Samsung’s USB 3.0 thumb drives come in 3 shapes

We all need some pocketable flash storage in our lives, even if it's just to install Windows on a PC without an optical drive. Samsung has us covered with three USB 3.0 drives in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

The first of the three is called the Duo, which has both USB Type-A and micro-USB connectors. Don't let the picture fool you—that's not a Type-C connector under the cap. Instead, Samsung aims this at users who want to move files between their PCs and Android tablets or smartphones, the majority of which have USB 2.0 connections rather than the newer reversible plug.

The golden Bar drive above ditches micro-USB in favor of an all-metal casing with a ring on one end. Samsung says the ring can be attached to a key ring, and it's also supposed to provide an "ergonomic experience" when inserting and removing the drive.

Finally, the Fit is a stumpy little thing that's only 0.78" long, connector and all. This drive looks like it would barely stick out of the back of a notebook, similar to a wireless mouse receiver. Seems perfect for losing on the go, though what looks like a key ring or lanyard slot could keep it from disappearing.

All three drives come in capacities betwen 16 and 64GB, and are rated for read speeds up to 130MB/sec. Samsung covers each model with a five-year warranty. Newegg already has the Fit and Bar models in stock, priced between $18 and $50.

Ben Funk

Sega nerd and guitar lover

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    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    You wouldn’t lose the micro USB drive because it would stay plugged into your laptop the entire time. They’re very handy for essentially expanding storage of mobile devices.

      • FireGryphon
      • 4 years ago

      Unless you own a device that has only one USB drive — and there are many that fall into that category.

      • September
      • 4 years ago

      Ditto – I’ve had one with a replaceable MicroSD slot for years and I still have it.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Hey guys, thumb drives from other manufacturers like Imation, TDK, Toshiba, Sandisk, Kingston, Adata, Transcend, Apacer, Verbatim, etc. also come in different shapes and colors! What a coincidence!

    • Nevermind
    • 4 years ago

    No type B? (Ducks)

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    type C yet not usb 3.1? how come?

      • way2strong
      • 4 years ago

      It’s micro B not type C. Plus are there any benefits to 3.1 other than throughput? These things are only rated for 130 MB/s anyway.

        • Milo Burke
        • 4 years ago

        Reversible would be nice.

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Three new models? I wish they’d just name them the way we all understand. These new names like Duo / Bar / Fit don’t fall nicely into my bigoted sweeping generalisation of lousy Samsung product classifications!

    [list<][*<]So there's the "EVO" which doesn't work because it forgets how to read data over time.[/*<][*<]Then there's the "Vanilla" which is like the EVO but it's cheaper (and Samsung doesn't admit that it has senile dementia because you're not paying enough to matter to them as a customer). [/*<][*<]Finally there's the Pro which works but needs an update, after which it's totally bricked and needs to be RMA'd.[/*<][/list<] I'll take one of each please, they sound great. /s In all fairness though if your phone is infected with Touchwiz, the Duo could be useful because every Samsung phone I've ever encounters has serious issues acting as a mass storage device over a USB cable, whilst other phones are just plug-and-play. A kludge to fix a kludge is a fitting solution for Samsung.

      • divide_by_zero
      • 4 years ago

      This is some high-quality, well-deserved, nerd-rage directed at Samsung.

      Needs more +’s

        • nerdrage
        • 4 years ago

        I approve of this message!

          • divide_by_zero
          • 4 years ago

          Ha!

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