Exclusive: The 2TB memory stick is the biggest ever, costs only $190 and delivers SSD-like performance
TeamGroup unveiled a new USB flash drive at Computex 2023, the C231, with a capacity of up to 2TB, becoming the largest memory stick on the market for sale later this year.
A near Kingston 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT Flash Drive But it was retired a few years ago, partly because it was a weird design and partly because it was prohibitively expensive at around $2,000.
I’m told the C231 will cost around $190 (roughly GBP150, EUR177, AUD 291), with the actual retail price likely to be much, much lower (especially as we approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday) and our likely to go to best usb flash drive Buying guide because of its potential.
You can already get 1TB USB flash drives for less than $70 (Buffalo SSD-PUT1.0U3B, ssk, teamgroup’s own C212 – Our Editor’s Choice for Memory Sticks – One of the cheapest at around $75. What sets the C231 apart is that it claims to deliver SSD-like performance in such a small form factor. The press release sent to us mentions “up to 1000MB/s read and write speeds” thanks to the USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector.
The document notes a “convenient push-and-slide mechanism also eliminates the need for cap storage, making it even easier to transfer data” as well as the USB stick’s “sleek matte black metal exterior making it a must-have addition to users’ daily device collections.” Adds a stylish touch, while the hole design allows users to attach it to key rings, backpacks or other accessories for easy carrying and storage on the go.
I have asked for sample to check as soon as available. Also there is no fixed release date and I expect to see a three year warranty attached to it.
Beware of Fake USB Drives
Many well-known USB drive brands have stopped unveiling high-capacity flash drives (and memory cards). For example Samsung doesn’t do 1TB memory sticks or 1TB microSD cards. This vacuum has encouraged the growth of an entire industry of counterfeit USB drives that sell cheap 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB flash drives.
Online marketplaces such as Ebay, Alibaba and Amazon are inundated with them; This is very much buyer beware and not surprisingly there are many sellers who will be wary. As always, with such a large capacity, always back up your content, either a cloud backup or a backup software,