This review would not be comlete without giving a little demo showing the uniqueness of the U3 DataTraveler. Using U3.com to install programs to your U3 DataTraveler will show you how this flash drive is the perfect gift for any student! Students use computer labs everyday now, and the U3 DataTraveler will allow the student to never have to worry about having the right applications installed on a school computer. They will be able to use their own programs and save their data right on the flash drive with any computer that is running a Windows XP / 2000 operating system.
When you first get your drive and plug it into your computer’s USB port, clicking on the little ‘U3′ icon in your system tray will yield this menu. Here you can see that there is a welcome program pre-installed that will give you a demo on how to use your U3 DataTraveler.
On the right side of the menu, you will see that there are options to explore, manage, add programs, and more. Explore just opens up a windows explorer window for you to view the contents of your U3 DataTraveler. Manage U3 Programs allows you to change program specific settings, and Add Programs allows you to download programs specifically designed for the U3 Smart flash drive.
Here is a shot showing Mozilla Firefox getting installed. The background window is the mini-browser that is loaded to navigate U3.com. When you select a program to install, the shown wizard pops up to do the installation for you. U3.com offers you the ability to purchase and/or just download your favorite programs so you can take them with you to whatever computer you may need to use.
When you finish installing your desired programs, you will be able to run them by clicking on the appropriate icon as shown above!
Now that you have seen just what the Kingston U3 DataTraveler has to offer let’s run a couple benchmarks to find out how this flash drive performs.