SanDisk Extreme Go and SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Review

In today’s fast-paced world, speed is everything and we seldom have the patience to wait around to transfer large files. Storage drives today try to keep up with people who want to transfer content on the go, even for last-minute meetings and journeys. When it comes to storage, we look for bigger and faster as the years go by, and SanDisk has tried to bring just that with the Extreme Go and Extreme Pro USB 3.1 flash drives.

The company launched the Extreme Go and Extreme Pro USB 3.1 flash drives starting at Rs. 3,990 and Rs. 8,490, respectively. Both boast of high speeds, and the Extreme Pro specifically highlights SSD-like performance. At the time of launch, SanDisk said that the new USB 3.1 flash drives are made for those who need to transfer large amounts of data on the go. We review the SanDisk Extreme Go and Extreme Pro USB 3.1 flash drives to find out just how fast they really are.

But before we get into it, we remind you that both the Extreme Go and Extreme Pro flash drives work at USB 3.1 Gen 1 speed. USB 3.1 sounds like it should be faster than USB 3.0, but there two tiers to this standard. USB 3.1 Gen 1 works at the same 5Gbps speed as USB 3.0, while Gen 2 takes it up to 10Gbps. Both use the same physical USB 3.0 Type-A connector which is backward-compatible with USB USB 2.0 ports, and can run at that lower speed as well. Companies that advertise only “USB 3.1” might be just using that name to make products seem newer and faster, when in reality USB 3.1 Gen 1 is functionally identical to USB 3.0.

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SanDisk Extreme Go and SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 design

The Extreme Go looks similar in size and shape to the Extreme Pro. If you were to look at both from a distance, you might not be able to tell them apart. However, on closer look you’ll notice that the Extreme Go is curvier around the looped end compared to the Extreme Pro. The former also sees a transparent slider over a rugged texture. Since the Extreme Go is aimed at the lower end of the pen drive market, it has a plastic casing rather than the metallic one seen on the Extreme Pro. The plastic feels smooth and also makes the drive feel very light. It’s all black, which we liked. A slider on top brings out the USB connector, and feels very sturdy when you slide it end-to-end, making a solid and very satisfying “click” sound. Despite its smooth design, the drive can feel a bit too plasticky, and might not survive multiple falls.

In this area, the Extreme Pro seems to have an edge with its aluminium body. Yes, it is a lot pricier, but you have the comfort of knowing that it can survive rough handling. The metal body feels solid and is quite smooth all around.