In this article, we will be discussing the 5 best USB flash drives for 2021. USB flash drives provide you with the easiest way of data transfer from one pc to another and from one mobile to another. USB flash drives vary in shape, design, and features that they offer. Some of them come with a USB type-A and a YSB type-c port which we will be discussing later. A USB flash drive can also work as a data backup if your computer or laptop faces any abnormality.
And to avail all such convenience and features, you don’t need to break the bank. Buying a USB flash drive is not as simple as it seems. In order to help you in making some nice decisions, we have prepared a list of the 5 best USB flash drives for 2021. This list has been made by considering different factors such as the size, design, read and write speed, and whether they come with two ports(a USB type-A and a USB type-c) or a single one.
We have made this list after complete research and we hope that it will prove beneficial for you, and will help you in making some nice decision.
5 best USB flash drives for 2021 list:
- SanDisk 256GB Ultra Dual Drive USB
- SanDisk 256GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash
- Samsung BAR Plus 256GB – 400MB/s USB
- Kingston 256GB 100 G3 USB 3.0 Data Traveler
- SanDisk 256GB IXpand Flash Drive
SanDisk 256GB Ultra Dual Drive USB is at the top of our 5 best USB flash drives for 2021 list. This flash drive will cost you around 33.90$ and it comes with 5 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty. SanDisk 256GB Ultra Dual Drive USB supports a mobile app from android which lets you manage the content on your smartphone or tablet. As for the dimensions, this flash drive is 1.5 x 0.81 x 0.37 inches and is quite small in size. This flash drive comes with a USB type-c(in order to connect with smartphones, tablets, etc. for sharing data) and a USB 3.1(in order to connect it to your computer).
Since this flash drive also comes with a USB type-c port, therefore you can easily free up space on your mobile phone. The high-speed USB 3.1 provides you with up to 150MB/s read speed and 45mb/s write speed. SanDisk 256GB Ultra Dual Drive USB gets heat up while data transferring and it can be a downside for some people. As for the final words, if you’re looking for a nice flash drive that can be easily connected to multiple devices, then you can go with this one.
Samsung BAR Plus 256GB – 400MB/s USB is the second one in our 5 best USB flash drives for 2021 list. This flash drive will set you back around 34.99$ and it comes with a sturdy metal body with an integrated keyring. Overall, this flash drive is medium in size and has a rugged metal body. The integrated keyring helps you in protecting the flash drive from accidental loss. It is waterproof for up to 72 hours and shockproof for up to 1,500 gravitational acceleration. Samsung claims to offer 400MB/s read speed but normally it remains around 300 to 350Mb/s. As for the write speed, this flash drive comes with up to 60Mb/s write speed which is quite better than other flash drives in this price range.
Furthermore, Samsung BAR Plus 256GB – 400MB/s USB is magnet-proof for up to 15000 Gauss and X-ray proof for up to 50 Roentgen. Overall, the Samsung BAR Plus 256GB – 400MB/s USB has a very stylish and sturdy design and offers compatibility with all the well-known devices and operating systems. Unlike the above, it comes with only a single port and you will have to use an adapter if you wanna connect it to mobile and tablets. For the final words, this flash drive offers great speed and durability. There will be no other option if you’re aiming to buy the fastest USB flash drive in this price range.
SanDisk 256GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive is the third one in our 5 best USB flash drives for 2021 list. This flash drive will cost you around 30.45$ and it also comes with a Five-year limited manufacturer warranty. Unlike the first one, this flash drive doesn’t come with two ports. It comes with only a USB type-A port. This USB flash drive is very small in size as shown in the above pictures and it is very easy to transport. SanDisk 256GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive provides you with up to 130MB/s read speed and up to 45MB/s write speed which is quite cool for a USB at this price.
This USB flash drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess Software which helps you in protecting your privacy with the help of 128-bit AES encryption. As far as compatibility is concerned, this flash drive is compatible & supported by every known device and software such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Mac OS X v10.7+. For macOS, you will have to download software. As for the final words, SanDisk 256GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 is a decent flash drive. And if you are looking for a flash drive with a really compact size, then this one is for you.
SanDisk 256GB IXpand Flash Drive is the fourth one in our 5 best USB flash drives for 2021 list. This flash drive will set you back around 73.99$ and it is specially designed for iPhones and iPads. The flash drive comes with a flexible lightning connector to connect it to iPhones and a USB 3.0 in order to connect it PC or mac computer. As for the compatibility, this flash drive is compatible with the following iPhones and iPads: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 12.9 inches, iPad Pro 9.7 inches iPad with Retina display, iPod 5th Generation and newer, with Lightning connector and iOS 8.2+.
This IXpand flash drive can help you a lot to free up space in your smartphone. It comes with the feature of Automatically backing up your latest photos and videos every time you plug in iXpand. And you can also save the photos and videos that you are shooting directly to your flash drive. SanDisk 256GB IXpand Flash Drive also comes with encryption software that lets you password-protect your desired files. Through this software, you can give someone access to your complete drive except the files that you’ve protected with a password. As far as the read and write speed is concerned, this drive provides you with 80MB/s read speed and 20MB/s write speed.
And to mention, the official read & write speed is not announced by Sandisk. It has been calculated through tests and it can vary depending upon the host that you’re using. For the final words, it’s a great flash drive and will prove even more beneficial for you if you’re already in Apple’s ecosystem.
Kingston 256GB 100 G3 USB 3.0 Data Traveler is the fifth-best USB flash drive for 2021. It will set you back around 51.99$ and it comes with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and is also compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. Kingston 256GB 100 G3 USB 3.0 Data Traveler comes in black color with sliding cap design. The sliding cap design you to keep the metal cap away from accidental losses. It comes with about 5 years of warranty and free technical support. As for the read and write speed, Kingston claims to offers about 130MB/s read speed but it mostly remains under 100MB/s. The write speed ranges from 10 to 20MB/s, depending upon the host that you will be using. Kingston 256GB 100 G3 USB 3.0 Data Traveler offers compatibility with all the latest software and operating systems.
Since this is made up of plastic, therefore you will not find any kind of heating issues. If you’re a fan of USBs that offer to slide, then Kingston 256GB 100 G3 USB 3.0 Data Traveler can be a good option for you. The downside of this data traveler is its price. I will not say that they are providing crazy value at this price. There are many other brands(discussed above) that provide almost the same value but at a lower price. I will only recommend this data traveler if you’ve become a fan of its design and features.
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