Product Type: Kingston Flash Drive
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Kingston DataTraveler I G3 8 GB
Member Name: Novabug
Kingston DataTraveler I G3 8 GB
Advantages: Small, light but strong and tidy. Good transfer speed.
Disadvantages: No neck-cord, dull design, cap could get lost.
After having a total calamity of a situation trying to copy all my files from one PC to another, I sternly told myself I needed some extra portable memory. I swiftly did a bit of searching, and found myself a good exterior hard disc and a new USB flash stick for convenience. My previous USB still works fine, but I needed something with a little more zip and bulk. Taking cost into consideration as well, I bought this Kingston Technology DataTraveler 8GB. Here are my thoughts on this neat and tidy little stick of memory.
--Ur' Data on your Travels--
The majority of USB flash sticks are simply a case of plug in and drag files to the relevant window. This Kingston USB drive includes a piece of software called UrDrive. This is basically an automatic updater. If you choose to install the software included on the stick, you're computer will synchronize with the stick every time it's plugged in. You can set the program to transfer the files you want automatically without the need for manually copy and pasting and so on. In principle, this is a great time saving idea, but as I have found out with other software packages that claim to do this, weather it be a mobile phone, Sat-Nav or notebook, things don't always run smoothly.
Personally, I prefer the manual method of transferring data. I feel I have piece of mind that it's done correctly this way. However, I did try the software on my laptop and it did work rather well without any installation problems. The interface is simple enough too, even though it does slow the process up a tiny bit in the first instance. I still didn't trust it though, and double checked the files afterwards. It's a nice feature to include, certainly a little different from a bog standard USB stick, but I give it a miss purely out of my own habits.
--Cost and Packaging--
The price of this stick varies quite a bit. I bought mine from a local high-end computer workshop and thus paid near the full retail price of £9.99. On reflection, I paid over the odds really. It can be found on line for under a fiver, so that's another lesson learnt for me. Impulse buying... and I only went in to inquire about a monitor I saw on sale. Tut!
As usual, this device is packed in a bubble covered card, with a distinctive Kingston logo resembling an Easter Island statue. It's packed tightly, well protected but has no instruction leaflet to speak off. All the information about the UrDrive facility is included on the stick. The card and plastic are fully recyclable of course.
--Design and Durability--
I like a USB stick to look like a USB stick, to be obvious and have a handy ribbon or cord. Unfortunately, this one comes with no cord but does look like what it is suppose to be in a Lego-brick kind of fashion. White and Yellow in design, it's quite an unassuming piece of kit, and could be mistaken for said Lego brick, but it's not a bad shape at all. I do like the rubber grips down the sides however, this makes inserting and removing the stick easier with no slipping on the fingers. Why this rubber strip is not on the protection cap is beyond me, as this sometimes does not come off quickly. It has a tight fit over the USB plug, and can be tricky to remove in a hurry as it is largely smooth surfaced. Also, the gap for a ribbon is on the body side of it, so the cap could be misplaced. This is a design point I dislike from USB sticks with a cord on the cap. No awards are ever going to be given to this for it's looks certainly, my mirrored USB is far more fun to look at.
One thing that did strike me was that it's very light and flimsy to the touch. I would think that any kind of accidental mishap involving something being placed on top of it would cause some damage to the outer casing. That said, the plug is mounted strongly and doesn't move about in the socket, and despite it's feather weight, it can take a small drop off the desk without harm.
The key aspects of any portable memory of course is is it reliable, compatible and fast. Happy to report that this ticks all those boxes with ease. It has had no problems with various operating systems on the different computers I have used it on, simply using the plug and play system. The transfer speed is also very good, faster than any previous stick I have owned. Large files still take a few minutes, but generally it's pretty good using the drag and drop method. Basic pictures and word files move across in a matter of seconds, and transfer in the other direction just as quickly. I have had no compatibly issues to speak off as yet either, and have had no files become corrupt or gone missing , so this all bodes well.
Overall, this may not be the most best looking and designed USB stick; the fact that there is no neck-cord is annoying, but I can't find many faults in it's general functionality. The bundled software, if you choose to use it, works well so people who like this time eliminating aspect will be pleased. The use of it with different computers and operating systems is also fine, as is the transfer speed, capacity and reliability. Even though it's a little on the weak side in build quality, I am quite confident my files are backed up and secure on this device, and it's not a bad price either for an 8GB stick.
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
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