USB Flash Drives: Ratings of Sources
Total of 22 Sources
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Flash Drive Reviews
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com produces clear, concise reviews of flash drives including a handy highlight box that quickly lists the pros and cons of each product and the conclusions of the reviewer. Editors test each product and the results are summarized within the review. Each drive is given a rating which is clearly displayed at the beginning of each review. Reviews are current and include a variety of models.
by Nathan Kirsch
Our AssessmentLegitReviews' flash drive tests are among the most in-depth that we found. Nathan Kirsch, who does the majority of these reviews, covers everything a consumer might want to know about the product, from pricing and installing drivers to the energy consumed by the drive. Each page depicts the topic presented with clear language, graphs, charts and multiple photos. At the end of the review, there is no numeric rating; however, the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 and Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen 2 are given an Editor's Choice, the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 2nd Generation receives a Recommended rating and the Super Talent RAIDDrive is given the LegitReviews Innovation Award.
Archive for Category: Storage
by Bob Buskirk
Our AssessmentBob Buskirk's reviews of computer storage products are concise, thorough and technical without being beyond the understanding of the average consumer. Testing results are presented with multiple graphs and explained completely. Products are tested along with at least two others in their class in order to provide comparison. At the end of the review, Buskirk draws conclusions and gives the product a rating.
Best USB 3.0 Flash Drive: 5 Reviewed and Rated
by Matt Hanson
Our AssessmentReputable U.K. tech site TechRadar tested five USB 3.0 flash drives, benchmarking them for speed and cost per gigabyte and assigning percentage-based scores. LaCie's FastKey 120 GB easily ran away with the speed test, but was also the most expensive; Transcend's JetFlash 700 had the lowest price, but only performed in the middle of the pack. Still, Transcend's combination of features earned it the highest score in this review -- 90 percent. The Patriot Supersonic, with speeds trailing only the LaCie and a good value per gigabyte, is right on its heels with an 87 percent score.
USB 3.0 Flash Drives
by Editors of EverythingUSB.com
Our AssessmentAs in other categories, EverythingUSB.com's reviews are thorough and exceptionally well-balanced. Testing is superb and documented in detail. Test results and charted data form the basis for comparison, but there are no ratings. Reviews are mixed with news stories, so be sure to look for the word Review in the title. EverythingUSB.com thoroughly tests the ability of flash drives to withstand physical abuse. Illustrations are helpful; for example, they show the relative size of a number of USB drives. Numeric ratings are not awarded, making it difficult to compare models against each other.
External Storage: Articles & Reviews
by Editors of TomsHardware.com
Our AssessmentTomsHardware.com reviews USB flash drives on an occasional basis; the release of USB 3.0 has prompted new reviews of flash drives in this category, including an in-depth comparison of nine USB 3.0 models. Reviews are detailed and involve hands-on testing and speed benchmarking. In the comparative review, OCZ's Enyo and Super Talent's USB 3.0 SuperCrypt receive top marks and a Recommended Buy designation.
Reviews: USB Storage
by Editors of HardwareHeaven.com
Our AssessmentThis site performs some of the most in-depth testing that we have seen. Each product is discussed in turn and accompanied by several photographs. Following the summaries is the testing data; the models are compared to one another in a series of bar graphs representing performance in each test. Testing is described and discussed, as are details specific to each drive, including warranty information. The most recent review dates from early 2011, however.
by Editors of The-Gadgeteer.com
Our AssessmentReviews of several novelty USB flash drives are included on this site, along with summary reviews of several standard models. Reviews are brief, but do a decent job of pointing out pros and cons. There are no numeric ratings. News stories about new models are mixed with reviews.
USB Flash Drives
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site allows users to rate their gear. Since the site targets PC builders and other advanced users, the reviews are somewhat more technical and knowledgeable than those found on other user-review sites. The Patriot Xporter XT Boost and Kingston DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 models are popular with users here, as they are on Amazon.com, and earn Customer Choice Award Winner designations.
USB Flash Pen Drive Reviews
by Editors of PenDriveReviews.com
Our AssessmentThis specialty site reviews nothing but USB flash drives and other small removable media, and appears to be reasonably objective. Drives are described in detail, subjected to speed tests and checked to see whether they could boot with a USB-compatible flavor of Linux. The best drives are awarded an Editors Choice Award designation, indicating that they won a full star each for construction, performance, compatibility and features. The Patriot Xporter XT Boost and OCZ ATV rugged USB drive were among those recently honored.
by Editors of eTeknix.com
Our AssessmentU.K. site eTeknix.com performs benchmark tests on the USB flash drives it reviews, typically giving each a detailed evaluation. Drives are reviewed periodically and mixed in with other storage write-ups. Numeric ratings are not given, but the best flash drives receive awards and recognition. Among recent reviews, the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX receives an Extreme Performance Award; the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen 2 and the Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Extreme Duo receive Gold Awards.
