I have a few of those knocking around and have always found them a pretty good memory stick. The Kingston memory stick range are all fairly cheaply priced making them a good choice for most, they are also very reliable as I personally have never had an issue with any of them.
At first looks it is just any old boring looking memory stick however it's performance excels its cost, it has a very simplistic design of a plastic outer shell with a smallish lid to protect the male part that is pushed in to the computer. It is surprisingly tough as I have previously accidentally stood on it and had no quarrels with it subsequently from it. The drive is a simple plug and play USB memory storage device, as soon as you plug it in it pops up on your computer after installing its drivers by itself it brings up the options list of what you want to do. The device's data transfer rate is also pretty good, it is also claimed as data traveller "hi-speed" which you do notice. For a USB storage device I do think it's very good. It also weight only a mere 11.3 grams almost nothing in your pocket but can carry thousands of files around.
The memory stick also comes with a 5 year warranty to give you peace of mind not worry about it because I for one trust a product much more when manufacturers give it a long warranty as standard as you expect they won't give you something they're going to make a loss on. All in all I think that this is a very good device and I would recommend it to most, you can also get it in many different volumes from around 256mb all the way up to about 16/32 GB I think.
If you are in need of an average sized cheap storage solution then look no further than this model. The kingston 2gb is very reliable and works fast when transfering data on and off of it. It has a small design and easily fits into a pocket or even onto keys, and with its extremely light weight structure is very unobstrusive when carrying it about. Although it lacks the usb 2.0 capabilities its newer counterparts have, when transefering any data that is less than 2gb it becomes obsolete anyway as the standard usb doesn't take too long with this sort of size. The build quality is quite good, and it will survive a number of drops and such without too much ill effect. One note to be aware of is I had a friend who stored the memory stick in his pocket with his mobile phone, and something with the mobile, be it radio waves or magnetic fields, actually corrupted the stick. The memory stick is "plug and play" meaning there is no need for CD software to be installed, you simply plug it into the usb slot and the computer recognises what it is and installs the relevant drivers, this is a plus so you can travel around with it and use it on any computers you wish. The lid which covers the usb connection is a little too lightweight, and can easily crack or even be lost, which then leaves the usb unprotected to gather dust etc. I have had a little problem with some laptops running windows vista whereby the memory stick can malfunction a little and not show its full size but this is rare and on a whole is very reliable.
This flash drive is nice and modern looking, easy to spot on your desk, and fits easily in your pocket. The 2GB storage is plenty of storage for your family photos, music, videos and various other things. The flash drive fits into any USB 2.0 port, and features Hi-Speed USB to make things a little less... slow. :-)
The flash drive is lime green and easily stands out on a wooden desk, so no loosing your flash drive just in time for that very important meeting, of course that is, if you don't knock it down the side of the desk, then you would have to find it like any other object :D
Kingston is a big name in memory products, so you know this product wont break in your hands as you use it, and it is also not very expensive.
So, I hope you are happy with your Kingston product, they are all excellent in my opinion. ;-)
Kingston is popular brand within the computing industry and I personally have quite a lot of faith in their products. I bought the Kingston Data Traveler last year to replace my old memory stick, which got chewed by my ever-innocent-looking dog.
The Data Traveler Co-Logo Program is simply a USB memory stick, designed to store and transfer your files. These can be photos, video, music, documents etc, anything under 2GB. If you wish to transfer or store something greater than 2GB, Kingston have produced other Data Traveler sticks which are different colours, signifying their different capacities. This particular 2gb one is lime green.
The memory stick is very light and compact as you'd expect; it's made from plastic and is only 2.64" x 0.80" x 0.36". The main body is white, with a lime green centre with the imprinted brand name, two side grips and a small top 'handle' which are also lime green. The two side grips allow you to hold the main section of the USB stick whilst pulling off the end 'lid' to reveal the metal USB which you then plug into your computer.
It looks neat and is perfect for keeping in your pocket and carrying around with you. Although it's plastic, it looks smart and seems relatively hard-wearing, so it's not a nasty, cheap & tacky toy.
According to it's specifications, the transfer rates are up to 6MB per second read and 3MB per second to write, which basically means it's very quick to transfer data to, and from, this memory stick.
It is designed for 2.0 USB ports and works perfectly on both my Vista Home laptop and Windows XP desktop. The notes on the internet however mention that it is not compatible with Windows 98/98SE or Me. Therefore, the device should work fine on other platforms (such as Mac), just not those three mentioned.
I've been using this USB for over a year now, and so far can not fault it. I've transferred a lot of files and it has always worked fast and efficiently without any problems. 2GB is enough for the type and amount of files I transfer between my laptop and desktop, so for the average Jo like me it's more than sufficient. If, however, you are wanting to transfer a lot of video or highly spacious files simultaneously, you may want to invest in a higher capacity Data Traveler.
