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For the umpteenth time this year work decided to again change our memory sticks last month and for the past period I have been using this 4gb Kingston Device. All has been well and its my first experience with the brand but it certainly has been a positive one indeed!
The first thing that struck me when we were given these was how nifty they looked. In a sky blue colour with slightly transparent casing they looked far more funky than previous black ones, thus making it easier to locate which computer they are in. The little grey retractable cover also ensures that the device stands out. Aesthetically speaking therefore this is a great little device and in this respect is one of the most eye pleasing devices I have owned.
What about toughness? In the purposes of my job it is more than essential that the device is tough as from 9 till 5 it is constantly in and out of computers, passing between learners etc so it needs to be tough...and thankfully this is. It is made of a durable, tough plastic and feels so solid that it would take a drop off the Eiffel Tower to break it. The hinge is solid for the retractable cover and all round it feels well made. The connectors are made from tough material and I have no worries these will become loose and fray. All in all I cannot raise even the mildest complaint about the way this has been but together. Solid and confidence inspiring!
As for usage...well as with all USB sticks it takes no installation and is up and ready to use straight away. It seems to load marginally faster than previous ticks that I have used in the laptop I have at work and data recall and saving times are quick. No worries there. Thus far I have had no issues with data loss, slow writing or failure to retrieve information so I cannot complain in the slightest at this.
Plus at only £3 this was an absolute bargain. I have paid far more for far worse memory sticks....cheap and quality!
All in all therefore based on looks, toughness, durability and speed of recall this is by far and away one of the best memory sticks I have used and believe me that's a lot!
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The Kingston 101 4GB Data Traveler is a simple and affordable USB flash drive. For some time now compact USB flash memory drives have become a popular and affordable means of storing portable data. They are a convenient means of saving files for storage or as a quick and easy means of transferring your data from one storage device to another. Along with flash cards they have replaced CDs as the principle storage device for making cheap and portable back up copies of data. DataTraveler USB Flash drives are ideal for use in the home office, small business or in schools and colleges. I use my Kingston flash drive for transferring small amounts of data between office and home. This particular key comes with security software that enables you to set up a password so only you can access the data on your key. However, this can be time consuming and unless you're using really sensitive data it's not really necessary - I never use it.
The Kingston 101 4GB Data Traveler is a versatile device that is light and easy to carry. It can easily be slipped into a pocket or, as in the case of the Kingston design, you can clip them onto a key ring. The design of this flash key is advantageous because the loop through which you can attach a key ring is fixed to the key. Also the lid or cover is attached to the key and so it's not possible to lose it. With the older designs the lids had a tendency of slipping off easily and get lost
The drive is very easy to use, you just plug it in to a USB port on your computer and it will upload automatically. You can then easily transfer your files to the drive by copy and pasting or by dragging and dropping with the arrow key between a folder on your computer and a folder on the flash key. As with all such drives you will discover that upon first use not all of the GB space is available. This is because the on-board software already takes up some of this space. I use the drive with Windows Vista and have never had any problem with uploading/downloading data. I believe this particular drive is compatible with Windows 7 but I would advise you to double check.
Of course as storage capacity is constantly increasing since I purchased this flash drive over 12 months years ago you can no doubt get data keys with much higher storage capacities but 4GB is a handy for most daily tasks and if the unfortunate does happen and you lose the flash key at least you won't be losing loads of data.
The Kingston 101 4GB Data Traveler is good value, offers simple plug-and-play storage and gives excellent all round performance. At present the flash key is available on Amazon for just under the £7 mark.