Excerpt: This drive was exactly what i was looking for. It is affordable, fast, stylish, and works perfect on my Macbook Air Laptop. The transfer speeds are so much faster on USB 3.0 vs. the old usb 2.0 technology. I transferred an 1.6 GB video file from my laptop to this drive in under 30 seconds.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, Faster, High Capacity, Portable, Reliable
Pros: Fast and solid metal housing. Has blue led light to show transfer movement. Reaches transfer rates of 120 MB/Second for writing to the flash drive. On average it was around 80-100 mb/sec. As with any drive when you are transferring thousands of tiny files it slows down. For normal size files it is very fast though. If you have usb 3.0 buy this drive. I have not tested the performance on a 2.0 port yet.
Cons: The center of the drive the white part (as you can see from the pic) is plastic. The key ring does not come off it is permanently attached to the drive. I would never use this drive on a key ring so I have no used for the ring. Maybe I will cut it off with some clippers in a few weeks.
Pros: Moderate speed on USB 2.0 and 3.0. Not exceptional but acceptable. Construction quality seems good. Metal ends with plastic middle.
Cons: Drive is physically larger than I thought it would be. This is not a compact flash drive! One metal end slides to expose the connector. The slider opens MUCH too easily. Provides nearly zero protection as it easily opens by just carrying it in a pants pocket.
Excerpt: A lot has happened in the USB 3.0 world since we took a look at Kingston’s first ‘Ultimate 3.0′ drive this past fall, and thanks to some progressions, the company has just released a ‘G2′ variant of the drive. It’s identical in looks, it’s cheaper, and it proves to be the fastest non-SSD USB 3.0 device we’ve tested to date.
Conclusion: Kingston DataTraveler 3.0 might not be the fastest USB 3.0 flash drive but it is definitely able to deliver the expected speeds without any problem. Kingston DataTraveler 3.0 is currently priced quite expensive than standard USB 2.0 flash drives but if you own a notebook/desktop with USB 3.0 connectors then we do not see why there is hesitation to get such blazing speed flash drive.
Pros: + Greater speeds than USB2.0 devices, + Strong & durable Aluminum housing, + Minimal overheated problem, + Comes with 5 years warranty
Conclusion: For those who transfer files a and can’t stand waiting for those transfers to finish, a drive like Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is perfect. It takes great advantage of the USB 3.0 bus but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like some other models. At the performance we did see here, Kingston’s drive is about as fast as a mechanical mobile hard drive in the read department (~86MB/s), and even faster in the write (~66MB/s).