Patriot does a lot of things for tech fans; solid state drives, gaming keyboards, gaming mice, headsets as well as RGB memory modules. It's a popular brand and one that has been well received by reviewers (including us) for more than a decade.
However, unbeknown to many is that they have a USB flash drive brand (AKA thumb drives) that is nothing short of exceptional for two reasons.
First, its flagship model, the 1TB Supersonic Rage Elite (PEF1TBSRE3USB) (opens in new tab) is one of the cheapest 1TB USB flash drives on the market. At the time of writing, it was the most affordable one, costing a mere $155 at Newegg.
(Unfortunately, the popular US retailer does not deliver to every single country in the world, so international customers may have to use a specialist parcel forwarding service if they want to take advantage of the deal)
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An alternative to cloud storage
Then, there’s the little known fact that Patriot claims that it is an extremely fast drive, one of the fastest on the market with a read speed of up to 400MBps and a write speed of up to 300MBps.
It has a rubber coated housing which should protect it from most bumps, its retractable design means there’s no cap to lose, it has an LED light indicator and comes with a three-year warranty.
Bear in mind that you need to have a USB 3.0 connector to make the most of out it; this is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 rather than a real USB 3.1 (which is now USB 3.1 Gen 2). And while demand for flash drives may have fallen due to the popularity of microSD (opens in new tab)cards and cloud storage services, they do represent with a great alternative to either of the aforementioned solutions.
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