Sandisk ExtremePro USB 3.0 128 GB flashdrive review
What goes into your choice of flash drive? Do you consider what it is you are buying to store your precious data on, or do you view the purchase in the same way most people view the purchase of socks: a grudge buy where all of them are exactly the same. The issue here is that not all socks are the same, wait, that not all flash drives are made equal.
The issue, really is that there are two types of people when it comes to purchasing storage like flash drives and memory cards: you have the guy who walks in, and buys the cheapest or coolest looking drive in the size that he thinks he needs, not taking much else into account. The you get the shutterbug, that knows how important that data is, and that transfer speeds are important, as saving a few minutes off every full file transfer over 100 transfers all adds up into more time for work or to go get a coffee.
This drive is definitely for the latter person, someone that needs speed and size, without moving up to an external drive.
So let us start with this:
Is this what you want when accessing files? USB 3.0 makes flashdrives seem a lot more bearable, especially when loading up large images and videos.
So what is inside this drive? Here is the CrystalDisk info.
As you can see this drive has done a fair share of work already, with close to 50 hours of use. After testing I had had added 2 hours and a further 100GB of reads and 60GB of writes to the drive, just a reminder of how quickly you can rack up those hours and GB of use.
The drive supports TRIM and reports as a pSSD, which, if it is the case, is pretty impressive. Regardless the drive seems happy and only went up to 52 degrees during serious copy testing. Even with the temperature increasing, there was no visible thermal throttling, as the drive kept on punching out numbers within the same speed range.
My biggest issue with the drive is the capless, retractable format that is in use here. While I hate losing those little caps that protect the connector while not in use, this drive has no method to keep it locked in the ‘in use’ position, except for the resistance offered by it clicking into place. While there isn’t a lot of play, there is just enough play that it feels worrying, and the sounds of Windows picking up a usb device, disconnecting a device and picking up a connection in quick succession does leave me feeling rather anxious. Regardless, the solid metal case makes it rather sturdy for dropping in a pocket, the wobble when using the drive will take more testing to see if it causes a problem or not. In conclusion, there are many drives with a better R/GB value, which means this drive might be out of reach for most people who don’t have a professional use for it, but if speed and capacity in a small form-factor are important to you, it is worth considering.