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Seeing as I am studying various media courses at university, I am constantly needing to have various digital resources with me at all times. Carrying my laptop or macbook around is an option but using a flash drive is a lot easier and more practical. I've been using various 2GB and 4GB usb drives for a while now, but due to recent demand for some of my design skills. I've needed to carry large amounts of photoshop .PSD files and dreamweaver website files. So I started looking...
I was looking around on the web for a while. I wanted something that had a fairly big capacity space, but was reliable and wasn't going to break easy. But most importantly wasn't going to stretch my budget too far. This is when I came across the Kingston DataTraveler 101 with its massive 16GB storage space. I thought this must be expensive and I have used various Kingston products in the past so I knew It would be high quality. So I checked out the price. £30 on Amazon!! I was amazed and thought I would snap it up and ordered it.
Packaging & Un-boxing:
It only took a few days to arrive and was very well packaged. The box securely kept in a bubble lined packet to stop it from being damaged during transit. After removing the box I had high ambitions. The box was colourful and very professional.
I opened up the box. The box its self was initially sealed to stop it from opening. After opening the box, I pulled out the contents. A white cardboard mould held the memory stick in place. The memory stick its self was wrapped in multiple layers of bubble wrap which I must admit was very reassuring and shows the detail Kingston has gone through to protect its products. The bubble wrapped usb drive was then tapped into place in the cardboard mould. Along with this cardboard mould, a simple leaflet/small booklet in multiple languages was included. This gave information about the device, company, help lines and warranty information.
The usb stick its self is blue in colour with a grey/silver protective cover to protect the USB bus port. The device in my opinion has a modern sleek style which can appeal to all age groups and best of all it looks great with any colour/style of computer or laptop.
The memory stick is very easy to carry around and is a perfect size for anyone to keep on their person to quickly and easily access their files. The dimensions for this product are W38.85mm X D16.40mm X H6.44mm so it can easily fit in your pocket, purse wallet; anywhere.
Like most USB devices now a days this product features a simple 'plug and play' feature. However the way this product triumphs over the rest is by its incredible installation speed. Simply plug it in and within 2 - 5 seconds the drivers are installed and you're away and you can use the device; making it easy and pain free to install and use.
This memory stick has an incredible read speed of up 10mb a second which is massive for a small device like this. I've loaded photos, videos, various Photoshop and Dreamweaver documents from this device and some files have even loaded faster from the memory stick rather than the computer itself. Despite the drive not being labelled with a average or up to write speed from the files I myself have been copying I have seen and recorded my average write speeds. With most files I have seen my average write (copy) speed to be around 8.7mb/s in some cases it has dropped briefly during the transfer to around 5/6 mb/s and in some other cases its topped over 10mb/s which is a massive and impressive write speed for a device as small as this. I myself hate having slow external devices. I want something that's going to be quick and reliable and this memory stick does exactly that!
When I saw this memory stick for the price it was at for a Kingston product I had to quickly snap it up. I knew I would be receiving a high class product from them as I have used their data storage products in the past. No matter what your need or profession this drive can meet any of your storage needs. Whether you're a photographer or just taking a family holiday, a designer, writer, musician or video editor. This drive can handle all your needs, with no fuss. Its supper fast in writing and reading files, meaning there is no more long waits for your important files to get transferred. This device is also compatible with all gaming systems such as Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo WII. I've also recently purchased a second one of these memory sticks and now currently use it as a memory unit for my Xbox 360. To show the speed of this device all my saved games, videos and music run off it, quickly with no fuss. It's amazing. I'd highly recommend this memory stick to anyone looking for a quick and easy storage solution with lots of speed with unmatchable space. Perfect for anyone with any storage needs or profession.
I've had this USB for around a year now and i have to say this is the best USB that i have ever had. Reason why this is is simple. Its indestructable!
I used this USB for my university work but lost it about a month ago and had to buy a new one. However i found the USB stick a week later in the washer! Yes in the washer. I thought i was doomed and that all my work was gone and a USB stick broke. However somehow the USB stick still works perfectly fine and all my documents, movies and music still open and work as expected. It must have been in the wash for a good 10 washes so its just proves how reliable and unbreakable this USB stick actually is.
Other than that its fast and easy to use. Simple drag and drop system and the design of the USB stick keeps you occupied when you bored in a lecture as i just sit there moving the metal cover around.
Great USB stick.
The flash drive comes with a fancy-looking design and large space for storage. It includes the "SecureTraveler" program which allows you to set an amount of memory for private use (which can only be accessed with a password). You might also like to know that this is not a one-time deal as you can change the amount of memory reserved for that purpose anytime you want.
Overall length: when the metal part swivels open to reveal the actual connector it adds about 2 cms in length (goes from 5.5 cms to 7.5 cms), when you work with CPUs that have USB gates facing the wall in tight spaces it might be a problem, if not it does not matter.
Speed: this flash drive was tested on a Dell Inspiron 9100 running Windows XP SP2 with the following results:
- Copying two 5MB mp3 files both ways between the flash drive and the laptop was done instantly.
