37 USB flashdrives review: serious sticks

USB sticks with a capacity of 128GB and 256GB

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Introduction

Flash memory chips are still getting cheaper, while they offer more capacity at the same density. Because of this, the capacity of memory sticks continues to increase. At the moment there are affordable models of 128 and 256GB, but are these even useful products? We tested 37 models to find out.


In the beginning of this millenium you could purchase a 128MB memory stick for a relatively low price. Quite useful for Word-documents and Powerpoint-presentations, an enormous improvement in comparison with the unreliable Zip disks (a sort of bigger floppy drive with a capacity of 100 or 250MB), the 1.44MB 3.5” “high-density” disks or the upcoming, slow and hard to write CDs.

About 15 year later you can purchase a flashdrive that offers a thousand times(!)  more capacity at a comparable price. Thanks to the increasing scale of production, 128GB sticks are rather common and there is an increase in sticks with a capacity of 256GB. We tested our first 512GB memory stick quite a while ago. Back then it was a technological statement, soon it will undoubtedly be purchasable for a small price at the exit of your local hardware store.

Kingston HyperX Predator 3.0 512GB
The Kingston HyperX Predator 3.0 has a capacity of 512GB, but cannot exactly be called a ‘stick’.


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