Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive Balances Price, Performance And Size

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.

Patriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 High Performance Shock Resistant Flash Drive ($40) [Amazon via Wirecutter]


Comments

    I look forward to when flash drives and the connection they use are fast enough to rival ssds. Man. That'll be great.

    I can't believe I paid $180 for my LG 2Gb flash drive back in the day. :-(

      I can't believe I paid 70 bucks for a 128MB back in the day. A much earlier day.

        I can't believe I paid 50 bucks for a 16MB flash drive back in the day.

    I just brought a couple of the Kogan 64GB USB3 drives (http://www.kogan.com/au/buy/usb-3-flash-drive-64gb/) and have been pleasantly surprised - the quoted 70MB/s read and 35MB/s write is closer to 70MB/s read and 60MB/s write (using large files), and for $49 shipped it was a bargain.

    Damn it I just bought the Patriot Supersonic Express for the same price and its only pushing around 25/20. I have noticed its considerably more stable than any USB2 drive I've had though even if its not getting faster speeds, seems to get to top speed and stay there.

    If you want a seriously fast USB 3.0 flash drive, you should be
    getting a SanDisk Extreme - cheaper here in Oz and faster than this
    Patriot. And don't confuse the Supersonic Express with the
    Supersonic - the Express is not that great a drive (and has a
    questionable retraction mechanism).

    Sandisk ectreme usb 3.0 is pretty amazing. The 64gb version is up
    to 190mbs/s read and write up to 170mb/s. I have it hooked up to
    allsync software. I carry all my docs and books and videos and it
    syncs accross multiple work pcs in seconds.

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