Do you know what to look for when buying flash drives?

Despite huge technological changes over the last decade, USB flash drives have stood strong. They're compact, portable and make file sharing a breeze. But, as an employer, knowing what to look for in a flash drive can be tricky.

If you buy a single flash drive that doesn't quite meet your needs, no biggie. You can always purchase another. But when you're looking to buy in bulk, you just can't afford to make errors.

Luckily, you don't have to. We've got you covered with 5 top factors to consider when buying flash drives.

Let's do this.

1. Speed

USB flash drives come in two transfer speeds: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is the faster, and also the more expensive. The price difference is modest though, and USB 3.0 is capable of transfer speeds up to 10x faster than its predecessor.

If you do opt for a USB 3.0 drive, you'll first want to check the ports that you'll be using to transfer your data from/to. If your business uses computers with USB 2.0 ports, you may wish to save the extra cash and buy 2.0 drives.

2. Device Size

Why is device size important? Well, due to the size of many flash drives, adjoining USBs ports can be impossible to use if one is occupied by a flash drive.

The obvious solution here is to buy a device on the smaller side. Just be aware that downgrading size may also mean downgrading speed capabilities, as more space is often required for higher grade components.

3. Storage

When it comes to storage requirements, estimations can get a little tricky. Why?

Well, it's impossible to say that 'x number of photos' or 'x number of videos' can fit onto any given device, due to the variance in the size of different photo and video files. As an example, you could fit 1,000, 6-megapixel photos or 250, 24-megapixel images onto a 2GB drive. The same issues exist for music files, too.

Our advice?

If you're expecting your employees to use their drives for large files such as HD video, opt for the largest size device your budget allows. For your reference, a 256GB flash drive can hold just under 4 hours of HD footage.

However, if your staff will mainly be dealing with word docs or excel files (which take up next to no space), then a 2GB drive should be more than sufficient.

4. Material

The great thing about flash drives is that their exterior can be crafted from almost any material. With all the below, the core function of the USB flash drives remains entirely unaltered. So the only real consideration here is one of appearance.

Metal: customisable in thousands of shapes. Think padlocks, pistols and bottle openers.

Plastic: the classic flash drive look. Think swivel, twist, and compact designs.

Eco: made from wood or high-density paper, that is recycled and biodegradable.

Bespoke PVC: fancy something completely different? Your options are practically limitless with PVC molds.

5. Branding

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Due to the vast array of material options, you could choose between a novel design that'll get people talking about your business, or a sleek, professional flash drive that subtly showcases your logo.

Don't underestimate the value of flash drives as a brandable marketing tool. Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Flash drives are often shared during file swaps, exposing your brand to a broad audience
  2. If you provide your clients with data, gifting them a personalised flash drive will sweeten the deal and keep your company name at the forefront of their mind
  3. A one-time drive cost can continue to provide passive brand awareness for years to come

Buying Flash Drives

Worried about buying in bulk only to be disappointed by the design? Get in touch! We can provide free visual artworks before you order, ensuring you're fully satisfied with the end product.

Ready to make the leap and purchase some new flash drives for your business? Contact us today, and you'll receive a free personalised quote, within the hour.