56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
Nice product, looks well made and the transfer speeds are pretty good but the case is big, make no mistake, it doesn't look that big in the picture, but it is.
On the plus side, it probably withstands a fair amount of abuse and the size and metal body also make it a good choice for a weapon, so if you're walking home late at night and you have this attached to a lanyard, you can swing it round your head like a ninja in combat and fend off enemies.
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2014
Functionality-wise, this does exactly what it says on the tin: it's a 32Gb thumbdrive that utilises USB 3.0 for high-speed data transfer.
Aesthetically, this thing is ugly, and what I wasn't prepared for is just how massive this thing is physically. I admit that I may have been spoilt by the Kingston DTSE9 series, which are probably about as small as a thumbdrive can get while still being attachable to your keyring... but this thing positively dwarfs it (see photo attached). I estimate it's about 8 times the volume of it's little brother, which does come in 32Gb also (although not USB 3.0).
Also, the slider seems backwards: rather than the USB plug sliding out of the case, the case splits in half and slides over the plug, leaving a gaping expanse of cheap white plastic in the middle (again, see photo).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Reading other 5 Star reviews.....I initially thought I must have been unlucky and got a faulty one .
For a typical 25GB mixed folder of library mp3 music files transferring from a very fast Crucial SSD drive on an Intel i7 NUC machine via Superspeed USB3 (the socket with the blue insert) I was getting results of 17MB/s write.
This is vastly different to the 70MB/s write speed I expected on the package.
Estimated time was 1 Hour but actual time was 31 minutes which calculated mathematically is 13.4MB/s
No different to much cheaper USB3 sticks I thought . It also seems to get pretty warm too.
When you investigate within forums you find that the 70MB.s write speed applies to 1 large file such as a video file and not your typical folder within folders containing multiple small data files on your PC.
A Flash Drive Software utility called SpeedOut_0.5 or Flash Bench shows that a file larger than 100MB gives a write speed of 65MB/s but the other extreme for a small 2KB file was 6MB/s.
I hope this explanation avoids any disappointment having paid for an above average USB3 Flash Drive.
I wonder why they don't put this information on the packaging.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2014
First off, I needed a drive that:
(a) is solidly built, because my last one pretty much disintegrated...this feels quite solid, like it will stand the test of time well. Hopefully it won't scratch easily either...I'll update this post if any signs of wear start becoming visible;
(b) has a good amount of storage space - I am an IT/Engineering University student and frequently need to put many large-ish files on a pen drive, and the 32GB model provides ample space for my needs (note that, like any storage device, there is less space than the claimed amount - in this case, there's 28.8GB of storage space available). There are even 64GB and 128GB versions. Note that it comes formatted as FAT32 (typical on pen drives and even some external hard disks) so files larger than 4GB cannot be written to the drive. However you can always format it to NTFS (if you're on a Windows system) if you really need to store files larger than 4GB. In most cases, leaving it formatted as FAT32 is best, since it ensures compatibility with devices such as DVD players, Mac's etc. (NTFS is a Windows standard, so the drive would likely only be recognisable on Windows devices);
(c) is fast. Modern computers all come with USB3.0 ports so a USB3.0-compatible drive was essential. The claimed speeds are what attracted me to this drive, in fact - you can buy other cheaper 32GB pen drives but they are rated at slower speeds. Thankfully, I have managed to achieve these speeds in practice too. Of course, note that it depends on what sort of files you're reading/writing because sometimes transfer speeds may be slower than claimed. Edit: note that I have primarily used this drive on a modern Win 8.1 computer, but I did not notice any performance drop on the few occasions that I've used it on a Win 7 laptop.
So as you can see, it has satisfied all 3 of my requirements: toughness, space and speed. Of course, I have only used this drive for a few months, so the true test of its durability is yet to come - as I said, I will update this post if any problems arise.
I should also add that Kingston itself offers drives which have more space and are even faster if so required, although even this model should be more than sufficient for most users.
I have noticed two small issues though: firstly, the USB connection is not fully protected (the frontal area is always exposed), which means that any dirt/liquids could harm the exposed USB connections (although if you exhibit even a small amount of care this should not happen). Of course, I knew this before buying it but it's not a big problem. Secondly, I have noticed that the device can get rather hot - now I do live in Malta where room temperatures can easily reach 30 degrees Celsius in the summer, but after some time using the drive it can get almost unbearably hot. It's not a big issue, although I am slightly concerned about the drive's longevity.
To conclude, I have so far found this to be a good drive with the following pros/cons:
- Arrived on time and well-packaged
- Good storage space
- Feels durable, without being too large IMO
- Nice blue LED flashes when pen drive is in use
- Can easily hook it to a key chain
- Gets hot under prolonged use
- USB connection not fully protected
- Slightly wide, which may pose a problem if you are using the drive on, say, a laptop and have multiple USB devices side-by-side
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
Arrived promptly and as described and would use them again. There is one small fault with the product and that is it is a bit too big to fit in some of the recessed usb holes you find in some laptops and PCs
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2014
Rare to actually achieve advertised speeds, let alone beat them!!
Write speeds -
On my main PC I am averaging 80-140MBps
On other older ones I'm getting 50-70MBps
On my main PC getting average of 200-230MBps
on the older ones its 95-155MBps
So as you can see, it does do as it states, but it will depend on the system you use.
One thing I wasn't expecting was the size of it, It's a big boy 68mm long 23mm wide and 12mm thick as you see in the picture. I don't see it as a bad point and it feels well made and nice when you plug it in (you'll know what I mean when you get one).
If your in the market for a new USB 3.0, for the price, this is the one. For the quality, this is the one, and considering the first two points, for the speed this is the one....
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
A very fast USB key, and more than enough space for me (this year...).
Quite capable of maxing out the USB2 bandwidth completely (can't get any faster), and provides the advertised speeds on USB3 (also very fast, if not the fastest available right now). Plug and play, with no driver issues on Windows 7 x64.
It has a solid design being encased in aluminium, which does make it a little heavy. I keep it on my keys and it gets thrown around, so the strength is far more important to me than the weight. The clip that holds it closed is a little weak though, so it does tend to open itself occasionally. I doubt this will lead to any damage to the plug (with my levels of abuse) as it doesn't open all the way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
Excellent USB stick with fast transfer rates. MacBook Air users should note that, due to its size, the stick will fit in the machine's left-hand USB port while the power adapter is fitted, but won't go in the right-hand one if a Thunderbolt cable is present (a Belkin in my case, but I don't think Apple's are any slimmer).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2014
Really happy with this memory stick. It fits into all USB slots I have tried it in, including XBOX 360 and PS3.
I can transfer 2-3GB of data within a minute or so.
It hasn't corrupted or failed despite being moved around in the bottom of a bag, man-handled by a toddler, etc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2014
Was very surprised by the size and the weight of this thing, I knew it was going to be big and bulky however it did surprise me a little. However, it is not an issue and you can easily fit this in your pocket on a set of keys to various things (snake key, torch, knife in my case) without it feeling to big or heavy.
As for the actual device it's self, it is a very good standard bit of hardware. The speeds are fantastic more than I could ask for, both read and write this is only on USB2.0 when used on USB3.0 it flys! Works well with my laptops SSD.
Good product well recommended.