Best USB Pendrives Under Rs.1,000 (32 GB & 64 GB) (December 2019)

by | Dec 5, 2019

Pen drives play a huge part and parcel of our life, especially in India even with the advent of cloud-based storage services.

People find it easy to use cheap pen drives for offline data transfer between the devices rather than investing their money of a relatively expensive external hard disk drive.

In this article, we bring you the best six cheap USB powered pen drives in the Indian market priced under Rs.1000.

Without any further ado, let’s jump in the article for more information!

Best USB Pen Drives in India Under Rs.1000

1. Kingston DT50Overall Best Pick
2. SanDisk Ultra DualBest OTG Pen Drive
3. Strontium AmmoUSB C Pen Drive
4. Sandisk Cruzer BladeBest Budget USB Pen Drive
5. Sony Microvault Best Branded Pen Drive
6. HP V150wHonorable Mention

1. Kingston DT50

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Overall Best Pick
  • 64GB USB 3.0 pen drive
  • Decent read/write speeds
  • Durable metal casing

Kingston is a US-based flash memory storage manufacturer popular for budget SSDs and memory cards.

The DT50 64GB USB pen drive from Kingston is one of the cheapest USB 3.0 pen drives available in the Indian market right now.

Design and Build Quality

The Kingston DT50 comes with a small and compact metal casing with a coloured accent plastic cap at the top.

This pendrive despite its low price feels extremely robust and durable in hand. The only issue with this otherwise well-built device is that it lacks a security cap for the USB connector.

This may allow dust and water to enter inside the chassis and damage the fragile circuitry inside if not handled carefully.

Data transfer performance

Being a USB3.0 pendrive, the Kingston DT50 provides a decent 25MB/s read speed and 20MB/s write speed consistently.

Given the price of this pendrive, this speed is much better than what the USB2.0 pen drives with the same price provide.

Miscellaneous

There are different variants of this pendrive in various size categories to choose from.

Kingston provides a 5-year warranty on this device if something unfortunate happens in between.

Verdict

The Kingston DT50 is one of the cheapest USB3.0 64GB pen drives in the Indian market as of now.

The durable metal casing and the decent data transfer speeds make it one of the best affordable pen drives worth purchasing under Rs.1000.

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Small and compact

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Capless design

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Reliable NAND memory

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No cap protection

Specifications

Storage Capacity64 GB
USB TypeUSB 3.0
Body Construction MaterialMetal

2. Sandisk Ultra Dual

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Best USB OTG Pendrive
  • Fast data transfer speeds
  • 64GB storage capacity
  • Excellent data integrity

Sandisk is a subsidiary of the popular US-based data storage brand – Western Digital.

The Ultra Dual from Sandisk is a reversible USB 3.0 device that comes with 64GB of onboard storage space.

Design and Build Quality

The Sandisk Ultra Dual is a very lightweight and compact device. It comes with a semi-transparent plastic case that looks unique to the eyes.

It has a reversible connector set up with the regular USB 3.0 Type-A port on one side and the micro-USB port on the other side.

The overall construction is pretty good for the price. There is also a small provision on the chassis to hand this pendrive on to a keychain, in case you have the habit of misplacing things often.

Data transfer performance

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the Sandisk Ultra Dual is a USB 3.0 power device.

This means it’s significantly faster than the conventional USB 2.0 protocol. You can easily achieve speeds up to 130MB/s while transferring data between the devices.

This is also backwards compatible, meaning you can use it with the older USB2,0 ports as well.

USB-OTG

The micro-USB port on the side of this pendrive helps it to be connected directly to your smartphone with a micro-USB port.

If your phone supports USB OTG function, you can directly view, edit or copy files from this pendrive easily.

Verdict

The Sandisk Ultra Dual is a USB OTG enabled 64GB pendrive priced around Rs.800.

The affordable price tag and the relatively faster USB3.0 technology makes this pendrive suitable for offline data transfers.

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Ultra-compact

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Elegant transparent plastic construction

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Micro USB input

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Inconsistent transfer speeds

 Specifications

Storage Capacity64 GB
USB TypeUSB 3.0
Body Construction MaterialTransparent plastic

3. Strontium Ammo

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Best Build Quality
  • Easy to carry around
  • Can withstand falls
  • High-quality flash memory

Strontium has been in the memory card business so long and is popular in marketing affordable memory cards for smartphones and cameras.

The Strontium Ammo is a 32GB USB3.1 USB pen drive that features a rugged metallic build which makes it suitable for rough use.

Design and Build Quality

The Strontium ammo looks and feels sleek. The metallic chassis with a keychain holder makes it suitable to clip it with your backpack or keys.

The keychain holder is metallic as well and is well made.

The embossed Strontium logo on the metallic chassis imparts a shiny and premium feel.

In short, compactness and sturdiness combined in an attractive form-factor are what we can say about the design of the USB pen drive.

Performance

Strontium, in general, uses high-quality flash memory modules in their products.

This makes them perform faster when compared with some other USB3.0 devices priced similarly.

All USB devices are inter-compatible with different devices following different USB standards.

If you plug this USB3.1 drive into USB2.0 port, it will still work as intended.

The only difference will be the data transfer speeds and nothing can be done to improve the speed as it is a hardware related feature.

Miscellaneous

Even though you may not find a service centre for Strontium anywhere near you, the company has hosted a variety of tools for data recovery and memory diagnostic tools on their website which is available free of cost.

USB pen drives are usually less prone to hardware failure than most other electronic devices.

Unless without a voltage surge, the only thing that can break a USB drive is by hardware abuse.

Verdict

The Strontium Ammo is a USB3.1 pen drive with a robust and sleek design enclosed within a sleek form factor that lets you carry your photos and files with ease.

