Head over to eBay if you want to get the cheapest USB 3.0 flash drive (as measured per GB) and it is neither from a no-name brand, nor from an obscure retailer. BT-owned Dabs sells the Lexar JumpDrive S73 for £24.96 with free delivery and 24 Nectar points.
The drive carries three year warranty and has a retractable USB 3.0 connector with read/write speeds of 45MBps and 20MBps respectively. In comparison, a bog-standard, swivel cap USB 2.0 drive of similar capacity sells for as little as £14.49 (via eBay).
That’s a cost of 22.6p per GB. In other words, £100 buys you around 256GB of USB 3.0 storage but 448GB of USB 2.0 storage which is fairly sizable. This may well mean that the significant price drops we witnessed since the beginning of the year have levelled out with demand balancing out supply.
Still we’re quite surprised that no one came up with an empty enclosure that can take up to 10 USB 3.0 and convert them into a single logical entity. Ditto for the surprisingly resilient price of USB 3.0 storage.