Roundup: Six USB 3.0 Flash Drives Reviewed
Review Update 08/16/2012
After publishing the review on 08/14/2012, I was informed by ADATA that the ADATA Nobility N005 Pro 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive can actually be found from various Amazon retailers for as low as $55.99, which is approximately $56.10 cheaper than the price of $112.09, which was the price found during the time of the review. For some reason, there were two SKUs of the same product through Amazon, which caused this confusion.
As you may imagine then, this new pricing will have a significant impact on our final scoring of the drive. Below, I have updated the scoring chart to reflect the ADATA N005 Pro at the $55.99 pricepoint. Additionally, the purchase link has been updated to the cheaper SKU.
|ADATA N005 Pro||Corsair Voyager GT||Kingston HyperX||Lexar Jumpdrive Triton||Patriot Supersonic Magnum||Sandisk Extreme|
|Build Quality / Durability||3||5||5||4||4||3|
|Purchase Link||Click Here||Click Here||Click Here||Click Here||Click Here||Click Here|
As you can see, the ADATA’s price rating has been updated from a score of 3 to a score of 6 and the final score on the drive is now a total of 16 points, which means it now scores on the same level as the Lexar JumpDrive Triton. The reason a final score of 6 was given to the price is because the price point of $55.99 is significantly cheaper even when compared to the least expensive drive in this roundup, the SanDisk Extreme, currently priced at $83.57. I’d also like to reiterate that you should definitely check pricing on all the drives prior to purchasing as pricing, especially in the computer hardware market, is extremely volatile.
While this isn’t common practice here at Custom PC Review, I’ve also decided that it would only be fair to update the award on the ADATA Nobility N005 Pro 64GB to a CPC Certified Silver award. Its lifetime warranty, relatively low pricetag, and significant performance improvement when compared to USB 2.0 flash drives makes it an excellent choice for those looking for an entry level USB 3.0 flash drive.
The ADATA Nobility N005 Pro 64GB (updated cheaper SKU) is currently available on Amazon.