“ Kingston DataTraveler U3 Smart USB Flash drive - USB flash drive - 1 GB - Hi-Speed USB - black, silver „
I bought this memory stick as I needed one to transport work back and forth from university. Admittedly, I only chose this one because it was the cheapest option, but it's turned out to be a real bargain.
The memory stick comes in plastic packaging with minimal instructions, but is really easy to use - plug it in to a USB port on your PC or Laptop and drag the files you need into the folder. The transfer speed is nice and fast, and the stick works with USB 1.1 and 2.0. A little green light flashes on top of the device to indicate that files are being added or removed. I can easily fit all the files I need onto the USB stick with room for more, and I haven't had any compatibility issues with the uni computers unlike some of my friends who use different USB drives.
Not only is this product easy to use and reliable, but it's robust as well. Mine normally lives at the bottom of my bag, but remains unscratched due to the durable white plastic it's made from. I've dropped it a few times, and it's still fine.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this, for both price and quality!
This is probably the best memory stick i have ever had, it allowed me to take everything that i needed between work and home, without having to take 2 memory sticks, and it has such a high processing speed when used with the right sockets. I can simply plug it in, put what i need on, or take what i dont need off, and in 5 minuites i have everthing for a day at the office, or showing people what i have done before.
It has been very relaible and tough wearing, for example it has been through the wash on two occasions and both times it has come out fine, it has also survived drops, bumps scrapes and scratches alike, and i doesnt seem to slow down or break at all, the only thing that has changed since i bought it is the state of the plastic on the outside
Having been using a Kingston 128Mb USB memory stick for the last couple of years, leaving it in the office lead me to have to pick another memory stick up at the station on the way to a conference - fortunately Wien Westbahnhof had a Libro selling Memory Sticks, and whilst the 1Gb DataTraveler memory stick cost EUR 24.99 - approx. GBP 17, which was more than I could have purchased it for had I not had to buy it from a retailer where convenience was the most important consideration, I didn't object to paying a couple of Euro extra for the stick.
My previous Kingston memory stick was in anthracite, with grey plastic styling on it and a blue LED which flashes to indicate that data transfer is occurring. This time round I had no option but to go for a white memory stick (convenience rather than choice!). The important thing was that the lanyard to affix it to a keyring, which was a useful extra (so I can attach it to my house keys - that way I'll not leave the office without them, as has happened before!), attached to the USB stick rather than the cover for the USB adapter.
I saw an identically priced competitor product in the shop with identical specs that sadly had the key ring attachment hole on the cap for the USB connection - which realistically rules it out for use on a key ring. Of course if you have a heavy bundle of keys, I would advise against connecting them to the USB stick as the weight of the key ring might, in the long term, cause damage to be sustained to the USB port. You can attach the cap to the other end of the stick to ensure that you don't lose it when you plug the flash drive in.
The USB stick is packed in a blister pack with a card which contains information about how to access the FAQs for the product (should you really need to!) which can be done over the Internet - no excess packing and instructions here. The stick is intended for use with USB 2.0 but has backwards compatibility with USB 1.1 - it is listed as "USB 2.0 compliant and USB 1.1 compatible".
It is compatible with Windows 2000 and Windows XP, Mac OS 10.x and above and with version 2.4 of the Linux kernel. Sadly for older operating systems (Win NT, Win98SE, Win 95 and Win ME) there would appear to be no compatibility - although I have not been able to test the stick on these OSes, and have had to take the manufacturer's word for it (there is a compatibility table on the card inlay.
Whilst a USB stick is not intended to be used as a hard drive for viewing .mpg movie clips or listening to mp3 files I did test it by storing a 250Mb movie file on it and then seeing whether I could watch it on in Windows Media Player - I could, although I would not do this all the time. It took about 3 minutes to copy the 250Mb file - this is perfectly acceptable - especially when you consider the time taken to create a WORM media like a CD-R disk. I often use it to copy directories of files across and when travelling on business use it for a copy of our network drive. It has the standard type A four pin USB connector - as found on all computers with USB ports.
I have not used the technical support site at www.kingston.com/faqs/dt1 - I would not imagine that I would ever need to, but at least the manufacturer does not just assume that technical support is not required. The five year warranty is also more than adequate - I would however remind anyone using the product that the warranty does not provide for data lost - so take the usual precautions (e.g. backups etc.).
I went for a Kingston Data Traveler product as I had always been very satisfied with my previous memory stick - I am sure that it will still enjoy frequent use - they are always a lot more convenient than any of the other storage types which I used to have to use (CDRs, floppy disks etc.).
The U3 DataTraveler opens up a whole new world of smart drive computing. It allows any PC user working on a Windows 2000 or XP system the freedom to work with their own U3 workspace carried on a device small enough to fit on a keychain. Designed for work, play or education, the U3 DataTraveler is ideal for users who move between different locations that have PCs, including: home, office, homes of friends and family, hotel business centers, Internet cafés and print shops.
The Launchpad serves as a Start Menu from which U3 programs are launched and other functions are managed. It creates a personal workspace where you can add and remove software programs, change settings and preferences, manage storage capacity and monitor information about the U3 smart drive and the software programs residing on it.
The U3 DataTraveler restricts access and maintains data privacy by allowing you to set your own personal password with the password protection feature.