BLUE STREAK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

We have been see­ing USB 3.0 ports in lap­tops for quite some time now. But it is only re­cently that the next gen­er­a­tion USB de­vices ac­tu­ally started com­ing to the mar­ket. We tested the Sandisk Ex­treme 64GB USB pen drive to see the speed dif­fer­ence—USB 3.0 is sup­posed to be 10 times faster than its pre­de­ces­sor with trans­fer speeds of up to 190 MB/s.

We first copied a 1.5 GB file to the pen us­ing a Blue­tooth 2.0 port on our PC. That took about 80 sec­onds, which we thought was a bit faster than reg­u­lar. But when we copied the same file to a new lap­top through a USB 3.0 port the task was over in 25 sec­onds. Maybe not 10x faster, but it was still very fast. But then USB drives usu­ally slow­down when you are copy­ing mul­ti­ple files. We copied four files to­tal­ing 3.2 GB to the drive from the PC in 3 min­utes. The same set of files copied to the lap­top in just 30 sec­onds. And this is where USB 3.0 is re­ally go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence. If you have a new lap­top or com­puter, USB 3.0 is the port tagged in blue.

The USB 3.0-en­abled SanDisk Ex­treme USB drive comes in 16 and 64 GB ver­sions.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

The speed is re­ally worth the ex­tra bucks

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