SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Review

  • Performance
  • Design & Build
  • Features
  • Benchmarks
  • Innovation

Are you frustrated moving large files and your favorite movies over to your USB drive? Yes, even though the latest USB drives come upgraded with a lot of storage capacity, the read/write speed still hasn’t improved a lot. But SanDisk, one of the leading manufacturers of USB drives in the world seem to have found a solution finally to this problem. With the release of the Extreme Pro 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive, you can copy movie files and large data files 50% faster than your normal flash drives. The Extreme Pro USB 3.1 now offers an incredible read/write speeds of up to 420MB/380MB respectively, which means you can transfer a 4K movie file in almost 15 seconds.

SanDisk, the Extreme Pro offers read/write speeds similar to an SSD drive and they also come with capacities up to 256 GB to enable storing of as many movie files and large files you need in a single flash drive. Along with increased speed and storage capacity, the Extreme Pro has more to offer with its SecureAccess Software. It is a 128-but file encryption and password protection to make sure all your files are safe and secure on your flash drive.

Design

The SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 comes in an attractive aluminum outer casing and by the looks of it, you can call it as extremely premium quality USB. The matte black finish also adds to the superior look of the Extreme Pro. It also comes with a USB connector that is retractable with a help of a slider on top of the casing. You can also see the company logo neatly embedded on top of the slider. The Extreme Pro is specifically designed to be light-weight that you can easily carry the USB drive in your pocket and feel nothing. You also have options to link the flash drive with your keychain, so you don’t misplace it at all times.  The high-quality aluminum casing helps in shielding the USB drive from the day-to-day wear and tear. The drive lights up with a blue light to indicate that the drive is currently in use.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the Extreme Pro 3.1 is far ahead than many other USB drives available in the market. With an Extreme Pro at your disposal, you can copy files to your USB drive in seconds and large data files and movie files can be moved quickly when compared to other USB drives. With a blazingly fast performance that has never been witnessed in a USB drive that you can 1000 photos from your PC to the drive in less than 25 seconds.  A bunch of large video files with a total size of 4.5 GB got transferred within 15 seconds with the Extreme Pro.

The drives of the Extreme Pro are pre-formatted to ExFAT to enable the drive to work on both Mac and Windows systems. Our standard CrystalDiskMark tests also confirmed the read/write speed of the Extreme Pro was close to what the company claims. By running many sequential writes to the flash drive, the Extreme Pro showed a maximum write speed of around 350Mbps. Overall, the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 performance was way better when compared to every other USB drive in the market in terms of read/write speed and storage capacity. It truly works similar to an SSD.

Security & Privacy

One other important factor when transferring data from your PC to your USB is how much security can you provide to all your private files that now exist on the USB drive. The Extreme Pro USB 3.1 has completely taken care of this aspect in securing your data and privacy to a great extent. The SanDisk USB 3.1 comes equipped with a SecureAccess software that enables you to protect all your files with a password with 128-bit file encryption.

The software is extremely easy to use as all you need is to create a folder on your flash drive and protect it with a password. When you copy files in this folder, all the files get automatically encrypted with a 128-bit file encryption. So you never need to worry if you misplace it somewhere or when your flash drive gets stolen, as no one could access your files unless they have the password to open the folder.

Also, the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 also comes with another great utility, the RescuePro Deluxe software that lets you recover any files that you could have accidentally deleted from your flash drive. But you need to have this software downloaded into the USB drive as it doesn’t come pre-installed on the flash drive.

Product Highlights

  • Comes with an attractive aluminum casing to withstand the everyday wear and tear
  • Offers read/write speeds up to a maximum of 420MB/380MB respectively
  • Provides the performance and reliability similar to a SSD
  • Equipped with SecureAccess Software to secure your files
  • RescuePRO Deluxe data recovery software provides an easy way to recover accidentally deleted files
  • Compatible With USB 3.0 And 2.0 Ports

The Extreme Pro USB 3.1 solid-state flash drive is truly a revelation in the field of USB drive technology as SanDisk has worked really hard to bring out a USB drive that works similar to an SSD in terms of read/write speed and huge storage capacity. With the Extreme Pro at your disposal, you never need to worry about last minute copying of files for your meeting or storing a large amount of data on your USB disk. We could certainly say that the blazing fast speed of data transfer cannot be experienced in any other USB disks in the market. Along with the speed and the storage capacity, the Extreme Pro has a lot more to offer in terms of in terms of securing all your files with 128-bit file encryption and password protection. Even though the pricing may be a bit on the higher side, you could never get hold of a USB drive that offers an unmatched performance and speed. If you are really into speed and security, then the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 should be in your hands today.

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