Pen Drive in 2018 – A Buying guide on the pocket-sized drives!
How should you purchase pen drive in 2018? Let us show you.
Update, April 18, 2018: USB flash drives, also known as thumb drives, jump drives, and pen drives are pocket-sized data storage drives that are useful for transforming your world at your convenience. Whether you talk about the storing pictures, videos, documents or music files, they can be utilized for all those stuff. Offering the best value for money than any other external storage devices, the pen drive is an easy way to access your stored content on the go.
Secure, reusable, and light on weight, pen drives are much easier to carry and transport your content on the go. Pen drive can be easily accessible and provides an inexpensive temporary data storage solutions. These USB flash drives don’t require an external power source and that’s what makes them better. They come in wide variety of capacities and are relatively reliable when it comes to safety and security of stored data. The icing on the cake is that the stored data does not significantly degrade for 10 plus years, which is just fab!
Note: This article gives you information on best selling pen drive brands in India. Along the way, it teaches you the types of pen drive that technology has helped us build. As well as guide you on your journey to buy the best value for money pen drive in India and how to choose them.
Let’s get started, shall we!
Take a look at the Top pen drive brands in India in 2018
Sandisk is an American manufacturer of flash storage drives, which is popular worldwide for their Cruzer pen drive series. Founded in 1988 by three founders, this company has become a pioneer in the portable storage solutions. Headquartered in California, apart from pen drives, Sandisk makes memory cards, DRAM, solid state drives and portable media player. Currently, this brand is owned by Western Digital, which acquired the pen drive pioneer at a whopping US$ 19 billion. Carrying your vital data is made easy by Sandisk. The Sandisk 32gb pen drive is one of the most popular bought product of the American manufacturer in India.
Kingston claims to be one of the most popular pen drive brand in India. Remember, when their Data Traveler pen drives used to come with 512MB and 1GB storage. During the early days of computing era, the person owning a 2GB Kingston pen drive was considered as tech freak. Cuz they used to cost a bomb! While talking about today, the 32gb pen drive has become standard among most users. Thus, you would find the range of pen drives starting at 32gb, while 16gb pen drive is still available for some brands.
Taiwanese storage solutions manufacturer, Transcend, claims to be an industry leader in India when it comes to stylish pen drives. Offering state of the art USB drives, this Taiwanese company’s JetFlash series gives us the nostalgia as it has been around for decades.
The 90s kids will remember the drives from this company. It can be said that they have roots in India. In 2013, Gartner Research has stated that Transcend was world’s Number 3 pen drives manufacturer.
Since then the company has expanded its wings to many new markets and has been giving many awards for their inputs in the industry. These Transcend pen drives come equipped with dust, shock, and splash resistance. Thus, you don’t have to worry about your pen drive anymore.
4. HP Pendrive
Another American manufacturer in the pen drive brands list, but HP isn’t really a dedicated storage solution provider. This company is primarily into manufacturing personal computers, monitors, and printers. The brand got its break out with printers and since then, they have grown out to become one of the largest computer peripherals maker in the world. To accessorize their consumers, the company went into manufacturing their own branded pen drives. Thus, you could find HP pen drives on the market. Their pen drives business which was just a hobby created to go with HP PCs has become a big hit among non-HP PC consumers.
One of the oldest electronics group coming from Japan, Sony Electronics has made quite an impact in the industry. They have been involved right from the start of the flash storage solutions. Thus, gaining an early access of the industry helped them make products that are research oriented. Sony knows that pen drives business isn’t going anywhere in the future, which is why the brand has invested a lot in creating a range of pen drives. Sony pen drive comes in all kinds of sizes starting at 16GB and goes up to 128GB. Their MicroVault series has become quite popular among pen drive consumers in India. Sony offers USB 3.0 connectivity for faster data transfer speed of up to 10,000 Mbps. Sony pen drives in India starts for as low as Rs 500.
Types of Pen Drives
As far as classification of the pen drives is concerned, they can be classified according to the data transmitting standards, which is defined by Universal Serial Bus (USB). Below we have classified the standards that are currently in use in the industry.
1. USB 2.0
Originally released in April 2000, this USB is referred as Hi-Speed USB. This standard is available on almost all devices with USB capabilities, thus, you don’t have to at least worry about the compatibility. What more? Nearly all USB cables come these days support at least USB 2.0 standard. Devices adhering to this standard have the ability to transmit data at a maximum theoretical speed of 480 Mbps. This standard has an advantage as even the USB 3.0 standard devices and cables would support this standard if one of the either items are not USB 3.0 supported.
