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Published on November 16th, 2014 | by admin

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SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review admin
Features
Performance
Value

Summary: The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 is very tiny but VERY FAST!

4.7

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SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Company: SanDisk
Product: USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Sizes: 16 (Reviewed), 32 & 64GB
Reviewer: James Wright

Welcome to the latest line of ultra fast USB 3.0 flash drives with SanDisk’s Ultra Fit that boasts read speeds of up to 130MB/s and write speeds 5 times faster than traditional USB 2.0 devices. The drive also boasts a 5-year warranty which gives the user additional protection in not just the longevity of the device but also the data that you store on the device itself plus some funky software as well. Coming in three different sizes that include 16 (reviewed), 32 and 64GB, SanDisk ensure that this product targets a variety of users from business people to gamers and those that love watching movies.

Specifications

  • Performance/Speed:
    • 32/64GB: Transfer up to 10 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives; up to 130MB/s read speed**Write up to 5 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives (4MB/s); up to 130MB/s read speed. USB 3.0 port required. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.
    • 16GB: Transfer up to 5 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives; up to 130MB/s read speed**Write up to 5 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives (4MB/s); up to 130MB/s read speed. USB 3.0 port required. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.
  • Available Capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB**1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.
  • SanDisk SecureAccess™ software**Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption and is supported by Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X v10.5+ (Software download required for Mac, see www.SanDisk.com/SecureAccess)
  • RescuePRO file recovery software**Registration required; terms and conditions apply. (one-year subscription offer)
  • USB 3.0 enabled (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Dimensions: 19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 mm; 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 in (LxWxH) – without cap
  • Operating temperature: 32° – 113° F (0° – 45° C)
  • Storage temperature: 14° – 158° F (-10° – 70° C)

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The Ultra Fit also comes with SanDisk SecureAccess which basically protects the data on your USB via a 128-bit AES encryption process so if you should accidentally lose the drive, you can rest assured that your data will be safe. However with that said, the unit is extremely small and measures at just 19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 mm with an almost non-existent weight. That’s probably my only gripe about the product is the size because you could easily misplace the USB drive due to its tiny size.

Features

  • Stays-put Storage for All Your Devices
    Extend your storage capacity by up to 64GB with this tiny, unobtrusive USB 3.0 flash drive. Connect it to hard-to-access TV USB ports for video playback or let it ride along in your notebook or car audio system wherever you go.
  • Move Media Super-fast Wherever You Go
    The wait is over with high speed USB 3.0 performance. Now it’s easier than ever to share your videos, photos and music collection among devices. Transfer a full-length movie up to 10 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives.
  • Keep Your Private Files Private
    The Ultra Fit USB 3.0 flash drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess, which creates a password-protected private folder on your flash drive. With your private files protected with 128-bit AES encryption, you’ll be able to share your USB drive without compromising your privacy.
  • Recover Lost or Corrupted Files
    With a year’s free subscription to RescuePRO® software, you’ll be able to get back that file you didn’t mean to delete or the one that went missing when your computer crashed. Ultra Fit™ USB 3.0 is extra safe and secure.

In terms of Benchmarking, we tested the product with CrystalDiskMark that is a popular (freeware) hard drive benchmarking tool and the highest read speed was 131MB/s with the write speed around 31MB/s. Compared to USB 2.0, it was definitely far superior using USB 3.0, especially with these high speeds.  With speeds like this, it also means that you can safely watch a high definition movie via a USB 3.0 port without any stuttering or long pauses.

Final Thoughts?

The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive may be tiny but it definitely a packs a punch when it comes to performance and is a must have USB flash drive, especially for those that want high speed read/write transfers. As mentioned, the only drawback is the size but apart from that, it comes with additional software to protect your data (included on the USB) plus access to RescuePRO for one-year which allows you to recover missing files.

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