I use my fair share of USB drives for different purposes that range from transferring movies, to storing my game saves, to keeping important files on, so I need something that is safe, reliable, and that does the job right the first time.
Today I have the latest USB thumb drive from Kingston Technology for review. This is the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 32 GB USB thumb drive. As the name suggests, this is a USB 3.0 thumb drive. This drive should support transfer speeds of up to 70MB/s Write and 150MB/s Read, according to the specifications on the packaging. I will, of course, give this a try and will include the results in this review.
The G3 DataTraveler Ultimate is very nice to look at. With its aliminium casing to protect the plastic inside of the drive, it is definitely easy on the eye. It uses slide open and close function to access the USB connector – slide open to be able to plug into the PC, slide closed again when finished. The aluminium casing is not there just for show – it covers the whole device and is thick enough to offer protection from any knocks, bumps, and drops. The cashing covers the thumb drive from corner to corner. At the end of the thumb drive, there is an attractive looking, round shaped Kingston branded link that enables you to attach it to your keychain or a lanyard.
Still on topic of the lanyard/keychain, if you look inside the bundled instruction manual, there is a small keychain included which makes it even easier to attach the thumb drive to your keys, etc.
As I am sure you have realised from the name of this thumb drive, it is best used in a USB 3.0 port. Saying this, it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you can still use it even if you have yet to upgrade to USB 3.0.
As you can see from both images below, this stick performs extraordinarily well, no matter if you are using USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.
(USB 2.0 on the left, USB 3.0 on the right).
You can buy this drive in either a 32GB or 62GB size capacity drive. Both sizes come with a 5 year warranty, which includes free tech support. Personally, I don’t think I have ever contacted tech support for help with a thumb drive issue, but having the option to do so is always a nice touch.
Considering the size, speed and build of this USB thumb drive, I would highly recommend this. No matter if you are a heavy user or casual, this drive will not let you down. This will most definitely be at the top of my list for future purchases.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Features and Specifications:
Capacities: 32 GB, 64 GB
Speed: USB 3.0 up to 150 MB/s Read, 70 MB/s Write
USB 2.0 up to 30 MB/s Read, 20 MB/s Write
USB 3.0 performance: dramatic time savings when transferring large media files; 8x faster than a standard USB 2.0
Durable design: solid metal sliding casing with no cap to lose
Backwards compatibility: usable with USB 2.0 systems with excellent performance throughout
Guaranteed: five-year warranty and free technical support
Dimensions: without key ring: 2.6929″ x 0.8961″ x 0.4567″ (68.40 mm x 22.76 mm x 11.6 mm)
with key ring: 3.3622″ x 0.8961″ x 0.4567″ (85.40 mm x 22.76 mm x 11.6 mm)
Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)