25 best USB flash drives to buy [2020 Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Flash drives are extremely useful if you need to transfer files from one PC to another, or if you need to create a backup. Since 2016 is coming to an end soon, we decided to check out some of the best flash drives of 2016.

What is the best USB flash drive?

Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2


Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 is a high-end USB flash drive. This drive offers up to 512GB of storage space, but there are also models with less storage space available.

The drive has USB 3.0 support and it supports 8-channel technology for fast read/write performance.

Regarding the transfer speed, this drive supports up to 200MB/s read and up to 120MB/s write speed. Due to aluminum housing this drive can withstand shocks up to 15G.

Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 is durable and it offers great speed and capacity. This isn’t the most affordable USB flash drive, but it’s definitely one of the best.

SanDisk Cruzer Fit


First thing that you’ll notice about SanDisk Cruzer Fit is its size. This USB flash drive offers up to 64GB of storage space. Due to its size, this USB flash drive is perfect for your laptop, console or any other device.

This is a USB 2.0 flash drive, so it doesn’t offer the same transfer speed as other models. However, if you’re looking for a small and affordable USB flash drive, Cruzer Fit is perfect for you.

Kingston DataTraveler 100


Kingston DataTraveler 100 is a USB 3.0 flash drive with a smooth design. Regarding the transfer speed, this drive offers 100MB/s read and write speed. Just like all other USB 3.0 devices, this one is compatible with USB 2.0. Unlike other USB 3.0 drives, this one is rather affordable, and you can get 8GB model for about $6. If you need more storage, there are models up to 128GB available. Kingston DataTraveler 100 offers decent transfer speed, great design, USB 3.0 support and affordable price, so you should definitely check it out.

PNY Pro Elite


PNY Pro Elite is a USB 3.0 device that offers a reading speed of 400MB/s and 180MB/s writing speed. If you need faster-writing speed, some modes offer up to 250MB/s.

Compared to standard USB 2.0 drives, this one is about 60 times faster. Besides the speed, this device also comes with great design. PNY Pro Elite is a capless drive and it has premium gunmetal finish, so it looks impressive.

This is a high-quality device with impressive design and great speed. However, such a device comes with a price. The basic 128GB model costs about $45, but if you need more storage there are models up to 512GB.

SanDisk Extreme Pro


SanDisk Extreme Pro is a high-quality USB 3.0 flash drive. The drive offers read speed up to 260MB/s and write speed up to 240MB/s. This drive is about 60 times faster than regular USB 2.0 drivers.

This means that you can transfer a movie or a music collection to the flash drive in seconds. The drive comes with 128-bit AES file encryption software that protects your files from unauthorized access.

In addition, this device also comes with a durable aluminum metal casing that will protect it from shocks. SanDisk Extreme Pro is a fast device with great design, but such a device comes with a price.

LaCie XtremKey


LaCie XtremKey is rather different from other drives on this list. This drive has a metal cap that is used to protect the drive. That makes this device rather durable, so it’s able to withstand heat, cold, shock and drops.

Supposedly LaCie XtremKey is waterproof up to 200m which sounds rather impressive. Besides the durability, this device offers USB 3.0 support.

This device offers 230MB/s read speed and somewhat lower writing speed. In addition to protection from physical damage, this flash drive also has AES 256-bit encryption.

If you need more storage, there are 64GB and 128GB models available.

Lexar JumpDrive M20c


In addition to USB 3.0 technology, many devices use the new USB Type-C connector. This connector is available on tablets, smartphones and on some PCs.

It’s safe to say that Type-C connector will become the standard in the future, so you might want a flash drive that can work with it. Lexar JumpDrive M20c is USB 3.0 flash drive and it offers up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write speed. The drive comes with interesting protective cap design.

There’s also a key ring loop, so you can easily attach the drive to your keychain. This drive offers from 16GB to 64GB of storage, and you can get the 16GB model for a fair price.

Lexar JumpDrive M20c comes with great design, decent transfer speed and a new type of connector. Keep in mind that this connector won’t work with every smartphone or tablet, so be sure to check if the Type-C connector is supported.

Most PCs don’t have Type-C connector by default, but there’s a standard USB connector available, so you can transfer your files without any problems.

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