CustomUSB Carbide Really the 'World's Best Flash Drive'?

10 May 2013
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Author: Anthony Garland
10 May 2013, Comments: 0

Over the years we have heard many bold and brash claims, but ‘World’s Best Flash Drive’ certainly is right up there with the most self-aggrandizing. As the URL suggests, the Carbide flash drive from CustomUSB claims to literally be the world’s best flash drive.

This certainly is a rather bold claim to make, but this 25 gram, 80 x 20 x 10.5mm flash drive does have some very impressive features to back it up. These include platform independent security PIN lock; AES 256-bit self encryption (with FIPS Security 140-2 Level 3 certification); multi-user with multiple passwords abilities; tamper and hacker resistance; free portable applications; and even built-in ESET anti-virus abilities with 5 years of free updates. Furthermore, these 8GB – 32GB drives are Military certified (810F) for Water, Dust, Shock & Tamper Resistant. CustomUSB even includes a full suite of PortableApps plus free name engraving into aluminium housing and a free gift tin to store it in.

The only real big issue with the self proclaimed World’s Best Flash Drive – besides the PC only software included – is the Carbide’s performance. Where this is USB 2.0, a certain amount of lowered expectations have to be taken into account; however, 27MB/s read and 24MB/s write speed is rather poor even by USB 2.0 flash drive standards. Obviously, this is the area that corners were cut in order to make the $90 to $150 price range. However if you value security more than performance, then maybe this is world’s best flash drive for you. For everyone else, TrueCrypt plus a fast flash drive may be a more optimal choice.