The move to solid-state storage in laptops brings with it many advantages: less noise, lower power draw, much faster access to data, and thinner devices. But it has also significantly diminished the amount of storage you have available. Typically you get 128GB or 256GB and you’ll pay a premium for it. So a high-capacity external storage device comes in very handy, but you want it to be plug-in-and-forget.
SanDisk has offered just such a solution with its tiny Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives, and this week it has upped the storage, producing the world’s smallest 128GB USB 3.0 flash stick.
The 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive is tiny, measuring just 0.8 x 0.6 x 0.4 inches and weighing around 0.3 ounces. Read speeds can reach 130MB/s, and importantly for laptop users, the Ultra Fit is mostly just a USB connector, meaning once it is plugged in there’s only a small lump visible so it won’t be prone to catching (and breaking) on anything.
As with all new and “world’s smallest” devices, it comes with a premium price attached. The Ultra Fit has been on the market for almost a year now in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. You can purchase a 64GB model right now on Amazon for $28. However, this 128GB model has a list price of $119.99. That’s sure to come down, hopefully below $100, but it’s still very high considering standard 128GB USB 3.0 flash drives can be picked up for around $30.
As with all Ultra Fit drives, SanDisk offers a 5-year warranty, SecureAccess software for creating a password-protected, 128-bit AES encrypted folder on the drive, and a free year of access to the SanDisk RescuePro file backup service.
If 128GB isn’t enough portable storage for you and you don’t mind a larger drive, SanDisk has also unveiled its highest capacity USB flash drive ever in the SanDisk Ultra line. It offers 256GB of storage, but will cost $199.99.