USB drives just keep getting cheaper. Soon, we’ll be seeing them as Cracker Jack prizes or surprises in cereal boxes. A few months ago, a 32 GB drive sold for more than $300: now you can get that capacity for close to $100 from many retailers, and within a few more months prices will have dropped yet again, making larger drives more affordable. We looked at four of the roomiest drives on the market—all 32 GB—from Patriot, OCZ (two of them), and Kanguru and found that all offer solid performance, and prices currently less than $130.
Why bother with such large-capacity flash drives, other than geek bragging rights? You may have to backup and restore a collection of files that doesn’t easily fit on a DVD, or you may want to carry your computing environment with you using a virtual environment. Or, maybe you just are a veritable pack rat, and can’t part with your music, videos, and photos that can quickly add up to many gigabytes. Whatever the reason, you are in luck, because more and more vendors are making these larger flash drives, and most of them are solid performers, too.