bits, and has an easy to use retractable slider. The only down side in its styling may be that it is a little on the lengthy side, measuring 70.87mm. When transferring files at high speed, however, this can all be ignored. On average, you can copy a 3GB file in 20 seconds and a 40GB file in 4 minutes.
The flash drive has capacities of 16, 32 and 64GB with prices starting at around R299, R500 and R900, respectively.
Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive
With the title of fastest USB flash drive going to the Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive, the Cruzer Glide USB 2.0 flash drive had to step up in another way to stand out. It does so by offering the customer the highest capacity flash drive with up to 128GB of storage. To put this into perspective, most SSD –packed Ultrabooks have a limited, maximum capacity of 128GB. The flash drive effectively doubles your storage space requirements, with secure, reliable and portable storage. Storage capacities range from 4GB to the landmark 128GB capacity; although the USB flash drive is currently only available in capacities up to 64GB, with the 128GB available by the end of Q3 in 2012.
Pricing starts at R49 for the 4GB, up to R350 for the 64GB version. Currently, there is no indication on the pricing range for the 128GB storage.