Product Type: Kingston Flash Drive
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Not the best USB flash drive from Kingston Technology
Kingston DataTraveler I G3 8 GB
Member Name: ladybracknell
Kingston DataTraveler I G3 8 GB
Advantages: Reputable brand and sturdy manufacture. Fast processing of documents.
Disadvantages: Key ring loop is useless. No light to show that it's working.
It may be a little old fashioned of me but I'm of the generation which grew to maturity before the digital age and I can't quite bring myself to trust any device to keep my information safe, secure and always available. I've owned flash drives before which suddenly stopped working resulting in the loss of everything stored on them and as a consequence I don't take chances and even have back-ups of my back-ups! Most of my digital information is stored more than once on several different devices of varying sizes. I have a flash drive for backing up my computer, a few for music and photos as well as others for personal documents etc.
As I'm away from home every couple of months to check on my mother I have a trusty flash drive which holds most of my day-to-day personal documentation. For the last several years this has been a little pink number from ByteStor but the plastic housing was beginning to crack and the inner workings were loose and everytime I removed it, I lived in fear of the housing coming away leaving the rest of the flash drive in the machine, so I thought it about time I bought a replacement. Over the years, I've discovered that the most reliable flash drives are those manufactured by Kingston Technology and so I decided that I'd add another one from the Kingston range.
Though I worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, I'm by no means a techie, so I won't not go into technical details because for most people that's irrelevant. All most of us want is a flash drive which works reliably.
I bought this USB flash drive from Amazon which offers a wide range of devices but I eventually plumped for the Kingston DataTraveler Generation 3 in the 8GB size which would be plenty big enough for my needs. I paid £4.75 from one of the companies who resell through Amazon and which came with free delivery and the item arrived within the space of a couple of days.
The main selling points for this device are that it comes with a 5 year warranty and has, to quote the sales blurb "a convenient sturdy loop that supports most key rings." This particular range is colour coded depending on the capacity and the 8GB size is colour coded yellow. The housing is in white moulded plastic with yellow highlights which looks a little cheap, but then it was!. Despite the housing being made of plastic, it's a good quality plastic with a little bit of give rather than being that hard and rather brittle kind and though I haven't dropped it on anything harder than carpet so far, I suspect this wouldn't crack if dropped onto a hard surface.
In the several months that I've had this device the speed with which it both reads and writes information is excellent and that, after all, is the main reason why anyone buys a flash drive. I only use this for accessing Word and Excel documents and the odd pdf, so it might take a little longer if processing photographs or other data-hungry files.
I do have a few little niggles with this particular device, however.
The loop which is supposed to fit most key rings certainly doesn't fit mine which I'd regard as being of an average size. The loop is so narrow that it would only be possible to fit the thinnest of metal rings through so it's totally useless.
Although my ByteStor drive had a separate cap, it was possible to slip it snugly onto to base of the drive and keep it safe. With this device, unlike other Kingston ones I own, the cap does fit onto the base, over the useless loop, but it's very loose and the slightest jolt knocks it off. I haven't lost the cap yet but I suspect it's only a matter of time.
The final niggle is probably not the most important but is something which would have put me off buying it had I known about it. When reading and writing to the device, there isn't a little light to show that it's actually doing what it's supposed to do or when it's finished doing it, which means the only way to know whether any action has been performed is to check the documents on the computer.
As a basic flash drive, this is an economical choice and the five year warranty is certainly a bonus. I'll continue to use this and it will, no doubt, provide the usual Kingston efficiency. I won't consider buying another one of these, however, as I feel that the negatives outweigh the benefits in this case.
Summary: Sturdy and reliable USB flash drive but the negatives outweigh the positives for me.