The fact that an increasing number of laptops and other systems have equipped themselves with SuperSpeed ports has prompted Patriot to introduce a new line of capless Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drives. These USB 3.0 flash drives are set to come out sometime next month, and are supposedly more than a little economically priced. A few numbers that are being thrown around are $25 for the 8GB, $38 for the 16GB and $55 for the 32GB, but these prices are not yet set in stone.
Each Patriot USB 3.0 flash drive offers some exceptional read and write times. This is due in part to the 2 channel memory controller that is built right in to the ‘push pen’ USB design. Essentially, the flash drive’s mechanical function works just like a pen in that when you push it, the USB connector comes out.
And, while we like for our USB gadgets to be stylish, what we really are yearning for is the speed that the Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drives guarantee through their in house testing process.
They claim that the 32GB device reads at 60 MB/s and writes at 25 MB/s. The 8GB and 16GB drives aren’t far behind with up 50 MB/s read time and 20 MB/s write time. All of this speed is backed up by a two year limited warranty.
One very sweet aspect of this fast flash drive is that it doesn’t exclude users who have yet to take advantage of USB 3.0’s super speed data transfers. Each of these devices, from the smallest to the largest capacity, is backward compatible. That means that if the most a motherboard has is USB 2.0, that motherboard can still accommodate the Patriot drive’s need for speed.
It is undeniable that consumers are looking for faster and faster performance, and finally we are seeing some more options that are not outrageously priced in the USB 3.0 flash drive department.
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