The end of the year is upon us, the warm southern winds have shifted bringing cold Canadian air to those of us in the northern United States. With this comes the holiday season and more importantly, you will find a number of deals on all sorts of storage solutions.
Over this last year we have seen a number of new products launched on paper and brought to market, a lot of these I have had the great opportunity to spend some time with.
Within this article, I will share with you some of my favorites and accordingly the top five products in each category. These categories include:
- USB 3.0 Flash Drives
- USB 3.0 External HDDs/SSDs
- Direct Attached Storage
- Consumer HDDs
So, without further ado let's get on with the show!
USB 3.0 Flash Drives - Top 5
Corsair Flash Voyager GS
The Corsair Voyager GS is just now entering the market in wide availability. This drive carries ample performance touching 300 MB/s, sports clean lines, and an aluminium construction. The only downfall of this drive is its wide form factor. This drive can be had in capacities ranging from 64GB to 256GB.
The LX flash drive from MX-Technology is the follow up to the very durable ES flash drive. The LX combines the best MLC NAND flash available with an Innostor FSP offering 200 MB/s+ read in a very affordable package. This drive is available in 8GB to 128GB capacities.
The SanDisk Extreme is one of the very first USB 3.0 flash drives we had the chance to take a look at. From the start, we knew this drive was one of our favorites, featuring 250 MB/s read and 200 MB/s write performance within a sleek sliding frame. This drive is available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB.
Kingston HyperX 3.0
The HyperX brand from Kingston is known as the performance standard - the DataTraveler HyperX is no different. Within this drive you will find read capabilities near 300 MB/s, all within an attractive blue and black shell that screams the HyperX brand. This drive is available in 64GB to 256GB capacities.
Mushkin Ventura Ultra
The somewhat elusive Ventura Ultra from Mushkin. This drive was first announced during CES 2013, and now it has officially entered the market. The Ventura Ultra packs in a true SandForce SF2281 FSP with premium MLC NAND.
The styling will also take you on a trip down memory lane with its aircraft aluminum frame that resembles the old Ridgeback DRAM. This drive is available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities.