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Review of Kingston 64gb DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 3 (G3)
17 April 2013
Conclusion: The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 3 (G3) is Kingston’s latest consumer USB 3.0 flash drive. It is faster than its predecessors from the same family. Priced in the $60-70 range it is slightly more expensive than other USB 3.0 64 GB flash drives but those drives may not be as solidly constructed as this model. Speed wise there is little to complain about as this drive takes advantage if USB 3.0 transfer capabilities.
Summary: The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 is not as fast as its HyperX brethren while still clocking in at a similar price per GB. Instead, the Ultimate aims to offer a stylish alternative one could take to that next business meeting, for example. It still gives ample performance through the USB 3.0 interface. Even when using USB 2.0, the drive manages to push as much data as the aging interface can handle.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Great USB 3.0 read performance, Very good USB 3.0 write speeds, Excellent USB 2.0 performance, Solid metal ring to use on key chain, Slide back protecting cover for connector, Blue LED included, Lifetime warranty, Available with 32 and 64 GB capacity
Cons: Quite bulky, Heavier than other sticks of similar performance, Packaging is not user-friendly
Summary: Final Thoughts
Besides phones I think that flash drives are something that a wide variety of people have. There are so many different types of drives out there it really is hard to decide what type of drive to get. Because of this many people head to the store and pick up the first drive that they see. Don’t do that because at the end of the day you actually want a drive that is going to serve your needs. Let’s talk about what the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 offers.
Pros: Outperformed listed specifications, Tough metal casing, Retractable design, 5 year warranty
Summary: The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (G2) was created to take advantage of the speed gains found in the USB 3.0 protocol. This USB drive exceeded their listed specs with reads in the 120 MB/s and writes in 80 MB/s range.
Even at USB 2.0 speeds it held its own with speeds in the 30/30 MB/s read/write range.
Pros: +Lightning fast read/write speeds, +Well constructed, +Speeds actually exceed the specs listed by Kingston, +Backwards compatible with USB 2.0