As far as culture goes, this drive has my warmest well-wishes and fervent prayers. It embodies the Yoruba child: ever so progressive with its ultra-modern USB-C connector but staying true to its roots (and elders) in its compatibility with USB-A ports.
It is no secret that USB-A ports are on their way out the door. Most new electronic devices are manufactured solely for USB-C connectivity. USB-C offers quicker speeds and more optimal designs.
But what about those who have had so much media stored on older devices or even those who might have just recently purchased the last of the more affordable, USB-A compatible PCs or mobile devices? Enter Western Digital’s offering: the SanDisk Dual USB Drive Type-C.
Speed, of course, is the name of the game when it comes to storage drives and at 150MB/s read speeds, the SanDisk Dual USB Drive Type-C does not disappoint.
I had a friend who doubles as an IT major perform a Blackmagicdesign Disk Speed Test on my personal laptop (a USB-C supported Macbook Pro 2018) with the drive plugged in and then perform it again on my work laptop, a Windows’ HP Elitebook, with USB-A ports.
The read speeds came back at 150.4MB/s and 150.8MB/s, respectively, supporting WD’s advertised claims of the drive’s USB 3.1 Gen 1 support.
The write speeds, however, came back at 63.9MB/s and 60.9MB/s. This indicates that the drive is more ideal for reading files than writing files to it. While it will get the job done, more patience is required when writing files.
My initial worries about compatibility were resolved as the drive is compatible with all the major operating systems (Mac, Windows, Google Chrome OS and Linux) courtesy of FAT32, a filing system used to organize the files stored on a disk drive.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Type-C has a premium metal construction which creates an effective heat sink, absorbing a significant amount of heat without significantly changing temperature.
This is a good thing as it keeps the performance of the drive as optimal as possible.
The offset is that the exterior of the drive case gets a little warmer to the touch when in use. It has a reversible swivel design so you can alternate between the USB-A and USB-C connectors. Both connectors are on opposite ends of the main body.
A swinging cover protects one connection type at a time (and leaves the other exposed). Personally, I choose to protect the more valuable USB-C connector most of the time.
Furthermore, there is also a hole in the swinging cover, so it can be attached to a keychain.
Availability and pricing
If, like me, you are sold on this flash drive, Amazon offers it for a wide range of prices beginning at $10.49 for the 32GB and $30.99 for the 256GB.
On Jumia, it sells between N3,338 and N4,775 for the 32GB and N18,000 for 128GB of storage. Both options are generous on the pockets of the average Nigerian consumer.
With its dual connectors, all-metal construction, compact size, and affordability, the pros for this storage drive far outweigh the cons.
Overall, be rest assured: your media files now have more than one place to stay thanks to the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Type-C.