As a DJ, you’ve probably built up a collection of USB sticks over the years. There’s no doubt that a quality USB device is a valuable investment and a simple, yet great inclusion to the arsenal of equipment you might use.
In that light, I’ve compiled a few USB Sticks that are reliable and don’t burn a hole in your pocket! So here’s my top 5:
#1 Crossair Flash Survivor Stealth
This USB stick gives you the ultimate protection; it is shock proof, water resistant up to 200m and vibration resistant. With a read speed of 85MBPS, it also packs high performance and comes in 16, 32, 64, 128 & 256GB variants.
#2 Kingston Data Traveler SE9
The Kingston Data Traveler is durable, heat proof and easy to carry around. It is reasonably priced, making it a great option for beginners or occasional DJs. Although, you are limited to a USB 2.0 hardware interface.
#3 SanDisk Ultra
As one of the original manufacturers of USB sticks, SanDisk have delivered a number of devices at varied prices. Although the Ultra is not their cheapest model, it is extremely reliable. The model also brags of a 100MBPS read speed. Additionally, you can protect private files with the SanDisk SecureAccess Software.
#4 Samsung USB Bar
Samsung usually manufactures expensive memory products. Although they have come out with a reasonably priced model with the USB Bar. Stylish design and a ridiculous read speed of 300MBPS, the product is top notch. It’s also been stress-tested at temperatures up to 60℃!
#5 SanDisk Ultra Fit
No surprises, there’s another SanDisk on the list. The Ultra Fit is cheap and powerful, but more notably – it’s tiny! Don’t be fooled by its tiny size though; the Ultra Fit packs quite a punch with 130MBPS read speeds. There have been some reports of heating issues, but nothing too alarming.
And there you have it! My top 5 recommendations. Remember USB sticks with faster Read/Write speeds with a USB 3.0 hardware interface are what you’ll need to import and export music faster from your DJ software.
Also, here’s a pro tip! Always carry a minimum of 2 sticks holding copies of each other to a gig! You never know when an emergency strikes!