- Copying two 700MB video files from the laptop to the flash drive took about 1 minute and a half; the other way around took about 1 minute.
- Running the video files from the flash drive does not show any difference in performance as if it were being done from the laptop's internal hard drive, which is great.
- Deleting all four files: instantly.
There are just a few disadvantages to this flash drive: it does not include a string and there is no specific spot to attach one to, it's easy to leave fingerprints on the swiveling metal part, and the metal part does not cover the connecting part completely (may get dusty after a while). None of these are really a big deal and should not stop you from buying one.
This is one of two data sticks / flash drives that I use, and although it´s not my favourite, it does a good job and I´ve never had any major problems with it.
This holds 16 gb worth of data, which for me is more than enough - I tend to store mostly word files and the odd presentation, and I find it´s always fast to use and easy to work with. It works like most other devices, plugging into the USB port and giving you a folder in which to store information that can be transferred to other computers.
One feature I like about this is the fold-over cover that you can see in the pictures above. This can be folded away to the side when you´re using the device and used to cover the USB connection when you´re moving it around. This is a good idea in principle, as it protects the connection and stops you from losing your data.
However, it´s also a downside - if you´ve got the device plugged into your laptop, it can get in the way and stop you from being able to attach other devices. Also, it tends to get dislodged, and I think tops that can come on and off are better, even if they get lost sometimes.
Overall, this is a good product - it´s not a particularly attractive or inventive design, but it does what it needs to functionally. I have had some problems when it isn´t recognised, but this might just be the computer. It´s not the best data key, but I would overall recommend it.
Kingston DataTraveler 101 16 GB
Kingston is a brand that I am beginning to trust, or at least as far as memory sticks are involved. Both my husband and I own a few of these between us. The hubby gets more use out of these than I do and he regularly relies upon them for work related matters. We own a range of these Kingston memory sticks in different colours and sizes. They are available in a 4 GB, 8 GB and 16GB depending on how much space you would want and require.
It works really well and you don't need any expert IT knowledge to use it, just plug it in, then transfer the files that you want, then finally remove and off you go with your data in hand. They really are easy to use and it never really takes long for the data to successfully move across. Personally, I have never had any problems with these memory sticks failing to work or corrupting any data. They have proved to be a reliable method of moving and / or storing data.
It has a cap less swivel design, which keeps it protected while in my pocket. The benefit of not having a separate cap is that it gives me one less thing to lose. I also think this is a novel idea and it's the first one of this design I have owned. Personally, I would look out for these swivel cases again as I have lost a lid or two in the past.
At the moment you can buy this from Amazon from between £15 to £23 depending on the colour and certain specifics.
I really like this memory stick and I like that it is available in a range of colours (including black, blue, yellow and pink), which makes it feel a bit more tailored to my preferences rather than being in the very generic black or silver casings that these more often than not come in. It is also handy for coordinating what you use each one for, or what memory stick belongs to whom. In the past we have often had to plug a memory stick into a computer to identify who it belongs to.
This memory stick does exactly what I want and expect from a memory stick. It is great having the swivel design and I would be tempted to look out for more like this one in the future. It deserves a well earned five out of five stars.
Kingston DataTraveler 16GB
Last week i went on a little weekend break and like every little holiday I always take lots of pictures and even videos with my camera. The result is that I come back with almost 2 gigabyte of pictures and videos and although my computer love to have these pictures and videos it's always a hassle taking them to family and friends but I always want to have a back up system. Like most people I use a USB stick as a back up and it makes it very easy to take these files with me to other people.
The problem is that I went on my third little holiday this year alone, so you can imagine how many pictures and videos I already got. A USB isn't just sufficient anymore and you lose them easily so I do have a external hard disk drive as main back up, but a USB stick is still the easiest way to take files with you. I use a 16 GB USB stick which gives me all the space I want and need.
The USB stick is from Kingston and for me a well known brand which focuses primarily on the development of memory products including for the computer. It is known as one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world. A friend of mine had experience with this brand and I've previously owned a 2GB USB stick from Kingston which I was very happy about. I am convinced that this is a good brand and I feel assured to store my files on it.
To get an idea of the size of the product, here the dimensions:
Width 38.85 mm
Depth 16.40 mm
Height 6.44 mm
I hate when a USB stick is very slow in use but luckily this is quiet a fast one. It reads up to 10mb per second and writes up to 5mb per second. Which means that one pictures take up to 2 seconds to transfer to this USB which I think is fast. The USB stick is very easy in use since it's plug and play. You just put it in your computer and a few seconds later you can already use it. You don't need to install any software, at least not on my windows vista.
It wasn't really a difficult choice to pick this USB stick because I know and trust the brand. A USB stick is always good to have as back up but also when you need to take files with you to family or friends. This USB stick has enough space for more then enough pictures and videos and is quick in reading and writing the files. It's small and looks good an you don't need to install anything before you use it. All in all a perfect nice little USB stick.