Looks like it might be time to ditch those old USB 2.0 flash drives you have laying around – 3.0 is on the scene in increasing force. How is 3.0 any better? It’s faster, and considering the file sizes of high-definition movies, that’s reason enough to make the switch.
The Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 flash drive brings USB 3.0 speeds to file transfers. Kingston put their new flash drive to the test using a 22 GB file transfer that involved a Blu-ray movie, 10,000 photos, and 4,000 songs, which yielded speeds twice as fast as USB 2.0 drives. The drive is retractable, so you don’t need to worry about keeping track of a loose cap.
If your computer doesn’t yet have a USB 3.0 port, the DataTraveler Elite 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0, though I would imagine you would want to hold off on one of these until most of the machines you use on a daily basis are 3.0 ready. That said, there’s nothing wrong with preparing for the future.
Getting in on USB 3.0 will run you $37 for the 16 GB model, $89 for the 32 GB model, and $135 for the 64 GB model. USB 3.0 is currently compatible with all operating systems except for Mac OS.