USB 3.0 PROMO FLASH NOW AVAILABLE

We are distributors of USB flash to the gift and promotions industry

Type C USB memory sticks in stock

USB 3.0 swivel flash drive

Suppliers of USB 3.0 flash

We are distributors of USB 3.0 flash drives to the gift and promotions industry.  If you need branded flash drives you are at the right place.   We have supplied USB 2.0 flash for many years and we are now proud to offer USB3 as well.  We can print or laser engrave your logo onto a flash drive that you will be proud to give away.  We are based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  We ship countrywide via express courier.

 

About USB 3.0

USB 3.0 was introduced to replace USB 2.0 standard.  The new standard allows for much faster data transfer than USB 2.0 memory sticks.  USB 3.0 ports and memory sticks can be identified by the blue strip inside the port.   The new drives offer the same plug and play capabilities of USB 2.0, just at far higher speeds.  For more information visit   www.usb.org/home

USB 3.0 – Flash that can be branded (OEM)

We are able to offer USB3  speed of 20 – 30MB/s write speed and 70 – 80 MB/s read speed.  This OEM flash is not as fast as top tier USB 3.0 but it is far faster than regular promotional flash.

USB 3.0 with logo Skype

Why is promo USB 3.0 flash not very common?

You may be wondering why gift and promotions companies do not offer USB3 very often.  This is because USB 2.0 memory sticks sold as gifts are actually a low grade of flash.  These only write at 4-5 MB/s and read at 18-20 MB/s.   Clients who want to use this flash for large video or image files will find that regular promo flash that can be branded is unbearably slow to write.

 Brand name USB flash

In addition to our promo USB flash, we have partnered with an A-Grade flash company to bring you top quality flash drives at a reasonable price.  We can offer the following brands:

  • Strontium
  • Sandisk
  • Strontium
  • Lexar
  • PNY
  • Verbatim
  • Samsung

Please note that it’s not possible to add your logo to these brand name memory sticks.  Call our staff for prices on this flash or email us on sales(at)geckomedia.co,za for a prompt quote.

USB FLASH FAQ's

Will USB 3.0 work in USB 2.0 port?

Yes USB3 is backwards compatible with older computer ports.

Will a USB 3.0 flash drive work faster than USB 2.0 if used in my USB 2.0 port?

No, USB 3.0 speeds are achieved by new technology that allows multiple streams of data transfer that boosts its peak signalling bandwidth.   USB 2.0 ports do not supports these multiple streams.

USB 3.0 flash drives do however work on USB 2.0 ports.

How fast is USB3 ?

USB 3.0 can transfer data at up to 5 Gigabits per second (625MB/s).   This is about 10x faster than USB 2.0 flash could achieve.

What is the benefit of USB 3.0 over USB 2.0?

Higher transfer speeds save you time when copying large files.

What is OTG?

USB OTG is an abbreviation of Universal Serial Bus On The Go.  OTG simply enables a communication link between two devices.

OTG, in the context of USB flash drives, allows a flash drive to plug into devices such as phones and tablets.  This effectively expands the memory of devices without a SD card slot.   OTG could also be in the form of cameras, keyboards or mice.

 

USB terms can be technical and confusing.  Recently there have been a number of announcements of USB 3.1 and USB Type-C.  You may be wondering what the differences are.  Which one will you need?  Lets examine the different options.

What is USB Type-C?

Over the years, the USB connection has taken on many forms. The rectangular port you’re most familiar is called USB Type-A. The blocky, almost square port used in many large peripherals like printers is USB Type-B. Add micro and mini versions of each of these into the fold and suddenly you’ve got a half dozen connection type and a recipe for confusion.

USB 3.1 Type-C

But now Type-C is here to save the day. USB Type-C is a description of the port connection itself. It’s small, compact, and replaces the standard USB Type-A and B connections as well as the myriad of micro and mini USB ports. Basically, it’s one USB connection type to rule them all. And best of all, it’s reversible, so the days of flipping your USB cable three times before inserting it correctly may finally be numbered. Over the next few years, look for USB Type-C to begin becoming the universal port for all devices including desktop, laptop, and mobile.

One thing to note, because announcements of Type-C connections have come hand in hand with USB 3.1, many people assume they’re the same, or at the very least that all Type-C runs on the 3.1 spec. This is not the case. Remember, Type-C is the connection type and may actually run on a lesser spec – USB 2.0 even – so don’t assume you’ll be getting all that 3.1 goodness just because you see that tiny reversible port.

What is USB 3.1?

USB Type-A and a USB Type C side-by-side in harmony

USB Type-A and a USB Type C side-by-side in harmony

USB 3.1 (aka USB 3.1/gen 2) is the successor to USB 3.0. Identifiable by its bright turquois port, USB 3.1 doubles the transfer speed of 3.0 to a whopping 10 Gbps. USB Power Delivery 2.0 makes a big step forward as well with up to 100W of power. And like previous versions of USB, it is fully backwards compatible with its predecessors.

When used with the Type-C connection, things get really interesting for 3.1. The 100W of PD v2.0 is enough to power and charge full sized notebooks, which means the proprietary AC port may soon be replaced by this universal alternative. With 4 data lanes, USB 3.1 Type-C can even carry DisplayPort and HDMI video signals, further adding to its ubiquity. Again, one port to rule them all.

So what does this mean?

While USB Type-C is definitely on its way, we’re still years away from a total takeover, and even then, the impact will be more on mobile devices and laptops than desktops. A change like this can often take quite a while though, especially with all of the Type-A devices out there.