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USB speeds

In my opinion, when buying USB-based storage products (flash memory, external hard drives, etc.), the most important factor is not the size; but the supported data transfer rate. Transfer rate does not matter with keyboards or mice. The USB specification has defined four transfer rate classes. They are:

USB versionNameSpeed
1.0Low speed1.5 Mbit/s
1.1Full speed12 Mbit/s
2.0Hi-speed480 Mbit/s
3.0SuperSpeed4800 Mbit/s

The numbers don't lie. Sure, they're theoretical, but they're a good guideline when buying USB products. If you need portable storage, get at least Hi-speed or SuperSpeed (USB 3.0) if your system supports it. Anything below that isn't worth it.