We all use USB sticks at work or at home, it's the easiest and often the fastest way to copy or transfer some files. There's a huge number of different ones out there - some extremely cheap, and others more expensive. It can be a challenge to find a good one, and now that USB 3.0 memory sticks are becoming more common, that's even more the case. Are they by default faster than a USB 2.0 stick? The marketing text on the packaging of course says so, but in practice it's not always the case. We tested 32 different USB 3.0 memory sticks and can give you the definitive answer.
When we test certain product groups there are times that we have to conclude that all participants are quality products. The distinguishing factors are then to be found in the details. Take SSDs for example. Nowadays all new SSDs offer adequate performance and are very similarly priced. We then have to look at other determining factors for deciding which one is the best to buy.
In other product groups the performance varies greatly, and you run the risk of buying junk unless you really do your research beforehand by reading tests and reviews. This USB memory stick test is an excellent example.