2. USB 3.0
The latest in Universal Series Bus (USB) standard, the 3.0 is at least 20 times faster than the previous 2.0 standard. Offering speed up to 5120 Mbps (5 Gbps) theoretically. The USB 3.0 is often referred as the SuperSpeed USB cuz it offers high-speed data transmission between the devices that adhere to USB 3.0 standard. When you talk about compatibility, the older USB devices, cables, and adapters may be physically compatible with USB 3.0 hardware. But if you are looking for fast speed then, make sure the device must support USB 3.0 port.
3. USB Type-C
You might think that USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 standards are universal standards. But if you already aren’t familiar with the mass confusion created by differentiation of USB Type-A and Type-B. When you add micro and mini versions of these types into the scene, you get a recipe for disaster. And which is why the USB Type-C was introduced. The Type-C is the description of the port connection itself. Unlike USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, this one reversible, now you won’t have to flip the cable or device to insert correctly. It is believed that USB Type-C is the future of Super Fast universal connectivity. While pen drives have already started coming with USB Type-C standards, the USB Type-C ports would be slowly but eventually implemented on all devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, printers, etc.
4. USB OTG (On-the-Go)
This is a standard interface created in 2001 for connectivity between USB enabled devices and storage devices. USB OTG is a part of a supplement to the USB 2.0 standard, which saw its implementation in pen drives. There are two types of OTGs, one is called USB OTG and other is just OTG. First one recognizes that a device can perform both master and slave roles, while so subtly changing the terminology with OTG, a device can be either a host (master) or a peripheral (slave).
These days many pen drives come with the support of OTG. This allows an interface between a smartphone and USB drive like pen drive and even a hard disk drive. Making it convenient to access the pen drive on smartphones, these days you could see many OTG pen drive offerings from brands like SanDisk, Sony, Kingston, etc.
What should you consider when buying a pen drive?
What must you do before buying anything? You must list out what things you should consider when buying that product. And that’s what we are doing it here for you. Let’s dive into these significant pointers that must be considered before purchasing a pen drive.
This is the first and foremost thing that a consumer has to consider and most of the times it gets confusing. Which size you must choose is the question that you must answer to yourself. According to the requirement, you can either go with an 8GB or 16GB pen drive if you are looking to use it as a briefcase for transporting text files from home to office/school. Cuz documents don’t take much space. All you must care is that this pen drive should offer security features like encryption to secure your files.
And if you are a user who would need to transfer pictures, videos, and music from one device to another, then, you must purchase at least a 32GB pen drive to fulfill your need. Going above that is your choice, but do remember that pen drives higher than 32GB has less lifespan and in time the performance degrades.
You feel securing your drive isn’t important when you are transferring it carefully? Well, that may be the worst security misconception you had. Whether you are a geek or not, you must adhere to the need of security standards on pen drives. And that’s why you should focus on purchasing a pen drive that offers some degree of component-level encryption security. While the hardware level of encryption is significant, you must also look for a pen drive with software level of encryption. These days most of the brands offer it pre-installed to protect sensitive files on your pen drive. There should be at least a minimalist protection to ensure that data from pen drive is not accessed by anyone.
These pocket-sized drives aren’t so tough at all. The flash drives aren’t the strongest storage devices constructed. With the benefit of their compact size, the durability is sacrificed. You must be familiar that vast majority of drives are encased in the plastic body. While the metal encasing only makes it costlier but not as durable as you’d think. Despite the fact that they are small and vulnerable to break and fall, many brands have come up with shockproof pen drives, but those ones will cost you bomb. We recommend you look for the drives that have NAND memory chips. The internal durability if more important for the functioning of the pen drives.
4. Transfer Speed
If you have a time-sensitive job to carry out using a pen drive, then, a high-speed pen drive is a must have. Which is why you must buy a pen drive with at least USB 3.0 standard, which will offer data transfer speed in Gbps. Unless you are looking at a using pen drive for storing movies or music files, we recommend a high-speed pen drive. The USB 2.0 pen drive is only good for storage, but not for transporting files at fast speed.
This is a gimmick! Pen drives aren’t meant for a fashion accessory, it’s for storing and transferring your backup data from one device to another. Most of the brands these days focus on offering flashy finish to their pen drives. But let us tell you if it’s not obvious already that more flashy drives are they are more like to be of lower quality. We recommend if ever you get a free pen drive at a convention or product show, do not use it to store/transfer any sensitive file. Cuz they are manufactured with low quality and have no security options to support the data from prying eyes.
Ladies and Gentleman! That’s what is a called a brief buying guide for pen drive. Hope you have gained enough information on pen drives for you to help shop for one. Let us know in the comments which one you are planning to shop.
If you think we’ve missed out on a few essentials.Let us know. We will be glad to add your inputs.