Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewTue, Sep 21, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Free Capacity and Final Thoughts
When it comes to storage capacity, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64GB Flash drive has a free capacity of 59.6GB as shown above. Kingston states that some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64GB Flash drive is certainly the fastest USB Flash drive that we have ever seen Kingston bring to the market. The move to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is certainly a welcomed addition to the market and we are very happy to see Kingston enter the USB 3.0 market for the very first time. As more companies enter the USB 3.0 market space it is only to increase competition and that, in turn, drives innovation up and usually pricing down. We hope this will be just the first of many more USB 3.0 products that we see from Kingston this year.
The performance of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive was superb and in nearly all of the benchmarks we were able to exceed the factory peak ratings of 80MB/s read and 60MB/s write. In CrystalDiskMark 3.0, for example, we saw 95MB/s in the sequential read test and 68MB/s in the sequential read test. In ATTO v2.46 we got the best peak scores of the review with 97MB/s read and 71MB/s write speeds. These are very impressive numbers and easily blow away USB 2.0 devices. We were also able to confirm in real world file transfer tests that the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64GB Flash drive is fast as it blew away some popular and fast drives that we still use today to transfer files from one PC to another.
When it comes to pricing the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive series is available in 16GB (DTU30/16GB), 32GB (DTU30/32GB) and 64GB (DTU30/64GB) drive capacities with the 16GB model having a cost of $64.99, the 32GB at $99.99 and the 64GB model is being sold for $199.99. All capacities of the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive come backed with a 5-year warranty in the event that something goes wrong and it needs to be replaced. If you are shopping for USB Flash drives you will be paying a premium for a USB 3.0 device. For example, the Kingston DataTraveler 200 64GB USB 2.0 Flash drive is currently $150.99 shipped, so to move to a faster drive with USB 3.0 support you need to pay an extra $49. If you move a large volume of files every day then you might find the time saved is well worth the price premium that you would have to pay for the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive.
Legit Bottom Line: If you want a fast and portable USB 3.0 Flash Drive the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive series won’t disappoint!