Choosing the best USB flash drive

USB memory sticks, also known as flash drives, are essential to how we consume data in this day in age. You’d be hard pushed to find someone who owns a computer but doesn’t own a USB flash drive. If you want to shift some files around, whether they’re pictures, videos or documents, then throwing them on a USB stick is a quick and easy way to do so.

You might also want to use one to backup important data, although external hard drives and the cloud are becoming more prolific these days. But USB sticks have the advantage of being small, compact, and easy to carry around.

These days, it isn’t worth buying one with a 16GB-32GB capacity. Basically, the price premium you pay for a USB flash drive two or four times the storage capacity is negligible, so always go for one with 64GB or more.

Kingston offer their ‘Technology DataTraveler 100 Generation 3’ USB flash drive, with 64GB of memory at only £10.89. It’s the most affordable 64GB USB 3.0 drive on the market and has a read speed of 150Mbps and write speed of 70Mbps.

For something a bit heftier, you might want to take a look at the Verbatin Pinstripe 128GB USB flash drive. They don’t, however, advertise read or write speeds. But at only £16.89, it’s well worth the cash.

Climbing further up the data storage ladder is the PNY 256GB USB flash drive. This has huge read speeds of 150Mbps and write speeds of 60Mbps. This will set you back £42.24.