If you are looking for a tiny USB 3.0 flash drive, then the Kingston DataTraveler Mini 3.0 might be a perfect choice. It is smaller than a standard AA battery, measuring only 1.67inches! Made out of aluminum, it utilizes a cap-less design so there is nothing to lose, however that does leave the USB 3.0 connector exposed. The DataTraveler Mini 3.0 has a respectable read speed of 70MB/s, but the rated write speed is just 10MB/s. This drive isn’t meant for users that demand the fastest flash drive, it’s for users that want a small and reliable place to store data.
The DataTraveler Mini 3.0 is available in three sizes, and all three are available now from Amazon. The 16GB version (DTM30/16GB) is available for $12.49, while the 32GB Blue drive is $19.99 and the 64GB Grey drive is $39.99. At those prices, the DataTraveler Mini 3.0 is very reasonable, plus it includes a 5 year warranty.
In the synthetic benchmarks CrystalDiskMark and ATTO the DataTraveler Mini received slightly higher than rated speeds. However when using TeraCopy to copy a large amount of JPG and MOV files, the read speed did not reach the rated 70MB/s; it averaged 59MB/s. That is still very respectable for a small flash drive. The downside is the write speed, being rated at 10MB/s, when transferring 16GB or 64GB of data to the flash drive at that speed it is going to take sometime.
Legit Bottom Line: The DataTraveler Mini 3.0 is a perfect choice for users that want to carry data with them at all times. Its size allows it to fit virtually anywhere, and could be stored on a keychain without any issues.