How to find a cool USB drive
We live in an era where technology is present at every corner and surrounds our daily existences in the most amazing possible ways. Digitized information is available through just a push of a button. But, in order to stock all this information we require the appropriate tech tools.
Whether we talk about hard-disk drives, external HDs, USB flash drives, laptops or desktops – there are countless ways to stock information. Also, since more and more information is available in high-definition and consumes plenty of memory, humankind also came a long way from the storage devices used one or two decades ago.
From usual floppy disks with an internal memory of nearly 2 MB, we now have mini and micro HD attached to smartphones which can count up to 254 GB and USB flash drives with even more storage capacity.
But finding the right USB flash drive could prove a quite difficult task, especially since there are countless options available on the market. For those of you who do not have the time to wander through online and offline stores in the search for the perfect USB flash drive, we came up with a comprehensive buying guide to ease your process.
How we chose the coolest USB flash drives
With so many available options on the market, it comes as no surprise that choosing the perfect USB flash could prove a difficult task. Here is what we think is important whenever shopping for such devices.
You want your flash USB drive to be as small and portable as possible. We suggest you stick to clean and clear designs, as compact as ever, if you want to make sure that you can carry all the necessary information without the extra attention.
Most of us have seen sci-fi movies where people carry around micro flash drives with large storage capacity in order not to be detected. Fortunately, there are numerous designs on the market nowadays, and they make such sci-fi movies seem a step more real, at least in terms of technology.
The truth is that the market is so developed in this area, that you will certainly find a small-sized device with increased storage capacity which can easily fit into the smallest pocket of your jeans.
Most of the USB flash drives we’ve come across now come with increased storage capabilities. However, the most price-convenient choices are still based on the highly popular 4GB and 8GB storage options. Depending on your requirements, you may find that a regular 8GB flash drive is enough to keep all your documents safe and easy to carry around anywhere.
However, if you are thinking about stocking up on photos, videos or even games or RAM-consuming programs, we do suggest you opt for more professional flash drives with increased storage possibilities.
Some people may even find that 64GB USB drives are insufficient for all mandatory activities and data traffic. In this case, we suggest you forget about mini versions and opt for an external HDD with storage capacities of up to 1-2 TB.
When it comes to the design of USB flash drives there is really no holding back. Any shape, size or form you could think of has probably been made into a flash drive by now. We are really talking about endless possibilities, from cartoon and animation characters to movie blockbusters, real personalities, objects, animals and other impersonations.
However, to make your choosing easier we want to present you some of our top choices which will definitely bring cool points to your personality.
If you’re a LEGO fan, you will certainly want one of those cute little yellow people to wear around daily as a flash drive. The mini figures come in various designs and depict the loveable LEGO world we all grew up with. The product is available in multiple storage capacities and the listing price is around thirty to forty dollars.
Sci-fi movie lovers will be pleased to find numerous types of cool USB flash drives in the shape of their favorite characters from Star Trek or Star Wars saga. These too come in various storage capacities and the price is similar to the LEGO world versions.
Marvel Studios couldn’t miss the opportunity of entering this profitable market with their own designs, so you can choose one or more of your favorite comic characters as your USB flash drive. The Iron Man 2 design is pretty spectacular, so, if the price isn’t a problem for you, we suggest you purchase this one.
However, since license rights count for more than half of the listing price of any Marvel item, we suggest you only purchase products from licensed stores and distributors. There are numerous fakes on the market which might cost you a dime but will certainly cause troubles in the long term.
Those who are looking for more unusual USB flash drive designs they can choose from the light bulb one which is sold for under ten dollars or the condom style one for funny friends and personalities.
One of the most popular USB flash drives designs amongst youngsters nowadays is the silicone bracelet. The product is easy to wear, strong, durable and reliable, while it also comes in various color schemes and storage capacities.
These are great for whenever you are at parties and want to play your favorite tunes without worrying about water destroying your plans. You can purchase them at most stores and, depend on the available storage, you will pay around twenty dollars or more.
Other cool flash drives designs include the hand grenade one, the Nike Sports Shoe one, the special bullet-shaped drives, the syringe shaped drives, the memory pill USB stick or the wine cork USB drive.
Last but not least, we do suggest you also take the manufacturing brand into account. No matter how pretty or likable the design of the flash drive is, you have to first consider its practicality.
If you are not willing to pay the extra buck for a branded flash drive you may risk ruining your computer or corrupt the files on the flash drive. Moreover, cheap designs will also damage quickly and will not deliver top performances.