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No matter what you’re doing day-to-day, the best USB memory sticks are going to be a part of your essential kit. That’s why we compiled this list of the best USB flash drives, with a wide range of fantastic flash memory that’ll offer fast speeds, plenty of storage space and, most importantly, great value for money.

When we were putting this list together, we didn’t just look at the cheapest or smallest USB memory sticks, but also how much capacity these USB devices offered. In 2019, the best USB flash drives will carry huge amounts of data, from gigabytes of storage space to even terabytes!

The best USB memory sticks and flash drives also need to be dependable, so they don’t fail or break, making your data vanish into thin air. This means the best flash drives feature a strong build design.

To help you choose which USB storage is right for you, we assembled this list of the best USB flash drives you can buy today.

If USB drives are either too expensive (for the amount of storage you’re planning to use) or their capacities are just not high enough (or you tend to lose them a lot), freel free to check out our list of the best external hard drives.

1. Patriot Supersonic Rage 2

High-end USB

f you want one of the fastest possible USB memory sticks, then the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 is definitely the one for you. Sure, the price is high, but we were blown away with how fast the device is. If you need to move around large files quickly, then this is definitely worth the price.

It also comes with 128GB of storage space, which is a phenomenal amount of storage to carry around in your pocket. Just make sure you don’t lose it!

2. Kingston Technology DataTraveler 100 Generation 3

Best 64GB USB drive

Over the past two years or so, the rise in wholesale transportation costs has made it uneconomical for retailers to sell USB flash drives that were too small, with the cost of postage and packaging actually constituting the biggest portion of the selling price.

The Kingston Technology DataTraveler 100 Generation 3 is the most affordable 64GB USB 3.0 drive on the market with read/write speeds of 150Mbps and 70Mbps respectively.

3. SanDisk Extreme CZ80

Fast, reliable and cheap

The SanDisk Extreme CZ80 is a brilliantly priced USB drive that offers plenty of storage space and file transfer speeds. Although it’s priced more towards the budget end of USB sticks, the performance is anything but budget – this is a very speedy little performer.

The slide-out design of this stick means you can tuck the USB interface into the body when not in use, minimising the risk of it getting damaged while you’re carrying it around.

4. Verbatim Pinstripe

Best 128GB USB drive

the market on a per-GB. It comes with a two-year warranty and a capless/retractable cap design.

Worth nothing that Verbatim – a very well known Japanese storage and memory manufacturer – sells it on its website and usually has pretty good deals on the device.

5. PNY Turbo 256GB

Best 256GB USB drive

Another memory vendor that turned into a player in the USB market as well. which features a capped design as well as read/write speeds of 80Mbps and 20Mbps respectively.

These are not super fast speeds and if you want something with more oomph then check out some of the other USB drives in this roundup.

6. Patriot Supersonic Mega

Best 512GB USB drive

A USB 3.1 drive (compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0) from one of the most established memory players on the market but a relative newcomer to this segment.

It has a zinc alloy body with aluminium accent and reaches read/write speeds of 380Mbps and 70Mbps respectively. No slouch and one that comes with a five-year warranty.

7. Samsung T3 SSD

Best 1TB USB Drive

We’re solidly in premium territory with this model; not only does it offer absurdly high read speeds of up to 450Mbps thanks to Samsung’s own 3D V-NAND technology, it also comes with a three-year warranty and has a USB Type C connector. Note that it is much bigger than a traditional flash drive and costs about five times a spinning hard drive of a similar capacity.

In comparison, a 1TB SSD like the Samsung EVO 850 costs just £240. It comes with V-NAND based like the Samsung Portable T1 and it does boast speeds of 530Mbps and 520Mbps in read/write mode respectively. Note that you will need to get a separate enclosure to get it to work with a standard USB port.

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