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The best USB flash drives (Pendrive) to buy in December 2019

The use of cloud services for storing data is increasingly widespread, driven by the increase in speed of internet connections and by an ever greater diffusion of connected devices. Despite this, storage on fixed and portable hardware components (external hard drives and USB sticks) not left behind. Taking into account the USB sticks (pendrive), we see that improvements are continuously made in various aspects, including primarily performance and space capacity to store data.Best pendrivesBelow we see which are the best USB pendrives available which we recommend purchasing.All the pendrives listed support USB 3.0 as the price difference compared to the 2.0 pendrives decreased significantly and the difference is repaid by a significant increase in data transmission speed both for reading and writing.

USB pendrives are sold in various "sizes" which usually start from 8GB up to 256GB (pendrives with higher capacity are also available but for the moment the excessive cost).

Although pendrives with higher storage capacities often perform better than the same with smaller capacities, this does not mean that they are always the best choice.

Often you can opt for the choice of pendrives with less storage space, it is all about knowing what it will be used for.

To those who need a pendrive for the sole purpose of transferring files, an 8GB pendrive can prove to be more than enough. Pendrives with 16GB and 32GB storage capacities can be used very well to store photos and their music collections. Pendrives of even larger capacities (64GB, 128GB, 256GB, etc.) are mainly intended for transferring or storing films and videos in high definition.


To get an idea of ??the storage capacity of the pendrives you can follow the diagram below and then choose the pendrive of the "size" that is most useful to you. It has been assumed that the space occupied, by type of file, on average that shown in the table following:

File type Occupied space
HD movies 14GB
Music (mp3) 3.5MB
Photo (jpg) 4.2MB

Let's see how many files can be stored in the pendrives based on the storage capacity chosen.

8GB USB sticks

HD movies Music (mp3) Photo (jpg)
0 2285 1904

16GB USB sticks

HD movies Music (mp3) Photo (jpg)
1 4571 3809

32GB USB sticks

HD movies Music (mp3) Photo (jpg)
2 9142 7619

64GB USB sticks

HD movies Music (mp3) Photo (jpg)
4 18285 15238

128GB USB sticks

HD movies Music (mp3) Photo (jpg)
9 36571 30476

256GB USB sticks

HD movies Music (mp3) Photo (jpg)
18 73142 60952

Best USB flash drives

After deciding the size of the USB stick (pendrive) that is right for you, below we propose those that we have selected as the best USB sticks to buy, also according to your budget:

Sandisk Cruzer Extreme

Pendrive Sandisk Cruzer ExtremeCut it: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 249 MBps
Sequential writing 204 MBps
Random 4K read 14.4 MBps
Random 4K writing 11.5 MBps

Lexar JumpDrive P20

Lexar JumpDrive P20 pendriveCut it: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 294 MBps
Sequential writing 201 MBps
Random 4K read 9.15 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.99 MBps

Kingston DataTraveler Locker + G3

Pendrive Kingston DataTraveler Locker G3Cut it: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 190 MBps
Sequential writing 60.7 MBps
Random 4K read 12.2 MBps
Random 4K writing 1.43 MBps

Transcend JetFlash 780

Pendrive Transcend JetFlash 780Cut it: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 192.8 MBps
Sequential writing 79.5 MBps
Random 4K read 6.3 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.2 MBps

Sony Micro Vault MACH

Sony Micro Vault MACH pendriveCut it: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 213 MBps
Sequential writing 53.5 MBps
Random 4K read 5.8 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.8 MBps

LaCie RuggedKey

Pendrive LaCie RuggedKeyCut it: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 182.2 MBps
Sequential writing 36.6 MBps
Random 4K read 5.5 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.1 MBps

Verbatim Store 'n' Go V3 Max

Pendrive Verbatim Store 'n' Go V3 MaxCut it: 16GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 136 MBps
Sequential writing 65.3 MBps
Random 4K read 6.4 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.4 MBps

ADATA DashDrive Elite

Pendrive ADATA DashDrive EliteCut it: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 185.7 MBps
Sequential writing 40.8 MBps
Random 4K read 5.6 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.1 MBps

PNY Turbo

Pendants PNY TurboCut it: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 196.1 MBps
Sequential writing 78.8 MBps
Random 4K read 6.5 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.03 MBps

Mushkin Ventura Plus

Pendrive Mushkin Ventura PlusCut it: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB.

Performance

Sequential reading 191 MBps
Sequential writing 46.7 MBps
Random 4K read 6 MBps
Random 4K writing 0.03 MBps

Those who need more storage space, but still need to be able to carry data with them, must rely on slower external hard drives (even if among them SSD hard drives are taking hold that at speed have nothing to envy to the slopes, the only obstacle for now their price).