Thumb drives are a dime a dozen these days, especially when you go to conferences or press events. Instead of print materials, companies are putting all of their marketing information on flash drives and handing them out like candy. CES is coming up and I think half of my swag will be thumb drives. Even retail companies are getting into the mix. When I purchased my mattress a few years ago, there was a 8MB thumb drive with the warranty information and user manual attached in a bag. I think in the future, landfills will be full of broken and faulty thumb drives.
Marketing thumb drives are slow, small, and cheap. They really aren't meant for any intensive use other then maybe some minor files and documents. Most of the time, they are too small in capacity when you actually need them. I know I've gotten frustrated when I have a 4GB flash drive and the files I want to transfer are over capacity by a few megabytes. This is where high speed and higher capacity flash drives come into play. Flash technology has improved to the point where these USB flash drives are becoming mobile hard drives for people on the move.
The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT and Rage XT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drives are positioned for more than the average user. Both the Boost XT and Rage feature faster speeds and can be purchased in higher than average capacities. The Boost XT is the slower of the two, featuring read speeds up to 90MB/s. However, the Boost XT is built with a hard rubber casing giving it a rugged design. The Boost XT is both water and shock resistant. The Rage was built for speed. This flash drive has been rated with read speeds up to 180MB/s and write speeds of 50MB/s. The Rage uses a capless and thinner design for easier portability. Both come with a 5 year warranty.
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