Cheap USB flash drives: How to choose one
USB drives are what everybody has nowadays and because of the usual cheap USB flash drives that are available everywhere, we tend to grab the first one that catches our eyes, looks cool or simply lower than the price range that we expected.
But what should we consider when want to go ahead and buy that attractive flash drive?
Flash drive capacity
We usually see what capacity we need for now, but considering double the needed capacity would
help a lot when we just need a little bit more. Some cheap USB flash drives are far better than
the old days and buying one would do the trick.
Many flash drives will last a few years and you might want to think about the capacity need for the
next 3-5 years. For example, if you already have a 16GB flash drive and you think you need a bit more,
consider at least a 64 GB drive, just in case.
Brand: Does it make a difference?
Yes, but the customers’ reviews are your best friends. There are brands that might not be well-known in your country, but reading reviews will show you that they are quite popular overseas and they are well worth the purchase.
Well-known brands like Samsung, Kingston, transcend, HP, etc all make some good flash drives now, that are within reach.
PC or Mac?
Remember to ask if the flash drive supports Mac data or it only supports PC.
This one is well worth the higher price. If you think you don’t need high speed, you will happen to
need it later. Even when we rarely need the faster USB drive, it is wise to buy a USB 3.0 comparing with
a USB 2.0 drive.
On the move or traveling?
You might want to think about:
- Water resistant
- Compact drives
- Key ring/bracelet/necklace
- Shock resistant
The longer warranty is better, of course. But as you are not buying a high-end drive, think about when
you are going to buy the next flash drive. For most people, even a 2-year warranty is more than enough.
Now that you are prepared and you know everything inside out about choosing a suitable flash drive,
you can buy one with peace of mind. By the way, I didn’t mention ‘Encrypted flash drives’ above, as
they do not come cheap and definitely not needed by most of us.
Have a good one,