USB Type C (or USB-C or USB C) ports are becoming more and more common on modern laptops, tablets and Android phones, mostly because they’re thinner which allows portable devices to be thinner, but also because unlike the rectangular legacy USB A ports we’re all familiar with, USB Type C is reversible, meaning you can plug it in rightside up or upside down and it doesn’t make a difference.
We’ve found some of the most popular USB Type C flash drives and thumb sticks that make carrying your data from computer to computer easy and convenient using these new ports.
Best USB C Thumbsticks, Flash Drives & USB Keys:
If all you need is a USB Type C flash drive, this is a great choice. It holds up to 128 gigabytes of data, which is an astonishing amount– the same as some entire laptops hold. It has a tiny USB C port which retracts into the housing to protect it when it’s not in use. It also comes in smaller storage quantities (64GB, 32GB and 16GB) and has a loop for adding it on to your keychain. Note that if you ever plan to plug this USB C key into a computer that only has the normal USB Type A ports, you’ll need a USB Type C to Type A adapter to go with it.
If you’re looking for a thumb stick that can be used with both USB Type C and USB Type A (normal USB) computers, this is a great option. It’s tiny and has a USB C plug on one end (covered by a protective plastic housing) and a USB Type A plug on the other. In between it holds 16 Gigs, 32 Gigs or 64 Gigabytes of data.
Here’s another great USB Type C flash drive, in more of a traditional, that is to say, larger, format. It offers both a normal regular old USB A port on one end and a new thin USB C port on the other, as well as a rotating protective sheath to hide whichever port is not in use.