The best flash drive is a tiny SK hynix SSD, and right now a 1TB model is at the lowest price we've ever seen

SK Hynix Tube T31 SSD Flash Drive review
(Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

Finding quality laptop accessories that are worth your time and money isn't always easy, especially when there are so many options on the market. That applies to removable storage, where there are flash drives, external SSDs, SD cards, and more from which you can choose. 

If you are indeed in the market for some reliable and fast removable storage for your PC, laptop, or Xbox Series X/S, the SK hynix Tube T31 is an easy recommendation even at full price. It looks like a flash drive — with all the portability perks — but inside is actually a real solid-state drive (SSD) capable of speeds up to 1,000MB/s over USB 3.2 (Gen 2).

It's highly rated and understandably doesn't come cheap, but Newegg is currently offering the 1TB model for 20% off the regular price. That brings the total down to $80, which is even cheaper than the Samsung T7, our favorite external SSD.

SK hynix Tube T31 (1TB) | was $100now $80 at Newegg

SK hynix Tube T31 (1TB) | was $100 now $80 at Newegg

Want an external SSD with a thumb drive design? SK hynix cooked up the Tube T31 with a custom M.2 2242 SSD inside, capable of read speeds up to 1,000MB/s via USB 3.2 (Gen 2). It's now down to $80 at Newegg for a 1TB model, which is the best price we've ever seen.

✅Perfect for: Any PC or Xbox Series X/S users who want a USB drive with an actual SSD inside capable of speeds up to 1,000MB/s.

❌Avoid it if: You want a drive with a native USB-C connector.

💰Price check: $135 at Amazon

🔍Our expertise: SK hynix Tube T31 review

Why the SK hynix Tube T31 deal is so good

Windows Central Best Award

The SK hynix Tube T31 SSD flash drive next to a phone. (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

In our SK hynix Tube T31 review, the USB drive received five stars and was given a Windows Central Best Award by Editor Harish Jonnalagadda. He focused on the convenience of having an SSD in the flash drive form factor (albeit slightly larger than your average thumb stick), noting:

"SK Hynix nailed the basics with the Tube T31. The drive has a diminutive design that's easily pocketable, and the chassis is built to last. As it has a USB-A port, you'll need to use a dock or hub if your notebook doesn't have the requisite ports, but that's not a huge drawback."

As mentioned, the USB-A port might stand in the way of working with some modern laptops, but you can always pick up a tiny adapter. And if you're using the drive with a desktop PC or Xbox Series X/S, you shouldn't have any problems with native connectivity.

In our testing of the 1TB model, the custom M.2 2242 SSD inside the thumb stick reached 932.8MB/s read and 827MB/s write. That's slightly lower than the quoted speed, but still much faster than other standard flash drives on the market.

SK hynix Tube T31 testing results from our review (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

As mentioned, the Tube T31 is slightly larger than a standard flash drive, but it still weighs in at 35 grams and is smaller than a lot of external SSDs. It's easy to slip into a pants or laptop sleeve pocket when you're on the move; it's one of our favorite laptop accessories for frequent travelers who often need extra storage space.

Looking at our favorite external SSDs on the market today, the Tube T31 is priced competitively even without a discount. The Samsung T7, for example, costs about $110 for a 1TB model. The Crucial X6 Portable, which tops out at 800MB/s read speeds, costs $75 for 1TB.

This deal at Newegg has the 1TB SK hynix Tube T31 down to the lowest price we've ever seen at $80, and it should be an excellent pickup for any PC or console user who wants some plug-and-play storage that's easy to carry around.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.