The Patriot SuperSonic is a super-fast USB 3.0 flash drive with such a reasonable price tag that it's worth considering even if you don't yet have a computer with USB 3.0 ports, and especially if you plan to upgrade at some point in the next year or two. It scores very well indeed on most benchmark speed tests, though it trails one or two USB 3.0 drives that are much more expensive. Most professional and user reviews of the drive are raves, though many note the heat its aluminum casing generates during heavy use (it's related to the drive's cooling mechanism). This is not a drive for people who want extras, such as backup software.
The one extra it does pack, though is shock resistance, courtesy of that aluminum housing. While the Patriot SuperSonic is not advertised as a "rugged" USB flash drive, it may be sturdy enough for most everyday users.
We found detailed reviews of the Patriot SuperSonic USB flash drive posted by Laptop Magazine, OverclockersClub.com, TechPowerUp.com, and NeoSeeker.com, among others. All are extremely positive, with several awarding the drive an editor's choice. Only the U.K.'s TechRadar.com is lukewarm on the drive, noting that for the price of the 64 GB model they tested, they could have bought a (much larger, but much faster) solid-state drive. Even so, they say the Patriot SuperSonic is a solid value. User reviews at Amazon.com and Newegg.com are very positive, though a few had quality control problems.
1. Laptop Magazine
Laptop Magazine gives the 64 GB version of the Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive a rating of 4 out of 5, praising its "blazing-fast" speed, hard aluminum construction and good value per gigabyte of storage. Drawbacks include the lack of included backup software. The site tests the drive's speed versus an assortment of other models, putting it clearly at the head of the pack, though most are USB 2.0.
Review: Patriot Memory Supersonic 64GB Review, John Brandon, March 8, 2011
OverclockersClub.com is a site devoted to high-end users, so it's not a surprise that the version they choose to test of the Patriot Memory SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive is the larger 64 GB model. Reviewer Alan Matson runs it through a series of standard benchmark tests and one that measures the drive's performance with custom files, concluding, "If you are in the market for a high-speed, high-capacity drive, I recommend you look at the SuperSonic and never look back." He awards the drive the OCC Gold designation, noting that the only flaw he detected was a warm casing during the worst of the testing.
Review: Patriot SuperSonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Alan Matson, April 14, 2011
This informative review includes extensive detail, hands-on testing and benchmarking. The writer gives the Patriot Memory SuperSonic USB 3.0 drive a 9.7 out of 10 rating, noting that its speeds are faster than the specifications from the manufacturer. The metal casing is rugged, though it comes with no extras and the separate cap is easily lost. The Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive is awarded a Tech Power Up! Editor's Choice.
Review: Patriot Supersonic 32 GB USB 3.0, "Darksaber", May 31, 2011
In this detailed review, Chris Lendenican puts the Patriot Memory SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive through its paces in a number of benchmark tests, finally awarding it a NeoSeeker Recommended designation for its speed, quality, rugged aluminum enclosure and warranty. It's not the fastest USB 3.0 flash drive on the market, he notes, but it's very speedy, with a larger storage capacity and smaller footprint than most other high-capacity drives on the market.
Review: Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Chris Ledenican, March 2, 2011
HiTechLegion.com tests the 64 GB version of the Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive. A helpful unboxing video gives a very good idea of the drive's shape and size. It's an interesting indication of how far flash drives have come that the site uses traditional hard drive transfer speed tests for the SuperSonic instead of the flash-drive-specific tests used by some other sites. Performance is judged to be "outstanding," though the price is noted to be steep. The Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 is awarded the Hi Tech Legion Editor's Choice.
Review: Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, George Cella, June 15, 2011
ThinkComputers.org runs the Patriot Memory SuperSonic USB 3.0 through a number of benchmark tests, finding that it has "a perfect blend of performance, style and value." The site awards the drive a perfect 10 and a Recommended Award #1 designation.
Review: Patriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Bob Buskirk, May 10, 2011
The U.K.'s TechRadar.com, contrary to virtually every other published review, finds the Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 drive to be disappointing in speed, and for the price of the 64 GB model they tested, they note, they could have purchased a 64 GB internal solid-state drive. They find performance suffers on traditional hard-drive benchmarks and file transfers as compared to the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64 GB, especially for writing many small files (a weakness of most USB flash drives). However, they do note that tested speeds are faster than the drive's specifications. Reviewer Neil Mohr likes the aluminum case, calling it "rock-solid," and writes the build quality is "second to none." He awards 3 out of 5 stars.
Review: Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 64GB Review, Neil Mohr, Feb. 3, 2011
8. CNET (Australia)
CNET reviewer Craig Simms awards the Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive an 8 out of 10 score, saying for the price, it's a good value. Pros include the USB 3.0 speed, and cons include the easily lost lid and additional speed still achievable for USB 3.0 drives. The site runs benchmark tests versus the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 drive and finds the Kingston model has a very slight edge, offset in the reviewer's eyes by the significant difference in size.
Review: Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 (32GB), Craig Simms, Sept. 19, 2011
More than 25 users give the Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars, praising its speed but noting that significant transfers can result in some heat buildup in the case. A few users complained about quality control problems, but most are extremely happy with the drive's performance and value.
Review: Patriot Supersonic 32 GB USB 3.0 High Performance Shock Resistant Flash Drive PEF32GSUSB, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 50 reviewers award the Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive a rating of 4 out of 5 stars overall on this site, which tends to have more technologically knowledgeable user reviews than other online retailers. Users are extremely happy with the drive's performance, physical size and transfer speeds, but some notice heat in the case during extended transfers. Some users complain of issues if they remove the drive without ejecting it from the PC's operating system first.
Review: Patriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF32GSUSB, Contributors to Newegg.com