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15 November, 2021

Why Should I Spend More And Buy 3.0 compared to 2.0 USB Flash Drives

If you can afford it, a 3.0 USB flash drive is well worth the investment. The main basic difference between a 2.0 and 3.0 flash drive is the transfer speed. Operating at maximum transfer rates, a USB 2.0 transfers data at 480MBps (Megabits per second) or 60MBps (MegaBytes per second). Compare this to a USB 3.0 with a much higher maximum transfer rate of 5Gbps (Gigabits per second) or 640MBps (MegaBytes per second). That’s a staggering ten times the faster data rate.

The above is just a straight comparison, though it doesn’t take into account the speed of the flash memory or whether the computer it is being used on has a 3.0 port or just 2.0. Most newer computers and laptops would at least have a 3.0 port distinguishable by the blue colour inside. Most computers nowadays accommodate both 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Usually, the slower drives are cheaper, while the faster drives are more expensive.

Just because a 3.0 USB flash drive is faster at transferring data, it doesn’t mean you need to go to this expense. You should also base it on what is on the USB. If you are buying them for promotional use and want to put a basic catalogue or simple text files that are not large, the slower speed of a 2.0 would work fine. If you are loading intense graphic or video files that are very large in size, then a 3.0 would be the better option so that people can download or stream smoothly.

You will need to ask yourself how much you want to spend and what you will be using the USB flash drive for. In a multitude of circumstances, the slower 2.0 is still very satisfactory for a lot of uses. One good thing is all 3.0 ports are backward compatible, which means even if you do opt to purchase 2.0 USB drives, they will work with no problem in a 3.0 port, though you will still only get the 2.0 transfer speeds.

If you are still unsure whether you need to upgrade to a 3.0 USB flash drive for your next promotion, give us a call or send us an email, and we’d be happy to provide you with the right advice to fit your circumstances.


The USB Flash Drives Team