Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive (64GB) review

The Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive (64GB) is a high-capacity flash drive that offers an affordable price, but performance seekers should look elsewhere.

Low-capacity flash drives are old news. The Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive (64GB) gives you both capacity and speed, offering sizeable storage and quick USB 3.0 transfer speeds, all for a reasonable price. It’s the perfect drive for anyone looking to upgrade to larger storage and USB 3.0 performance, but if performance is a priority, the middling speeds of the drive may leave you disappointed.

Design and Features
The TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive has a simple design, with a black plastic housing and a matte finish. Measuring 2.6 by 0.7 by 0.4 inches (HWD), the small drive is the right size to slip into a pocket or attach to a key ring. The USB 3.0 connector is protected by a transparent removable cap, but when removed, the cap is loose and easily lost. The drive design has rounded ends, with a rounded cap on one end and a rounded anchor point on the back for attaching a keychain or lanyard.

The drive comes without any preinstalled software or utilities, which means you’ve got nothing but empty storage space. With FAT32 formatting, the drive is compatible with Windows and Mac systems, with plug-and-play functionality. Toshiba also covers the TransMemory USB 3.0 Drive with a five-year warranty.

Performance
In timed data transfer tests, the TransMemory USB 3.0 Drive offered write speeds of 6.3 MBps and read speeds of 74.1 MBps when connected via USB 3.0. This fell behind comparable high-performance drives, like the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 (64GB) (72 MBps write, 105 MBps read), and the Editors’ Choice SanDisk Extreme 3.0 (64GB) (105 MBps write, 110 MBps read). It even fell slightly behind the USB 3.0-equipped Mimobot Mr. Sulu USB 3.0 (32GB), which offered 17 MBps (write) and 81 MBps (read). The Toshiba drive falls on the slow end of the USB 3.0 spectrum, but for accessing larger media files, the performance is still a significant step up from USB 2.0 drives.

Using a USB 2.0 port, the speeds dropped predictably, dropping down to 2.6 MBps (write) and 27.1 MBps (read). By comparison, most of the comparison drives hovered around 30 MBps read and write, with the Mr. Sulu drive slowing to 12 MBps (write) and 31 MBps (read).

With a list price of $59.99, the Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Drive sells for a reasonable 94 cents per gigabyte. With comparable drives selling for over a dollar per GB (and sometimes two), the TransMemory USB 3.0 is one of the more affordable high-capacity, high-speed drives on the market. Unfortunately, the drive’s excellent price is tempered by lackluster performance. It’s still a nice upgrade from an older USB 2.0 drive, but our top recommendation remains the Editors’ Choice SanDisk Extreme 3.0 (64GB).

Specifications
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 64 GB

Verdict
The Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive (64GB) is a high-capacity flash drive that offers an affordable price, but performance seekers should look elsewhere.
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