New SanDisk flash drive zips along

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive

On a recent visit across the Causeway, a friend came across a 128GB flash drive selling for RM20 (S$7.70) a pop. Sensing a great bargain, he bought a few units but was disappointed when he plugged them into his computer on reaching home. They were fakes and did not work.

What is real, however, are 128GB flash drives. SanDisk had for some time made available the 128GB Cruzer Glide flash drive. It costs about $80 at Best Bargain Computers at Sim Lim Square. But the Cruzer Glide was incredibly slow and proved unpopular.

Now SanDisk has come up with the Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive. It reads at 260MB/s and writes at 240MB/s. It is considerably faster than the SanDisk Cruzer Extreme which was available in configurations of up to 64GB and was rated at 190MB/s.

Having a flash drive with bigger capacity and faster read/write speeds brings users closer to the dream of having a truly portable and compact storage unit.

And 128GB is just a progression towards higher capacities.

The next step would be a 256GB flash drive. I gather it is available in some places, although not readily found.

How much: $269

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