By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Ever since USB Flash Drives have replaced magnetic media as the de facto method of shuffling data around, I have found not all are built equally. Depending on how well the actual medium, (the chip where all the data is stored) is tested for fault tolerance, those that do not fall within specification will get discarded. A season 20 episode of How It’s Made shows how a computer memory chip can be put into different containers for use in varying devices; it is all built from one common product.
After using these devices since 2006 (my oldest stick being a SanDisk 2gb Cruzer) I believe I have figured out which company’s products perform better. In the world of digital photography where an image is counted by the megabyte, the faster a chip can perform to write the data, the better for those successive shots to be stored instantaneously. In digital videography, any skip of a frame is not welcome. Ranker.com shows which brands are favoured more than others. Sandisk, Kingston and HP are in the top three . Personally, and by order of personal preference, I like Transcend, Kingston and Sandisk the best.