Reviewed by David Savage
We all lead very busy lives these days and always on the go. Computers, tablets and phones play a bit part in our schedules, whether at work, at home or travelling between the two. With all the digital equipment we own we create a lot of data, and while it can be transferred to our other devices using a variety of methods (portable drives, Bluetooth, email or cloud storage), sometimes we just need something small, fast, simple and secure,
I received the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive for review. This is a USB 3.1 flash drive in a tiny thumbnail size. This is ideal for keeping in your bag or pocket and is an extremely easy way to transfer files.
It is a Plug and Play device – you just plug it in and start using. Being USB 3.1 it is a high speed device, with a speed of up to 130MB/s and can transfer a full-length movie in less than 30 seconds (based on 1.2GB file), writing at a speed of up to 15x times faster than USB 2.0 (depending on specification of you host device). It is available in sizes from 16GB to 256GB, so has plenty of storage space for all your data needs.
All sounds simple and easy enough. But there’s more! You can use the flash drive in two ways, one as a simple storage device where everyone can see your files or as a secure device where no one has access to your files (and both ways can be used together).
The flash drive can keep your data private and secure using the SanDisk SecureAccess (powered by EncryptStick) software included on the flash drive. This creates a secure area on the drive that is password protected using 128-bit AES encryption (you can upgrade your protection for £14.99 which has stronger encryption should you need it). You run the vault software (included on the drive) and just copy and paste / drag and drop your files into the vault and they are automatically encrypted. These files cannot to viewed, opened, copied or deleted until the vault is opened with your password.
Depending on your point of view, the only possible downside of using the vault is that there is no password recovery / forgotten password option – if you forget your password you cannot get access to your data on the drive. For me this is an excellent feature, ensuring that no one can use the software and use recovery options to find out or change the password, gaining access to your files.
As mentioned earlier, you can use the drive as a standard USB storage device and do not need to use the SecureAcess software if you don’t want to.
This is a very handy gadget for busy people and with Father’s Day approaching, dads on the go! It is compact, fast and secure. With the high data transfer speeds, you can copy on a full length film in less than a minute before leaving the house or office and have something to watch on the train while travelling with your laptop or tablet (no internet connection required).
It can used on Windows and Mac devices (you may need to download the Mac version of the software separately) and is compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.So if you are looking for a Father’s Day gift for your tech loving dad, the SanDisk Ultra Fit flash drive would be a good idea.
RRP: from £5.99 to £49.99 (16GB to 256GB)