SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 brings SSD speeds to thumb drive form factor

Peter, 05 January 2017

SanDisk is known for pushing the limits of portable flash storage - usually capacity, but this time it went for speed. The SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 promises SSD-like speeds in a thumb drive form factor.

Using a USB 3.1 interface, the drive offers read speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s. That’s fast enough to transfer a 4K movie in just 15 seconds points out SanDisk while we’d like to point out that these are more SATA SSD speeds (some M.2 drives get into the gigabytes per second range).

Anyway, the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 drive has an aluminum casing and a retractable connector for improved looks and durability. It’s safe too, SanDisk’s SecureAccess software can password protect files on the drive with 128-bit AES encryption while RescuePro Deluxe can resurrect files you deleted accidentally.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1

The drive will be available in capacities of 128GB and 256GB and will go on sale later this month. The top model will cost $180 and you can grab one from Amazon, Best Buy, Adorama, B&H and others. Note that $180 is the MSRP, stores that list this drive put it in the $130-$140 range.

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Don't worry for 3.1 adoption. As soon as USB 3.0 will completely surpass 2.0 (yeah, that old thing is still used widely), 3.1 will be more interesting. And price drops are also to look at. As I said, SanDisk is selling 128GB 3.0 USB sticks. This will...

then how long u want keep using old device ? another 10 years ? then complain it running slow ..... everything change to made it better , u want it , u have to follow it ....

It's not that people are afraid to change, just that USB 3.1 requires a 3.1 USB slot, which requires a new device. Would you buy a new device, while your old device runs just fine, just for USB 3.1? 3.0 is just fine and people don't need pocket SSDs ...