As if the confusion between choosing which smartphone or tablet to buy wasn’t overwhelming enough these days, nowadays you also have to decide between different variations of a device. Whether you’re buying a high-end device or buying a lower or mid-segment, there’s always the temptation to stretch the budget a bit more and get a slightly higher variant. This price difference between two variants of the same phones usually comes down to getting additional RAM and storage on board. So while a 64GB iPad is priced at Rs 30,900, the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 37,900. Likewise, while a Realme 8 5G 4GB / 64GB variant is available for Rs 15,499, the 4GB / 128GB variant goes for Rs 16,499. Now if one cannot change the RAM on a phone or tablet, the storage is another matter. If you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to spend that much money on extra storage, there’s a handheld device (literally) that can do the job well for under a thousand dollars.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Go USB Type-C (which we will now call Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive) is a USB flash drive that can not only help you store and transfer data between devices, but can also serve as an extended portable storage space. for your smart phone. The flash drive comes with dual port support – it has a USB Type-C port that lets you connect the device to a smartphone, laptop, or even an iPad, basically anything with a Type port. -C and comes with a USB Gen 3.1 port which essentially offers connectivity to laptops and other devices with a more conventional USB port.
Excellent storage comes in small, colorful packages
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive comes in four different variations, but it’s the 32GB and 64GB options that now fall below the Rs 1,000 mark. The drive has mostly plastic construction, but it’s not the kind of plastic you’re unsure of. It’s rather small but looks pretty sturdy (we dropped it a few times without any damage) and has a swivel design where a plastic cap covers the USB side of the device while the Type-C connector side remains bare. . We ideally would have liked to see a small cap connected to prevent the Type-C port from getting damaged as well, but the company only decided to offer cover to the USB port for some reason. The design of the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive may be reminiscent of some of those once popular fidget spinners and while you can’t spin it that easily (and we don’t recommend it), it can certainly trigger a similar feeling.
This tiny USB drive also has a keychain hole which we think is an absolute necessity, considering how easy it can be lost (it’s very small and super light). You can just pass a string and carry it securely attached to your keys. Finally, it’s available in different colors – you can go for a regular gray or go for a dark blue that’s slightly more pleasing to the eyes or a flashy mint green (we did).
Add gigs to any device with a standard USB or Type-C port
As mentioned earlier, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive is compatible with devices that have both Type C ports and USB ports. And it’s totally cross-platform – it can work with Android, WindowsOS, MacOS, Linux without any issues. You can choose to just plug it in and access it from the file manager app on your device (it connects easily and appears as an additional storage device) and drag and drop content from your device to the reader or vice versa. The USB drive comes with the SanDisk Memory Zone app preinstalled, which makes the process of storing, viewing, and transferring to the device much easier, as the app acts as a file manager that separates different media. The app is easily accessible on Android platforms but is a bit difficult to find on iOS. It is best designed for transferring data and also has the option to save information if you want.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive is also fast. It claims to have read speeds of 150 Mbps and we have observed write speeds of around 40 Mbps. Of course, this varies depending on the device it is connected to, what type of file it is transferred, how much storage is available, etc., but suffice it to say that we were able to transfer a 1GB video file to it in less than one minute. Yes, it may heat up a bit with prolonged use, but never reaches uncomfortable levels. It also cools very quickly.
All of this makes it an incredibly handy device for anyone looking to upgrade their device in terms of storage. Yes, it doesn’t reside in your device like a microSD card (a microSD card costs about the same as this handy little gadget by the way), but on the other hand, the Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive gives you a lot of flexibility. You can free up space on your device by transferring data to it, use it to transfer data from your device to another, and well, you can actually use the same drive to back up data from multiple devices. All without having to fiddle with card pullers and trays – it’s plug and play simplicity at its best. We’ve used it to save and move data to and from a OnePlus Nord 2, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Chromebook, and it works great with all of them.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive is currently available for around Rs 650 for its 32GB variant and Rs 850 for the 64GB variant. We recommend it to anyone trying to get more storage on their device. You get a lot of gigs for not too much money – certainly less than what you’d have to fork out if you went for a higher storage tab or phone!