Toshiba introducing USB 3.0 flash drives & micro SD memory cards

You’ll be able to drag and drop files and folders on a 30$, 16 GB flash drive with a speed of 70MB/s starting October 2013.

As most know, ” Toshiba originally invented and have since perfected NAND flash memory technology”. And now, Toshiba TransMemory™ USB 3.0 Flash Drives and Toshiba Micro Secure Digital Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards are going on sale!

Two days after announcing the new line of Toshiba laptops, the company introduces Toshiba TransMemory™ USB 3.0 Flash Drives and Toshiba Micro Secure Digital Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards.

Specs of these external memories:
Toshiba TransMemory™ USB 3.0 Flash Drives
As you probably noticed, the Flash Drive is a USB 3.0, which means that it runs with the new generation of Flash drives, which could transfer data at a speed of 70 MB/s.
It is protected with a downloadable password security software which will be included in the drive.
Available as 16 GB (30$), 32 GB (50$) and 64 GB (100$). (Price at MSRP)

Toshiba Micro Secure Digital Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards
The micro SD is the same as the one used for mobile devices, smartphones and tablets.
Its transfer speed can reach up to 30 MB/s.
Available as 8 GB (20$), 16 GB (40$), 32 GB (70$) and 64 GB (100$). (Price at MSRP)

Meanwhile, other companies sell USB 3.0 flash drives such as SanDisk which state the following features:

  • Exceptional file transfer speeds up to 190MB/s
  • Drives up to 64GB can hold your most important data
  • Password protection with SanDisk SecureAccess Software
  • USB 3.0 enabled for super-fast transfer speeds

For prices of 16 GB (45$), 32 GB (67$),  111$ 64 GB (on SanDisk website)

Or the Lexar JumpDrive 64 GB (45$) (As sold on BestBuy Canada) with specs such as: 100 MB/s read; 55 MB/s write

The Kingston Technology DataTraveler 16GB USB (15$) (As sold on BestBuy Canada) with specs:

The last two Flash Drive ratings and reviews online are not very promising for Lexar and Kingstone compared to SandDisk.

Yet, the speed that is displayed in the specs is the one reached when benchmarking. And every consumer should know that the maximum speed that anyone could dream of when copying files with a USB 3.0 Flash Drive will never reach the one indicated in the specifications!

Toshiba noted in the end of the article INTRODUCING TOSHIBA USB 3.0 FLASH DRIVES AND MICRO SD MEMORY CARDS the following details:

1. Maximum read speed 70 MB/s, write speed lower. Based on Toshiba internal test results, read and write speeds may vary depending on user-specifications such as devices used and files size read or written.
3. Maximum read speed 30 MB/s; write speed lower. Based on Toshiba internal test results, read and write speeds may vary depending on user-specifications such as devices used and files size read or written.

More information about Toshiba Flash drive and SD card: http://us.toshiba.com/pressrelease/100804?fromPage=editorials

SanDisk drives: http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/drives/extreme/

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