Best USB-C thumb drives 2024

Finding the best USB-C thumb drives doesn’t have to be a mission impossible. The idea of enjoying one sounds a lot better than the time you would spend searching for one. With a USB-C thumb drive, you have one that supports the latest USB 3.2 communication protocols and is much faster than your basic USB. They can also give 100W of power to your devices and offer transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps. It’s also the option to go with if you have files in Ultra-HD 4K.

You can use a USB-C in a cheap Android smartphone or a more expensive Samsung Galaxy S24 model. You can put away those OTG adapters and only insert them to access your files with the help of a file explorer app. Here are the best USB-Cs you can get your hands on and start transferring those files. 

With that in mind, here are the best USB-C thumb drives to get your hands on.

These are the best USB-C thumb drives 

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Double the ports, double the fun

You may notice that most drives on this list are multi-port flash drives, with a USB-C port on one end and a USB-A port on the opposite end, just like some USB-C cables. This makes the flash drive an extra-easy way for users to offload photos and files from any Android phone to their computer, even an older computer without USB-C ports.

If you want a Type-C-only flash drive, you can get smaller or higher capacity drives, such as up to a 256GB model available with Samsung. The drive tempts me greatly because it can hold so many movies for offline viewing during those long cross-country flights. 

The SSK External USB-C option is a great way to connect your Chromebook and Macbook while looking good. You can choose between 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models so you always have enough storage for your movies and other files.

A note about read, write, and transfer speeds

Now, when looking at flash drives, you'll see many USB versions thrown around and a lot of talk about how fast a drive is. Like microSD cards, most flash drives are advertised for a transfer speed, which you should always transfer to read speed, not write speed. This is because practically all external storage devices have a lower write speed than read speed, sometimes significantly lower write speeds. However, unlike microSD cards, USB drives don't get covered in speed classifications like V30 or U3.

When you look for a flash drive, higher write speeds are important if you're constantly copying over large data files, but so long as most of the time you're transferring smaller files or just reading files that have been on the drive for a while, any USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 drive should be perfectly fine. Make sure that the USB-C port you're plugging into matches the USB version of your thumb drive. For your reference, the maximum possible data transfer speed for USB 2.0 is 480 Mbps, USB 3.0 is 5 Gbps, and USB 3.1 is 10 Gbps.

Chris Wedel
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Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.
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