SanDisk’s Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Flash Drive Is Extremely Fast

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Flash Drive

Yesterday, Kingston unveiled its DataTraveler Ultimate GT, with the main selling point being 2TB of storage squeezed into a USB stick. It’s a USB 3.1 flash drive, but we don’t know how fast it is. SanDisk on the other hand revealed the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 flash drive, which may be much more limited in capacity, but it certainly lives up to its name by being extremely fast (at least on paper).

Offered in 128GB and 256GB capacities, the Extreme Pro can achieve read speeds of 420MB/s and write speeds of 380MB/s. Of course, in order to enjoy such high speeds you’re going to need a USB 3.1 port capable of providing them.

These drives retain the Type-A USB connection rather than the newer Type-C connector. That makes them capable of plugging into many more devices, but means you’ll require a dongle to use them with a MacBook Pro, for example.

The Extreme Pro uses an aluminum casing for durability and ships with SanDisk SecureAccess software providing 128-bit AES encryption for your files. There’s also an included RescuePRO Deluxe offer for recovering deleted files.

The 256GB model is priced at $179.99, but B&H is listing it for pre-order with a $139.95 price tag. Expect other online retailers to come in at around that price point, too. No pricing has been announced for the 128GB model yet.

If 256GB of portable storage isn’t enough and the DataTraveler Ultimate GT turns out to be very expensive, maybe LaCie’s updated bright orange Rugged drive will fit your needs? Announced yesterday, the Rugged has been updated to use USB Type-C and offers between 500GB and 5TB of storage.


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