USB flash drives have grow to be commoditized to the purpose of being an afterthought. Corporations commonly give them away at tech conventions, as a part of advertising packages, and as branding or advertising tie-ins. Annually, a glut of low-cost, gradual USB flash drives are dumped on customers at bargain-basement costs as a part of vacation gross sales.
Nonetheless, there may be nonetheless ample innovation occurring on this house, notably within the newly-announced ADATA UE700 Professional, which the producer touts as acting at as much as 360 MB/s learn / 180 MB/s write on the 256 GB mannequin.
The UE700 Professional is a standard-sized drive at 2.5 x zero.9 x zero.three inches (63 x 23 x 7 mm) with a retractable connector, eliminating the potential for misplaced caps. It additionally includes a lanyard gap. The casing itself is product of brushed aluminium, which is a pleasant premium over the standard plastic casing of USB flash drives. It weighs zero.four ounces (11 grams).
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Whereas this isn’t fairly as quick as Samsung’s T5 Moveable SSD, that is additionally a correct stick-type flash drive, whereas the T5 is just a compact SSD.
The UE700 Professional makes use of USB three.1 signaling, although it’s backward appropriate with USB 2.zero, and is obtainable in 32, 64, 128, and 256 GB fashions. ADATA does not disclose the kind of NAND Flash in use, or the controller driving it.
Pricing data just isn’t but accessible, although the excessive finish 256 GB mannequin might command a small premium given the dearth of different drives with these speeds in that bodily measurement. The UE700 Professional ought to be accessible throughout the subsequent few weeks.
The massive takeaways for tech leaders:
- The ADATA UE700 Professional is claimed to supply as much as 360 MB/s learn and 180 MB/s write on the 256 GB mannequin.
- Whereas sooner choices exist, they’re bodily bigger than the ADATA UE700 Professional.