The metallic keychain will make sure that the pen drive doesn’t get lost even when running or moving rapidly amidst the crowd.

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Metallic keychain

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Decent data transfer speeds

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Excellent software support

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No protection cap

Specifications

Storage Capacity32 GB
USB TypeUSB 3.1
Body Construction MaterialMetal

4. Sandisk Cruzer Blade

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Best Budget Pendrive
  • 10MB/s write speed
  • Plastic build
  • 5-year warranty

Sandisk Cruzer Blade is one of the most popular and ubiquitous pens drives that you might have seen around in the hands of people around you.

This low-cost basic USB pendrive is one of the fastest-selling computer accessories in the Indian market since its inception.

Design and Build Quality

The Sandisk Cruzer Blade features an all-plastic build with iconic red and black colour scheme.

This pendrive is so small that it will fit your wallet fine without any struggle. It also comes with a lanyard port to hook it your keychain.

The build quality is decent for the price. Since this device lacks cap protection for the USB connector, be wary of dust want water entering inside the circuitry.

Data transfer performance

The Sandisk Cruzer Blade is a USB2.0 powered pendrive meaning the data transfer speeds will be considerably less than the other USB3.0/USB3.1 devices.

On an average, you can expect read speeds up to 25MB/s and write speeds up to 10MB/s with this pendrive.

Miscellaneous

The Sandisk Cruzer Blade is the cheapest 32GB pen drive you can purchase under Rs.339.

It comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty that covers memory module failure and not problems arising from water or fall damage.

Verdict

The Sandisk Cruzer Blade is the best budget high-capacity pen drive with 64GB of onboard storage priced at Rs.339.

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Lightweight

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Cheap

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32GB memory space

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Outdated USB2.0 protocol

Specifications

Storage Capacity32 GB
USB TypeUSB 2.0
Body Construction MaterialPlastic

5. Sony Microvault

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Best Branded USB Drive
  • Best for storing sensitive content
  • Intensive File recovery options
  • Budget 64GB USB drive

Sony has its wings spread across a large spectrum of consumer electronics.

Ranging from LED TVs to earphones to storage media devices, the company is renowned for the quality for the premium you pay for.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony Microvault is a 64GB USB pen drive that has plastic construction.

The outer casing feels tough and durable and won’t easily break even if it falls on the ground from a reasonable height.

The retractable port has a textured button slider on the top. After a few days, the slider button felt a bit lost, but that didn’t hamper the usability of the product.

The textured plastic feels a bit nicer to hold and the smallholder where lanyard or keychain can be tied in to is a welcome addition.

Performance

The micro vault series USB pen drives from Sony comes in different storage capacities ranging from 8GB up to 128GB.

Even though the memory capacity is designated as 64GB, leaving the space for the hidden firmware inside, you’ll get around 62GB of free space to store your files.

This pen drive has USB2.0 technology, so expect some slow performance in due course.

However, for the price at which this product is on sale, the data transfer speed is OK, we’d say.

Software Support

Worried that your precious data is lost from the pen drive? Fret not.

Sony File rescue software can now dig out the lost video, audio as well as document files of different formats.

This file rescue software works best only with Sony USB drives and memory cards.

Additionally, Sony also provides the Easy lock software that protects your confidential files with a 256-bit AES encryption.

Verdict

If you are a Sony fanboy, you should probably.

Also, if you use the pen drive to store sensitive information that shouldn’t be lost or stolen by any software means, this USB thumb drive offers one of the most comprehensive protection and data recovery options available in the market at present under Rs.1000.

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Affordable

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Brand value

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256-bit strong encryption

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USB2.0 is slow

Specifications

Storage Capacity64 GB
USB TypeUSB 3.1
Body Construction MaterialMetal

6. HP V150w

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Honorable Mention
  • 64GB storage capacity
  • Well-Built device
  • Attractive design

HP is a consumer electronics conglomerate that is popular in India with their laptops and printers.

The company also concentrates on accessories such as computer mouses and media storage devices such as pendrives.

Design and Build Quality

The HP V150w features a futuristic design that makes it stand out from the rest of the rectangular USB pen drives.

The USB ports slid out from the side by moving the slider up top. This keeps the port safe as well as relatively clean than an exposed port thumb drive.

The build quality is good with a high-quality metal housing that protects the internals from shocks and abuses.

There is a keychain holder provided at the tail-end of the pen drive so that it won’t easily get lost.

Performance

With the HP150w USB thumb drive what you get is a whopping 64GB storage capacity on a relatively small and lightweight device.

This is nearly double the amount of memory that other products within similar price range offers at present.

You can store all your files and photos on this little device and still have some space left for more.

Miscellaneous

This is a USB2.0 device. The data transfer speeds will be slow and it will take several minutes for transferring and even hours for filling up the entire device memory.

Reliability

HP is known for its high quality, durable products in the market. Likewise, this USB pen drive too will last for a lot unless you’re unlucky.

The slider in/out mechanism is smooth and poses no threat to the integrity of the whole design.

With service centres all around the country, even if something bad happens you can repair it under warranty coverage for up to 5 years.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the data transfer speeds and is all in for that 64GB storage space, this is the best USB pen drive you can get for the price.

It is suitable for storing backups and OS images for installation and booting purposes.

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High capacity pen drive

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Reliable in operations

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5-year warranty

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USB2.0 has slow transfer speeds

Specifications

Storage Capacity64 GB
USB TypeUSB 2.0
Body Construction MaterialPlastic

This concludes our best buying list for the five USB pen drives priced under Rs.1000 article.

If you are willing to spend a few bucks extra for larger storage capacities and features, check out our best USB pen drives in India article for more choices.

If you’ve any questions regarding this topic, do let us know in the comment section below and we’ll get to you back with answers ASAP. Thanks for your time and have a great day ahead!