We love our thumb drives, but they're not all created equal. Some are slow, overpriced, too small, too big or just ugly. The Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drive is fast, inexpensive, spacious and just the right size.
Even before building a couple of hackintoshes with USB 3.0 ports, I wanted a faster flash drive. I tested a handful of them and they were either too slow or physically too large to carry around. Instead, I opted for a portable hard drive and called it a day. Recently, I came across the Patriot Supersonic on Wirecutter, which included a comparison of most other USB 3.0 flash drives and nothing else came close to its performance — and some were even more expensive. Having tested a few in the running and also being disappointed, I ordered the Supersonic from Amazon and it was indeed the right choice. It's fast, it's cheap, it's small and it's not oddly designed.
The only downside, in my opinion, is that it's only available in 32GB ($US40) and 64GB ($US80). I use most of my thumb drives to make portable installers, so I don't need more than 8GB of space in most situations — just multiple drives. (Sure, partitioning could work here, but I'd rather have individuals.) That said, these things are cheap for the amount of storage and speed you get. If you're looking for a new thumb drive, this is the way to go.