May 13, 2012
Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 16 GB Flash Drive Review
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China, and sales representatives in the United States, Taiwan, China, India, Australia, Vietnam, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com/en/
About the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 USB
Kingston recently announced the expansion of their USB 3.0 flash drive lineup with the release of the DataTraveler Elite 3.0.
The DataTraveler Elite 3.0 is a capless drive, which mean you don’t have to care about losing the protective cap anymore . With USB 3.0 speeds of 70MB/s read, 30MB/s write speed , it should be fast enough for most users.
Today we will be looking at the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 16 GB USB3.0 Flash Drive , so without wasting any time lets jump in to the review
The general specification and features of the USB are below ,
- USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
- 70MB/s read, 30MB/s write2 (USB 3.0)
- Capless, tri-colored design
- Capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- USB 3.0: 70MB/s read, 30MB/s write
- USB 2.0: 30MB/s read, 25MB/s write
- Convenient: capless design with slider; no cap to lose
- Five-year warranty, free technical support
- Dimensions: 2.7185? x 0.8504? x 0.437? (69.05mm x 21.6mm x 11.1mm)
Packaging and Unboxing
Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 comes in a clean decent pack . The transparent window is there so that you can see the USB itself before buying it , which we think is pretty neat because in this way , User can actually have good look at the design .
Moreover , The capacity of the USB in this case 16 GB is mentioned along with the USB3.0 read and write speeds in the center . At the bottom , USB2.0 speeds are also mentioned .
This USB is supported by almost every operating system including Windows , Linux etc.
Closer Look at the USB
The scope of delivery of Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 is simple . Once you open the box you will only find the flash drive itself .
The flash drive look itself pretty good and decent . The black and white color combination give it a good look . The no-cap design is also a great feature .
In order to reveal the USB3.0 Connecter , just push in from the back or slide back the greyish black part and the connecter will come out from the front , and you are ready to plug it into the computer .
As you can clearly see , in the below picture that the back of the flash drive is pushed inwards . Moreover note that the USB connecter is colored blue and not black . This shows that it is USB3.0 .
Benchmarking and Results
The system we used for testing the Flash Drive is ,
- Intel Core i5 2500K CPU
- ASUS P8Z68 V PRO
- 8GB Patriot Memory RAM
- Kingston HyperX 3K 90 GB SSD ( OS )
- Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 16 GB Flash Drive
The results obtained from Crystalmark Disk and ATTO disk were amazing for this flash drive, We were astonished to see the same results as the Kingston mentioned on their packaging .
The results are below mentioned ,
Read Speed ( MB/s )
Write Speed (MB/s)
Crystal Disk Mark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
In the end ( Conclusion )
Kingston’s first budget USB 3.0 flash drive is a solid performer meeting its advertised speeds without any issues. While the DataTraveler Elite 3.0 is not as fast as it’s predecessors from Kingston it does pretty well compared to the older USB 2.0 standard flash drives.
We love the design as well as the speed of transferring data . Over all this flash drive is a good choice if you are looking to carry your data and access it quickly , This Flash drive comes in many capacities 16GB , 32GB ,64 GB .We are pleased to announce that Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 16 GB Flash Drive receives award at TechTipsnReview