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The DataTraveler 100 is a Hi-speed USB flash stick, and one of the earlier releases in Kingston's popular on-going range of pen drives.
LOOK & FEEL
The DataTraveler 100 comes in a two-tone black plastic enclosure, complete with retractable connector that releases via a slide/push toggle on the side. Unlike similar flash sticks, the DataTraveler 100 range has a remarkably slim profile, ideal for those needing to tackle a USB-heavy machine with large, clunky connectors taking up the vast majority of space surrounding the ports.
There's also a rather nifty gap on the end of the stick for connecting a lanyard (not included) - ideal if you don't like USB sticks rattling around in your pocket or bag.
Data transfer is represented with a light green LED. Again, while it isn't as appealing as other brands with their cool-blue and off-white indicators, it's a nonetheless welcomed addition.
While the sleek, dark look of the product is mainly appealing, the casing is somewhat flimsy; however, considering the normally cheap housing of other brands, it's by no means any worse than equally spec'd sticks.
WEAR & TEAR
Having used two identical DataTraveler 100 sticks for several years now, I'm happy to report the pen drive can withstand quite a lot of punishment; although the connector strength has weakened slightly after continually being extended and retracted, it still works with few issues, other than occasional slippage whilst inserting into a tight PC port.
Whilst I'm hardly one to throw my electrical equipment around the room willy-nilly, both sticks have most definitely had a couple knocks and scrapes along the way, making it all the more impressive that neither stick has experienced any form of data loss, scratching or marking.
The data transfer rates depend largely on the USB technology your computer uses (1.0, 1.1, 2.0, etc). At any rate, I've found the swapping of data to be efficient and quick, considering the lack of any 'Boost' technology/functionality embedded into the product.
I paid £15 for two 1Gb sticks a couple of years ago, so you'll be glad to hear the discontinued DataTraveler 100 drives, in sizes up to 2Gb, can be purchased brand-new for well-under a fiver.
As far as value for money goes, I really can't fault them. While you may be able to find better sticks available in bigger sizes, I'm hard pushed to complain about the product you'll experience for this price.
If you're on the lookout for a real workhorse of a drive, geared more toward efficiency and utility than good looks or extra features, then you'll do well in picking up a couple of DataTraveler 100s.
Although newer flash stick technology is available, these little drives are well worth a look-in if you're after something practical and fairly compact.
Hi today I will be reviewing a Kingston DataTravler 2GB USB Flash Drive. I bought this a few months ago after losing my other flash drive. It cost me 9.97 from PC World but I believe you can get them cheaper in other places.
For the data that I transfer to it i.e. pictures and some small visual basic programs it transfers them extremely quick compared to some cheap flash drives I have used in the past.
So far I have had no major problems other than in windows vista it is not capable of running ReadyBoost which a free flash drive I had a while ago could.
The overall size of the flash drive is quiet good the USB connector slides in and out with a rather flimsy press and slide switch.
The Kingston feels rather cheap and plastic considering the price I paid for it anyway.
Over all this is not a bad but not a good flash drive as it was quiet expensive for its size and it fells rather cheap.
I would recommend this if you just want to transfer small application or pictures and nothing to big and also don't want to show it of.