Sandisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive
USB STICK IT TO THE MAN.
WHILE SAMSUNG SEEMS to still have the edge in the portable SSD market, the Sandisk Extreme 500 was a close second in our previous tests, but this device’s speeds have dated since then. In response to this SanDisk have added the new Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Drive to its range. By calling it a solid state flash drive, Sandisk wants to convey that even though it takes the form factor of a USB flash drive, it actually has the speeds of a larger SSD. And Sandisk isn’t lying: the drive pulls Sequential Q32T1 Read and Write speeds of 311.4/ 287.7 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark 5, a score that is well above any USB flash drive we’ve tested and beats the Extreme 500 by at least 10% across all speed tests. While it’s hardly novel, the retractable USB stick form factor is convenient if you want to carry it in your pocket, and comes with a plastic loop to attach it to your keychain. 256GB is a good amount of space, and the price isn’t over the top, but if you don’t have to have your SSD attached to your keys opt for the Samsung’s T5 and enjoy about 30% faster speeds.