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Patriot Stellar-C USB Type-C / USB 3.1 32GB Flash Drive Review

Patriot Stellar-C USB Type-C / USB 3.1 32GB Flash Drive Review

Today we take a look at one of Patriot's newest pen drives, the Stellar-C. On the market for a USB 3.1 Type-C flash drive? Come and take a look.

By: Tyler Bernath from Apr 12, 2016 @ 20:11 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 78%Manufacturer: Patriot

With Patriot jumping on the USB-C wagon with the Stellar Pico flash drive, it gave us our first look at a flash drive using this standard.

We visited the Stellar flash drive before when we tested the OTG version for Android. This time around with the Stellar C, we get the same dual-sided design with one using the standard USB Type-A while the opposite end is using the new USB-C connection.

Capacity options for this latest flash drive solution include 32 and 64GB devices. Marketing for this solution from Patriot attests to 110 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write performance while being compatible with nearly every Windows operating system along with Linux 2.4+ and Mac OS 9+.

MSRP of the 32GB Patriot Stellar C comes in at $24.99 with a two-year warranty.


Packaging for the drive is the standard bubble type used for many flash solutions. At the top right, we have capacity listed with a little marketing around it.


The back goes into more detail on features of the drive while warranty and OS support are at the bottom.


The Stellar C is a rather small drive but with that said does do quite well with the black metal wiper moving back and forth to deploy whichever connector you like.


Here as you can see is the standard Type-A connection we are all used to seeing.


And the opposite end is the USB-C connection.


The Patriot Stellar C is factory formatted with the FAT32 file system, ensuring compatibility between Windows and Macintosh computers. The usable capacity after formatting is 28.8GB.


The performance of the Stellar C came in at 109 MB/s read and 17 MB/s write in our sequential testing.


Price/Performance for the Stellar C came in around the middle of the chart at 64.1%.

The Stellar C is a good start for Patriot in the USB-C market. While this drive is using Gen 1 connectivity over the latest Gen 2 standard, it does offer backward compatibility with its Type-A connection. The build quality of this drive is quite good, and it may be the quickest Pico drive in terms of read performance.

The performance of this drive was above average with read performance touching near 120 MB/s while write performance, if I'm honest, is just too slow for this day and age. Price/performance lined the Stellar C up near the middle of the pack, and the only real way for Patriot to move up on this chart is to increase performance.

Overall, the Stellar C is a solid option if you must have USB-C drive like a MacBook 2015 or similar, but if you just need a small high capacity solution with a little bit of performance, then there's a whole market waiting for you to explore.

Tyler's Test System Specifications

Quality including Design and Build80%
General Features80%
Bundle and Packaging75%
Value for Money85%
Overall TweakTown Rating78%

The Bottom Line: Patriot's Stellar C is a good solution if you must have a USB-C drive this instant, otherwise there are better options on the market including some from Patriot themselves.

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