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USB flash drive has played an important part in our modern life in recent years. We need to store and backup our personal information and files, photos or transfer them to our mobile gadgets, laptops cell phones etc..

Let’s take a look at it for the best 8 hot selling USB flash drives this 2016 summer.

No.1 SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDCZ36-032G-AFFP

Price: $9.99

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No.2 SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ43-128G-GAM46) [Newest Version]

Price: $28.99

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No.3 Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-32BA/AM)

Price: $8.99

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No.4 Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-128BB/AM)

Price:$32.99

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No.5 PNY Metal Attaché 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – P-FDU64G/APPMT2-GE

Price:$9.99

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No.6 PNY Attaché 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – P-FD32GATT03-GE

Price: $7.99

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No.7 Samsung 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-64BA/AM)

Price: $17.99

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No.8 SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive- SDCZ36-128G-B35

Price $27.99

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We can see that there are 4 pieces of USB 2.0 and 4 pieces of USB 3.0. And we all know USB 2.0 is the most widely used USBs and USB 3.0 is the new high-speed standard ones with new interface for devices having USB c-type interface.

Among 8 besthe sellers, SandDisk And Samsung are the biggest winners, followed by PNY.

Before buying an ideal USB flash drives you can search for the reviews and look for some buying guides. The best way is to check the reviews of actual using experiences and stories.

USB flash drive is crucial for your personal data and data security. You can share with me what type of USB you want to use in this summer. Shop one that suits you.

What is USB Type-C and Why We are Excited About It
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

USB Type-C is an USB interface(connector) defined by USB Implementers Forum, Inc., creators of USB technology. Welcome to USB Type-C! Apple’s new MacBook has implemented the USB Type-C port, which will be the future modern product of USB Port.

USB Type-C Features

USB Type-C Features

From the shape, USB type C is greatly different from the common USB Type A. Although the USB technology has developed from the USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, and USB 3.1, the appearance of the port we mostly use is USB Type A, which has a right and wrong side when you plug it in.

With the newly designed USB type C, you needn’t worry about reversing the usb cable when plugging it in.

Let’s first get an overview of USB type C, except this easy plug feature.

  1. USB Type-C is a specification for a reversible-plug connector for USB devices and USB cabling.
  2. Rather slimmer and thinner than USB type-A.
  3. typeA and type C

    USB Type-A (Left) and USB Type-C(Right)

    As the following picture shows, the right side USB type-c is much smaller and thinner than the left USB Type-A. A Type-C port measure is just 8.4mm by 2.6mm. This means it’s small enough to work for even the future smallest peripheral devices.

  4. USB type C is USB 3.1 standard. High Speed as 10M bps and as a power port. 2X  Transferring speed of the USB 3.0.
  5. The USB-C connector supports DisplayPort, HDMI, power, USB, and VGA. Notably absent is Thunderbolt.
  6. USB Type-C is backward compatible but requires adapters. It’s fully compatible electrically with USB 3.0, though obviously it won’t plug in physically without an adapter. It is fresh that USB needs an adapter.
  7. Power Supports:

Indications are that the USB-C standard supports at least 100 watts of power delivery, so it’s possible that USB-C could replace most power adapters as a standard in the future. Using USB to power a laptop isn’t new, though. Look at the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro $1,299.00 at Lenovo, which has a full-size USB 3.0 power connector.

Look at the connector interface of USB type-C.

Type C interface

The interface port of USB Type-C Connector

Are there any latest USB Type-C applications in consumer products?

Yes. There are booming. Besides the Apple MacBook port, there are more and more USB Type c products emerge.

Watch this Video about USB type-c by expert of PCmag:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7d_17o0KsQ

I have collect some USB Type C products in the latest days:

  • Lattice Semiconductor Expands USB Type-C Product Family
  • Asus Releases ZenPad Flagship With USB Type-C
  • Google Nexus 5 2015 Release Update: Fingerprint Sensor, USB Type C

For Adapters:

The majority of USB type-c adapters are the USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapters.

USB type-c to USB 2.0 adapters for power

USB type-C to USB 2.0 female cable

USB Type-C to Mini USB data power adapter

Apple USB Type-C to USB Adapters.

Thought we need adapters to transferring data between USB Type C and common USB products. It is not long before we do not need adapters when the USB Type-C becomes more popular.

USB Implementers Forum, which is the creator of USB Type-C, says that Type-C USB is designed to be future-proof. In the future, there will be more and more USB Type-C devices for the fastest USB connectors. When USB Type-C becomes as popular as the current USB Type-A, it will be easier when we working with devices. We will hold tiny USB devices for both data and power connections. Just welcome the smart digital connection and cables of USB Type-c of USB 3.1

What is USB 3.1 and Faster USB 3.1 Features
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

What is USB 3.1 and when it was released

USB Technology develops fast as the modern technology is blooming in data transmitting. We have already known well about USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is widely used for data transfer among popular devices, such as PCs, tablets, hybrids, and mobile phones.USB 3.0 was first announced by USB Promoter Group in 2008. The new standard offers 10 times of the data transfer speed vs. USB 2.0 and is high efficiency that is 5.0Gbps.

When is the USB 3.1 release date?

The USB 3.1 is released on Dec. 23th, 2013 by USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is the highest level of USB standards until now with the fastest data transfer speed.

Why do we need faster data transfer speed?

This picture from Kingston.com can interpret our needs for data transferring clearly.

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Faster USB 3.1 Specification

USB 3.1 has a 10gbps speed. And deliver twice the effective data performance than USB 3.0. It is fully compatible backward with USB cables and connectors.

The specification is as the following:

• Delivers 10 Gbps USB data rate

* 2x improvement over current USB3.0 5 Gbps data rate

• Improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer leading to higher through-put and improved I/O power efficiency

• Compatible with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device protocols

• Works with both existing 5 Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, as well as USB 2.0 products

In common words, USB 3.1 is faster and more powerful than before, but it also consumes more power. With its release, the new Type-C 3.1 as a new cable and connectors is also introduced.

There are three connector of interfaces for USB 3.0(Superspeed+), Type-A(standard-A), Type-B(Micro-B) and Type-C.

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TypeA and type C USB 3.1 Port

Type B of USB 3.1 Port

Type B of USB 3.1 Port

Type-A(standard-A) is the most widely used interface for connecting. Micro-B is mainly used in Smartphone and tablets. And the newly introduced Type-C 3.1 is used for lighter and thinner, and slimmer devices.

The Type-C 3.1 interface Pin

Type C interface

Supply better power Charge

USB 3.0 Promoter Group has said that the USB 3.1 connector and port are designed to accommodate future updates, making them future-proof.

Also, the Type-C 3.1cable can charge your tablets, smartphones and other devices faster with its up to 100 watts.

The test by Asus of USB 3.1

According to the technology reports from Asus Z97A usb 3.1, when the speed testing software continuously reading and writing, the reading speed comes up to 781.2MB/S, and the writing speed 797.8MB/S. The same environment of USB 3.0 test result is separately 446.5 MB/S and 448.6 MB/S. We can see the efficiency of USB 3.1 clearly.

The Competition from Intel

The only rival is Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, which is found primarily in Apple’s laptops and desktops. While as to the cost, USB have great advantage. Acer, as one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, announced that it would favor USB 3.1 over Thunderbolt in all future devices.

Pamper Imagination of the Future.

Look forward to more USB 3.1 devices blooming in our daily life. The usb 3.1 is the most powerful USB interface with type-c. There will be more and more devices like computers, tablets, and computer calculating interface to apply the USB 3.1 interface. And the future advanced devices with the most efficient USB port will supply us faster speed for data transferring. We will have better experience in multimedia data applications. Let’s wait for more USB 3.1 devices.

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Toshiba is a major player in the NAND flash memory market. Recently, they announced a new line of TransMemory® drives that boasts some serious speeds.

With read speeds of 222 MB/s and write speeds of 205 MB/s, the TransMemory drives take full advantage of USB 3.0?s incredible transfer speeds. At this rate, copying large files such as games, music, photos, and system backups will take a lot less time than ever before.

But there’s more to the TransMemory 3.0 drives than just speed – they also offer large capacities for storing huge volumes of data. Available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, this family of drives offers big storage in addition to speedy performance.

These drives have a durable, highly functional design that includes an oversize keyloop for attaching to a keyring or lanyard. In addition to their exterior protection, the drives also keep your data secure with built-in security software and encrypted password protection. This will protect your important files in case the drive should fall into the wrong hands.

Maciek Brzeski, VP of Product Marketing and Development for Toshiba, had this to say about the new TransMemory 3.0 drives:

“Featuring the best performance, highest speed, and largest capacity of any Toshiba USB flash drive to date, this storage device offers blazing fast data transfers while ensuring that all digital information is securely protected.”

64GB drives retail for $129.99 MSRP while the larger 128GB drive goes for $199.99 MSRP. Each drive is compatible with both PC and Mac and is backed by Toshiba’s impressive 5-Year Standard Limited Warranty!

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The history of USB and other portable storage
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

I came across an interesting infographic from the web. Anyone know something about the history of the portable storage?  I still remember the old days when I was in high school listening the tape. Let us look into the details of someon’s conclusion.

The history of usb and other portable storages

The history of usb and other portable storages

Western Digital My Passport Slim HDD is a new type of portable hard drive developed by Western Digital Company. Both 2TB and 1TB My Passport Slim HDD is available. And the new emerging 2TB capacity HDD is made to satisfy the larger capacity of data storage needs than ever before.

The Western Digital My Passport Slim is featured with a slim metal enclosure and hardware-based encryption. It is a good choice for for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.

It is said that My Passport Slim included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software lets users back up their Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim.

Appearance

1TB 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches, 2TB measures 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.7-inches

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Westernal Digital - My Passport Slim

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

The Western Digital My Passport Slim supports super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files. As a leading famous HDD brand, the settings and the technology are on the Enge for the industry standards.

The drive is covered by a 3-year limited warranty. The 1TB is available for $99.99 from and the 2TB is $149.99 as Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. After checking on the site, the WD My Passport Slim 2TB is not available from the official website now. You can check more here : wdstore.com.

