Product: Kingston HyperX FURY 3.0 USB Flash Drive
Price: $10.99 to $37.99 (ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB)
16 GB $10.99
32 GB $19.99
64 GB $37.99
Kingston provided a @ FURY 3.0 32 GB USB Flash Drive
Nowadays I think USB flash drives are like modern day pens. Everyone has one; often you’re not quite sure where you got it from. Like pens you get as swag at the bank or off tables at conventions, USB drives suddenly appear and disappear seemingly at will from your backpack, couch cushions and drawers of your desk. Rather than be some prized possession to be guarded like a wallet or a set of keys USB drives have become objects that are often forgotten. Left it in the computer lab at university by accident? You wonder if it’s worth the time to walk several blocks back to see if you can find it again.
Kingston was kind enough to send us here at APGNation a goody bag of HyperX products, I even wrote a review on their dope FURY Pro Gaming Mouse Pad. One of the items included in said swag bag was a 32 Gigabyte HyperX FURY 3.0 Flash Drive. I figured this was the perfect time to compare a modern USB that “stomps the competition and lets you stand out from the crowd” with my Sandisk Cruzer Edge 4 GB flash drive. The sort of thumb drive I found who knows where a year back and have by some miracle not managed to lose by now.
Testing the Untested
First up to compare is the raw size of each USB. My hand-me-down USB had only 4 gigabytes of storage space, but there is a model that has 32 gigabytes of storage space like the HyperX FURY USB 3.0 flash drive I received. The SanDisk USB is listed on Amazon at a base price of 39.02 dollars (roughly 1.22 dollars per GB). The Kingston model is listed at a base price of 35.99 dollars (approximately 1.12 dollars per GB). The Kingston model is the better deal purely based on a price to size comparison. This is interesting since the Kingston model is newer, uses 3.0 USB and doesn’t sport such a generic design to it, unlike my current Sandisk model. It is surprising to see the generic model holding a higher price point.
Next up was testing the actual transfer speed of the devices. For this, I put together a folder of everything I thought the average and professional gamer might want with them. First and foremost is the university assignments done last minute, frantically thrown on a USB drive to be printed off in the university computer lab minutes before the class the assignment is due. This practice is the most common death sentence for a USB flash drive. That frantic rush to class from the computer lab often ends with the beloved and forgotten USB drive still in the slot. Soon it will be taken by another poor soul to lose another day or to be put in the lost and found, never to be heard from again. Also included in the folder is a collection of your memes, reaction images, and general miscellaneous pictures and music you might need someday when your internet goes out, and you realize how much of your entertainment is reliant upon that sweet broadband. The finishing touch of this gamer USB data collection would have to be that incredibly embarrassing anime that you watch in-between classes in the library taking extra precaution that nobody can see the K-On on your screen less you face social suicide.
In terms of speed, the Kingston USB outclassed the Sandisk USB with transfer speeds leveling out at about three times the speed. I personally do not believe it is because the Kingston model is a 3.0 USB, as I was testing both in a 2.0 USB slot. The Kingston model thus performs faster than my Sandisk model in my PC.
So what does that mean?
Based on these observations I can conclude that in comparison to the generic USB flash drive you find in between couch cushions, the Kingston HyperX FURY 3.0 USB Flash Drive has more bang for your buck over the generics. If you’re looking to actual spend money on a flash drive the hold on to that will be protected and not disappear, forgotten into a drawer or left in a public PC then the Kingston model is worth a look. The price is solid for the performance and it looks pretty sleek for a USB Flash drive. And on a personal note, it’s the first flash drive I’ve ever had that my heart skips a beat when I can’t find it, which is amazing in and of itself.