Kingston is very popular and so the Data Traveler should be relatively easy to come across in stores, especially online. The online store MyMemory is currently selling these at £5.99 delivered, which is a good price for a great little memory device that you can rely on.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this memory stick. It's reasonably priced, is lightweight, smart and compact, and has so far worked perfectly. It's great to be able to effortlessly transfer files, because with this you can simply plug it in and move your files without needing any other software. It's quick and the 2GB capacity has been plenty for me to be able to transfer several documents, photos and sound files at the same time. Definitely recommended :o)
Actually, my cousin's cousin's has this kind of flash storage device. And as far as he is concerned, it is very useful and very handy. He said: "this flash drive is with me for 2 years now and i can't say anything bad about it. The flash drive didn't gave up on me even when i used it a lot. It didn't got corrupted of some sort".
Another thing about this flash drive is its capacity. It can hold up to 2gb of files (songs, movies, documents and others). This made it affordable for its price. If you're looking at value for your money, this is the one for you.
The only downside of this device is that its design. I can say that its not that attractive at all. Not that stylish. If only it was stylish enough then this might have made more impact to consumers around the globe and of all ages.
I got this for chritmas 2007. and have used it constatly ever since, it one of theose thing wher you wonder what it was you did before you had one, it makes life so much easier to take this with you rather than send an emial to some where.
The flash disk has been very useful for ma and my brother as we share music a lot, both having ipod videos, so 2GB is a good ammount, especially when recently we have started to swap movies which are now available on itunes.
However there are some drawbacks, because the thing is so samll i keep losing it at collage, and luckily it is handed in, but sometimes when you lose it you realise3 that you forgot to save it on the PC as well so you have lost all that work, so my advice is buy one they are great help, but always save on a computer then the flashdisk.
Flash memory was invented in the early 1980s by Toshiba as a new technology that allowed data to be stored even when the device was disconnected from a computer. Today flash memory is the preferred storage media for many industry and consumer devices.
I would be lost without my Kingston Data Traveler flash drive pen! I am a student at university and this pen has been the most hard wearing out of the previous 2 i have owned.
I have the 2GB version but this pen also comes in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. However some of the device's capacity is used for formatting and so is not available for storage use. When a device such as this is manufactured, certain steps are taken to ensure that it will work effectively and to ensure that the drive will connect with the required host (MP3 player, digital camera, computer etc). Some of the memory cells used in this device are stored as "spares" in case any other cells fail over time. Kingston Data travelers have controllers that automatically block out "bad memory" and move the data to other parts of the device in order to prevent corruption of the data stored. This enables the Kingston Data Traveler USB flash drive to have a long but finite life (approximately 10 years with normal use)! Even if the device you have is faulty in any way, Kingston deliver a 5 year Guarantee with this product so it is easy to replace should the pen have defects.
Size and Design:
The Kingston pen drive is small, compact and extremely easy to carry around. In fact there is a small "handle" on the end of the pen where you can attach it to your key ring, however, if this is not to your liking it also has a little string loop attached to it which you may prefer to put on your key ring instead. Its approximately 2 1/2 inches long and less than an inch wide....so very small as you can imagine. Unfortunately if you do not have the pen attached about your person, it can be very easy to misplace so do make sure you store it somewhere noticeable!
The main body of the pen is white but there is a strip of colour (available in green, lilac, black or grey depending on the capacity) down the centre with a corresponding "handle" and ribbed grip down the side. The ribbed side is great for stabilizing the pen when inserting and removing it into/from a USB port. There is also a cap to cover the connector as you can see in the photo above. This is really handy for protecting the connector and gives you peace of mind knowing that it is free from dust, dirt and damage. The connectors are actually rated for over 10,000 insertions anyway but it is always comforting to know that the pen is further protected.
Reliability and ease of use:
As with most people who carry around a pen drive in their pocket, the inevitable happens.....THE WASHING MACHINE! I too decided to "wash" my Kingston flash drive but much to my surprise and relief it still worked when i tried it in my computer. Plus all the files that i had stored on there were still complete and unaffected.......this little pen drive truly is a warrior to all weather!
It is also very easy to use. I have never experienced a problem with this pen and i have had mine for almost 2 years now.
As for ease of use, you literally plug the pen in and away you go! As i explained in the design section above, there are even features of the pen that makes insertion into a port easier!
It is very quick to save files onto the flash drive. I have saved approximately 4 or 5 files at the same time by dragging from my documents into the Flash Drive window and it has only taken about 20 or 30 seconds to save them. Another good point to make about the Kingston flash drive pen is that when you insert the pen into your computer, within about a minute a window pops up to show you what is on the device, enabling instant access to saved items.
One thing to note though, it can sometimes be a little slow when saving items of 10MB or more, it doesn't take a great deal of time but it is slower.
Value for money and where to purchase:
For the capacity of the pen, reliability and ease of use i would have to say that this pen is extremely good value for money. I paid about £14 for mine off an amazon seller but they are much cheaper now.
Prices as of 29th March 2008:
www.memorybits.co.uk - 2GB - £7.43
www.amazon.co.uk - 2GB - £5.49
www.dvd.co.uk - 2GB - £4.99
www.mymemory.co.uk - 2GB triple pack - £16.99