Sure, fake high-capacity flash drives and SSDs tend to grab the headlines, but there are also roomy flash drives out there that are legit. One drive that definitely isn’t fake is our favorite flash drive, Buffalo’s SSD-PUT. It currently occupies the top spot on our Best Flash Drive page thanks to its balance of performance and price. And right now it’s as affordable as it's ever been, down to just $92 for the 2TB model. And the 1TB model is on sale for a pretty sweet $56. You can also pick up the 500GB model for a discounted $40. But most people should probably spend the extra $16 to double their storage space.
As our testing shows, Buffalo's SSD-PUT doesn't lead the pack in terms of flash drive speed. But it's still fast for a flash drive, easily topping 500MB/s, while costing significantly less than the fastest drives. Transcend's ESD310C is consistently faster, but it's currently more than $50 pricier for the 2TB model than the 2TB SSD-PUT. That makes Buffalo's drive an easy winner for most people. Because if you really need speed, you should opt for one of the best external SSDs instead of a flash drive.
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After a rough start with the Mattel Aquarius as a child, Matt built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last 15 years covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper, PCMag and Digital Trends.