A new flash drive has been launched.Bringing us the Avengers and Transformers thumbdrives – Infothink just revealed its Batman USB key just along with the recent release of the Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray. The flash drive doesn’t have anything to do with the official film, but it is an officially licensed Warner Bros. product. Just as the collection consists Mjollnir Thor, Hulk gamma green fist, the Iron Man helmet and Captain America shield Vibranium-Adimantium, Infothink designers chose to make a bust of Caped Crusader since it is the most recognizable by fans.

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The drive has a removable Batman head, which looks like Christian Bale, with 16 GB of storage inside. The eyes and the logo on the suit will light up as soon as they receive power from a USB port. The eyes of the Batman head turn blue when it’s plugged into a USB port.The chest bust also plugs into USB port and acts as a USB hub to hold the flash drive when it’s not in use. The Batman chest logo glows when it is plugged into a USB port. The drive is made from plastic and is about 10 cm tall. Since it’s an officially licensed collectible it’s not exactly cheap at $86.99.

via geeky gadgets

Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army knife SSD storage
Friday, March 01st, 2013 | Author: Elaine

Victorinox proclaimed 2 new Swiss Army knives which has a SSD (solid state drive) and Victorinox Slim three.0 USB, that ought to provide you with many choices and protection if you wish to hold around digital knowledge on an everyday basis.The company, that has been going for a hundred twenty five years, has been manufacturing USB drives on its knives for a few time currently, however with this launch Victorinox has extremely upped the Associate in Nursingte because it launches an SSD into its innovative storage solutions.

The knives pack anyplace from 16GB to 1TB of storage, area unit equipped to resist a variety of environmental and daily use factors, and “remain faithful Swiss Army bequest of cleanly designed product that endure”.The two Swiss Army knives embody the Slim three.0 USB and therefore the SSD; the previous providing up fast browse/write speeds and obtainable in offers quicker read and write speeds than a a pair of.0 USB flash drive and can be obtainable in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The SSD are going to be offered in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 1TB capacities.

Each SSD comes equipped with 2 knife bodies, between that the drive will simply be interchanged, one being flight-friendly and therefore the alternative as well as ancient Swiss Army knife implements like blade, scissors, nail file, etc.However, along side this innovation comes some pretty sharp claims. Apparently this is often the world’s smallest high-capacity SSD drive on the market and one which has eSATA II/III and USB a pair of.0/3.0 connectors.

Smartronix USB Power Meter
Friday, February 15th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

Smartronix USB Power Meter can test Flash drive usage. If you want to know the minutes function of your PC,how to calculate the exact consumption of youre PC. Smartronix USB Power Meter is a useful tool for you.

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It can not only provides the handy power consumption , but also displays you the amount of current a USB port is providing. It is a very important tools when the power problems occurred.

USB Power Meter shows you the data through a built-in LCD Maison its black casing. The LCD displays the exact amount of power a USB port and provides the actual flow of current to a connected gadget. The meter has certain operational limitations that must be taken into account. It can not detect the USB voltage within the range of -19.99 to 19.99 VV and a current of up to 1999 mA (from the port of gadget).
Limitations aside, the counter SMARTRONIX USB Power always provides great value, because most devices suck more juice from a USB port than the standard interface specifications and some 5V USB ports are on the signaling power output. With standard voltage and readings, the meter has a setting “peak” mode that allows you to follow just exit points of data from a particular power test. The unit is compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, making it relevant for most desktops and laptops on the market. The device is small enough (in terms of energy consumption) to run on bus power, but this is corrected by the use of two AA batteries. To provide some freedom of movement, the power meter uses a standard USB type A to type B USB connection.
So if ever you find it necessary to know the exact consumption of a gadget or simply the amount of juice from the USB port provides the SMARTRONIX USB Power Meter is just up your alley. It is available for retail CyberGuys for $ 49.95.

USB Flash Drive Alive Models
Thursday, January 10th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

There is little doubt that USB Flash Drives became a big a part of everyday people’s life. we have a tendency to use them everyplace just in case there’s a desire to manage any reasonably data. So, it’s quite perceivable proven fact that folks pay additional and additional attention to the planning of such devices. Considering the actual fact that everyone has them, we have a tendency to perceive that the sole thanks to vary is to own one thing really extraordinary.

This uncommonness will show itself in several ways that, such as: colours, forms, sturdiness etc. As regards given device the sole feature that distinguishes it from alternative counterparts is its ability to vary physical look. Thus, if you purchase this device it’ll seem like terribly straightforward one. However, once you penetrate and start operating with the device, repetition plenty of files thereto, you’ll conclude that your flash drive becomes larger and greater. just in case you delete files from you device, you’ll observe simply reverse impact. As way as alternative characteristics area unit involved it ought to be mentioned that {they area unit|they’re} quite usual ones: average speed and capability (there are simply 3 sorts – 512MB, 1GB and 2GB).So, i feel its “abilities” will not pass unnoticed obviously. Yet, some folks might imagine that only one distinction isn’t enough for a factor to be thought of as a special one.