The Samsung MUF-32BA USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a simple portable thumb drive that sports an attractive look. Aside from its eye-catchy design, it is gratuitously placed at a low price point. It is sleek and it is very portable. It can even be slipped on a lanyard or a keychain. However, it’s glossy exterior is slippery and can be hard to pull out of USB ports at times.
The Samsung MUF-32BA USB 3.0 Flash Drive is Beautiful
Encased in a silver chassis, the Samsung MUF-32BA USB 3.0 Flash Drive measures in at 0.43 x 1.57 x 0.48-inches and it weighs a very lightweight 0.3-ounces. It is even quite smaller than other flash drives on the market. It is even smaller than the SanDisk Extreme 3.0 which is 2.75-inches long and weighs 0.5-ounces. However, the smallest in its class would still have to be the Kingston Data Traveler microDuo 3.0.
Size aside, on one end of the MUF-32BA USB Flash Drive is the USB 3.0 plug, and the other has the a hole wherein you can attach a lanyard or a keychain. Unfortunately, there is no cover or protector to hide the USB 3.0 plug. Still, the drive is water, dust, and shock proof. But don’t go submerging it into water any time soon, or ever.
As for its chassis, it is a tad too slippery to the touch. Thus, it makes it quite difficult to pull out when connected to another device. For the drive itself, it is formatted to FAT32, hence, it can work on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS. This drive is as simple as it gets as there are no security features embedded into it.
When compared to other USB 3.0 flash drives in terms of performance, Samsung’s contender offers a middling performance, even for its budget-friendly price point. When inserted over a USB 3.0 connection, it displays a read speed of 36-megabytes per second (MBps) and a write speed of 15MBps. This is slower than the Lexar M20 Mobile which is able to do 92MBps for its read speed and 36MBps on the write. Still, it can beat out other budget-wise flash drives with equally smaller form factors, such as the Leef Bridge 3.0 which can do 35MBps read speed and 8MBps write speed.
Sacrificing some points for a more budget-friendly stature, the Samsung MUF-32BA USB 3.0 Flash Drive is still an aesthetically pleasing device. Performance-wise, it is decent but there are some clear winners in the market which can easily beat Samsung’s miniature contender.