As of 2016, the PNY Attaché USB 2.0 Flash Drive, SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive, and Kingston DataTraveler USB 2.0 are low-cost thumb drives. The 16GB versions of each of these thumb drives are priced under $7. The Kingston DataTraveler's listed price is $6.72 on Newegg. It comes in a capless metal casing and is the most expensive of the three USB drives.
The Kingston DataTraveler comes in gold and silver, and features a large ring design that makes it easy to attach to a key chain or device. The DataTraveler won the 2012 Red Dot Design Award and the 2013 iF Product Design Award. The PNY Attaché is available in five different colors and comes in a lightweight sliding collar design. It's compatible with most PC and laptop computers, and comes with free technical support. Kingston offers DataTraveler capacities in sizes ranging from 8GB to 128GB.
The SanDisk Cruzer is available only in black and comes in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities. It uses a unique sliding mechanism to protect the USB plug when not in use. The SanDisk Cruzer receives high ratings on Amazon.com, where users gave it 4.6 out of a possible five stars. SanDisk offers password protection and file encryption through its SanDisk SecureAccess software.