At Last, a Key Drive the Government Can Love
by Greg Crowe
Our AssessmentGCN is known for its reviews of hardware and software for military and civilian government sites, and this review of the LOK-IT SDG003FM is typically thorough. Most secure government sites have been unable to use flash drives because of security issues, and reviewer Greg Crowe hails this USB flash drive as one of the first to reach the FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, solving that problem. He awards the drive a Reviewer's Choice designation.
by Editors of OverclockersClub.com
Our AssessmentThis site is dedicated to high-performance computer setups, primarily for gamers, and it intermittently reviews USB flash drives. Reviews include a physical examination, specifications and features, comparative benchmark testing with other USB flash drives in the product's class on a variety of performance measures, and a summary of pros and cons. The best drives receive OCC Bronze, Silver and Gold designations. Among recent USB flash drives, the Mushkin Ventura Pro 32GB receives a Silver award; the Patriot SuperSonic 64GB and Patriot Xporter XT Rage both receive the Gold.
USB Flash Drives
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwners posting reviews to Amazon.com aren't usually testing drives in a scientific way, but this is a great site for identifying ease of use or reliability problems. Most USB flash drives get good reviews overall, and there are thousands of models that have at least a few dozen reviews. The Patriot Xporter Boost and Rage models both receive very positive reviews from hundreds of users.
USB Flash Drives
by Editors of GoodGearGuide.com.au
Our AssessmentAustralia's GoodGearGuide.com.au and its sister publication, PC World (Australia), sporadically review USB drives, though no models have been reviewed in the past few months. Review quality varies greatly, but none qualify as thorough or comprehensive. Testing is often superficial, without the depth seen in other review sites. Reviews are minimally comparative and products are rated, although the reasons for the given ratings aren't always clear. Kingston and Corsair models receive the highest ratings, overall.
Corsair Flash Voyager GT 32 GB
by Michael Larabel
Our AssessmentMichael Larabel has reviewed only a handful of flash drives in the last two years, but the reviews, which include published benchmark tests, are very good. Other testing, such as for durability, isn't addressed. Relevant comparisons are exceptional, and the conclusions definitively position each product. Model types, pricing and warranties are also discussed. Though it's a bit pricey, Larabel concludes that the Corsair Flash Voyager is a good value.
USB Flash Drives
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentThis site's reviews offer helpful information, though flash drive reviews are sporadic. An Editor's Choice hasn't been awarded in this category since 2009. The Patriot Memory Supersonic flash drive gets the highest current rating among recent reviews.
2012 Best USB Flash Drive Product Comparisons and Reviews
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThe most impressive thing about TopTenReviews.com's USB flash drive reviews is the landing page, which features a comprehensive comparison chart. The 10 reviewed models are charted with reference to editors' ratings, product features, bundled software, product support and a per-mega/gigabyte cost analysis. Products are rated on four criteria and then assigned an overall rating. Unfortunately, the reviews themselves fall short. There is no indication that the models have actually been tested or used by the experts at TopTenReviews.com; rather, each review consists of a very brief, condensed summary of manufacturer data. This is a great site to compare features and software of various flash drives, but does not provide reliable, expert analysis of drive performance.
2012 Secure USB Drive Comparisons and Reviews
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentLike the main USB flash drive review page at TopTenReviews, the Secure USB Drive landing page offers a comprehensive comparison chart with seven security-oriented USB flash drive models. Again, most ratings appear to be based largely on manufacturers' specifications. The IronKey Personal D200 (now part of Imation Mobile Security) easily walks away with the only perfect 4 star rating, in part because of its FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation and built-in anti-malware software.
by Michael Aulia
Our AssessmentUSB flash drive reviews are intermittent on this site, and mostly are of Kingston models, but comprehensive when they appear, including benchmark testing, hands-on evaluation and, in the most recent reviews, a rating between one and five stars. Reviewer Michael Aulia gives the Kingston HyperX 3.0 a perfect 5-star rating. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen 2 receives a very positive review, though he notes it's a bit bulky, and he also gives praise to the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+.
USB Flash Drives
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET's reviews are typically thorough and well-researched; however, their reviews of USB flash drives are few and far between. No recent models have been reviewed, and of those commonly available, none are highly recommended.
Memory and Storage
by Editors of Guru3D.com
Our AssessmentGuru3D.com is not the most professionally written site, and it is primarily oriented toward heavy graphics and video users. But the few flash drives evaluated here are benchmarked and tested, reviews are detailed, and the best drives are awarded a Recommended rating. No numeric ratings are awarded. Reviews are intermittent, but include newer USB 3.0 models.