Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:19

SanDisk claims world’s smallest USB 3.0 drive breakthrough


SanDisk’s new Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive has arrived on Australian shores in capacities up to 128GB and is available now exclusively at Officeworks.

USB flash drives, USB sticks, USB thumb drives, USB drives - they’re all names for the same thing, with USB drives the floppy disks and re-writeable CDs and DVDs of today.

Floppy disks died a while ago now, and while CDs and DVDs are still around, the people’s choice for ultra-portable and fast removable storage has turned to the humble USB drive for many years now, due to size, price and every speedier performance, especially in the age of USB 3.0 which delivers performance ‘up to’ 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Of course there are still plenty of cheap USB 2.0-class flash drives about, they’re perfect for small files, but if you have ever used them to transfer really big files, they can definitely be slow - which is where USB 3.0 has come in to save the day.

George Saad, Sandisk’s A/NZ Country Manager said: “The quality of content consumers create and consume continues to increase, generating higher demand for more sophisticated digital storage.

“With remarkable USB 3.0 speed and compact designs, our new high-capacity USBs let users enjoy even more of their favourite content without having to even think about running out of space. SanDisk is constantly engaging in new ways to leverage our flash memory expertise and deliver innovative, reliable solutions that really make a difference in consumers’ daily lives.”

SanDisk has long been an innovator in the flash memory space, and so it should come as no surprise that SanDisk’s Ultra Fit USB 3.0 line has been a previous award-winner.

Well, the news is that this tiny drive now comes in capacities of up to 128GB, double the previous 64GB limit, as the engineers at SanDisk continue figuring out how to pack ever more storage into ever smaller devices, with 128GB able to hold ‘up to’ 16 hours of Full HD video in a package that’s smaller than a 10c coin.

As the world’s smallest, it naturally features a low-profile, plug-and-stay design, so you can leave it plugged into your notebook and forget about it when storing your notebook away until you next need to transfer data elsewhere, and without needing to unplug it so your notebook fits back into its case.

But it’s not just for computers - any device capable of accepting USB storage is compatible, be it your other sized computers, tablets, TVs, in-car entertainment systems, games consoles, media players and more.

Naturally, SanDisk has ensure the drive has blistering fast performance, with speeds read speeds of ‘up to’ 130MB/s. If your device is compatible with this speed, you could transfer a full-length movie in less than 40 seconds.

SanDisk stands by its products, too, offering a five-year warranty, while its SecureAccess software delivers password protection and encryption for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10, and Macs running OS X 10.6 or better, as well as a year’s free subscription to RescuePro 6 to recover lost or corrupted files.

The 128GB model sells for $119.95 at Officeworks, smaller capacities are cheaper.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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