DataTraveler R3.0 G2, Mini 3.0, MicroDuo 3.0 – Kingston’s New Breed of Robust Pen Drives

by May 5, 2015
Kingston data traveler pen drives

Computer crashes, hard drive failure occurs all the time especially when we least expected it hence it always a good idea to keep all your vital data stored in a rugged storage device that offer a higher level protection than the ordinary ones that we use every day. However, most of the computer accessories manufacturing companies have been focusing on developing a rugged portable hard drive (PHD) while they conveniently ignored making rugged USB flash drives. In fact, the last rugged USB drive was manufactured in 2011 by Corsair; the device named Survivor GT was made of an alloy that is used in aircraft. However, the device never made an impact in the market due to its high cost.

Recently, Kingston Technology Company, one of the largest manufacturer of storage products in the world has bought out a new USB flash drive that has a robust rubber casing and is shock and water resistant. As a matter of fact, Kingston has bought out three new pen drives namely, Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2, DataTraveler Mini 3.0 and DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 all the three devices have unique features and serve different purpose. Here is a Review of all the 3 devices:

Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2

Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2

This storage device may not have a very attractive design; it looks quite chunky and rugged with raised blue and black fins all over the body but it more than makes up for it with its solid performance and shock resistance and waterproof ability. If aesthetics are not your high priority but safety is, then this is the device just for you. The outer rubber coat is pretty thick and it gives a good grip while handling it also owing to its chunky size it is pretty difficult for you to misplace it. The R3.0 G2 has a removable cap and it can be used in any of the 3.0 USB ports on your laptop and desktop. In terms of data transfer speed it is certainly not the best but it offers decent speed. Again, the pen drive is specially designed to be rugged and robust and not for speed.

You can buy the 16 GB variant for Rs. 1,300; 32 GB would cost you Rs. 2,000 and the 64 GB variant is priced at Rs. 2800

Ratings (out of 5)

Performance – 3

Design – 3

Robustness – 5

Value for money – 4

Kingston DataTraveller Mini 3.0

This USB drive is also known as DTM30 this is much like the usual pen drive we use every day. However, for users who care about style and attractive design will gravitate towards this model as it stands out from the thousands of other pen drives in the market. It has a slim, rectangular body that appears to be an extended USB plug. The angular plastic tip at the end of the device provides you better grip when you plug-in or plug-out from the USB port. The model comes in 4 variants, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. While the 128 GB variant is available only in emerald green colour, the other variants come in a variety of attractive colours. The device with its high speed data transfer capacity offers sequential reads at 109.4Mbps, which is much higher than the last known pen drive that had a speed of 70Mbps.

You can buy the 16 GB variant for Rs. 750; 32 GB would cost you Rs. 1,200; 64 GB for Rs. 2,500 and the 128 GB variant is priced at Rs. 5,000

Ratings (out of 5)

Performance – 3.5

Design – 3

Robustness – 3

Value for money – 4

Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo 3.0

They say, Big Things come in small size, well this perfectly apply to the DataTraveler MicroDuo 3.0 as this small device is known to provide powerful performance. Owing to its mini size it is unobtrusive while it is plugged into your tablet for smartphone. The device is protected by a swiveling plastic cap and it lets you transfer data on the go by connecting it to the micro USB ports. Almost all the android and even some of the windows portable device support such drives. This is the smallest of all the three drives and amazingly while it is only the size of a thumbnail, it comes with a storage capacity up to 64 GB.

You can buy the 16 GB variant for Rs. 1,100; 32 GB would cost you Rs. 2,200; and the 64 GB variant is priced at Rs. 3,000

Ratings (out of 5)

Performance – 4

Design – 4

Robustness – 3

Value for money – 4