A lot of us are carry extra data all the time. These could be office files that you would need to pull up at a moment’s notice, presentations for clients, backup from your old device or just media files to play at your leisure. This is why all of us own USB drives which are looped to our key rings or stashed away in our bags. But flash drives are constantly updating themselves by becoming faster and smaller, also more secure. In case you are looking to buy new ones, here are three options from Kingston.
Kingston 32GB Datatraveller Mini 3.0
This is undoubtedly among the smallest pen drives I have used. It is also the slimmest. In fact, it is as slim as a strip of Wrigley’s chewing gum. However, this one comes with 32GB of storage. But the stylish metal casing means the USB drive has a tendency to heat up a bit. I copied a 2GB movie file on USB 2.0 in about 90 seconds. But by the end of the process, the Mini 3.0 was reasonably hot. It took about 50 seconds to transfer the same file using USB 3.0. I guess there is a small price to be paid for making something stylish and that here is the heating of the USB port. Overall, this is a good buy for people who care about looks more than performance. I would have expected the drive to be a bit more faster.
Kingston 32GB Datatraveller R3.0 G2
This looks a bit like something out of Star Wars or something that would go well with an Alienware PC. In fact, the R3.0 G2 is game for adventure and is shock proof and water resistant. The body is covered by rubber casing that protects its from falls and the cap on top keeps the water away. Actually, I would not be surprised if inside it turns out to be the old Mini 3.0. But now, the USB pin on this one is much bigger than the Mini and a bit old-fashioned. The same 2GB file copied into the drive in under 45 seconds on USB 3.0. It took about 2 minutes to copy it out on USB 2.0. Strangely, after the initial speed, the transfer seemed to become a bit slower after about 20 seconds or so. Even this one heats up a bit and you can feel it from under the rubber. But that won’t bother you much. A better choice for people looking for something to carry with them all the time.
Kingston 32GB Datatraveller Micro Duo
This is for those who have data which is not always accessed on a laptop. The micro-duo lets you plug in its other end to a smartphone with USB on the go (OTG) facility. It is compact and neat and the micro-USB is well protected for when you don’t need it. Strangely, the same 2GB file took 4 minutes to copy to the drive on USB 3.0. And the metal body of the drive got hot in the process. However, I could easily play the Full HD film on a smartphone without any hiccups.
Should you buy them?
There is nothing wrong with these devices if you are not going for blazing fast performance. And considering their price points, these are very good products for those who need that extra bit of storage on the go.