We know you occasionally need to move huge files between computers; services like DropBox can take a little bit longer to transfer the files and require log-in on the receiving end. Sometimes nothing beats the convenience of a thumbdrive...always at the ready and with enough punch to tackle a full HD movie, music, videos and then some more.
The Sony MicroVault is super light. We like that it doesn't have a cap and the USB connector slides in and out. The only problem would be dirt getting inside while storing it inside your pocket or travel bag. Writing files seems fast but we couldn't say the same while reading files.
Kingston Generation 3 DataTraveller
The Data Traveller is the cheapest of the bunch. We were surprised by its performance, both reading and writing. The case feels solid enough to be tossed around, making it a great budget friendly option.
Corsair Flash Voyager GT
The form factor for the Corsair is on the big side, which could be good if you are prone to loose some of the smaller ones (we've misplaced more than a handful of the new tiny ones!). Look and feel is more in par with a tool you will find at homedepot, with rubberized inserts in bright red. It comes with an USB extension cable and a lanyard.
Transcend JetFlash 600 Ultra Speed
With a name like Ultra Speed, your product better perform as advertised… and that's the case here. Fast writing and reading data transfer times makes for a seamless operation. Design-wise is kind of bland, but the great performance is worth the compromise in the "looks department".