Kingston 16GB DT G2 flash drive
Mar 26, 2011 (Updated Mar 27, 2011)
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Large storage, fast access time, no cap to lose, nice case, 5 year warranty.
Cons:I can not really find anything bad.
The Bottom Line: Kingston, in my opinion makes very good reliable products at an affordable price. I would feel comfortable buying most anything made by Kingston.
I have used Kingston memory products for some time now and feel they make items that are reliable, reasonably priced and perform as expected. So when I had the chance to purchase a 16GB flash drive from them, I did not worry over the quality of the product.
Recommend this product?
The unit itself is compact as most are but slightly on the thicker side than thin. This is not a bad thing as some of my very thin ones seems to generate a bit of heat. It has no cap to lose but slides out so you can use it and protect the access input area. I really like that. It also has an indicator light that will blink when in use. No use no light. There is an addition to the rear of it so you can put it on a lanyard or keyring if desired. Basic black in color.
This flash drive is one of the faster drives I own, as the results from the HD Tune program indicates. HD Tune test the transfer rate speeds as well as access time, burst rate and cpu usage. The numbers are impressive compared to other units I tested.
The transfer rate score indicatd a minimum of 19.1 Mb/sec and a maximum of 21.0 MB/sec averaging out to 19.9 or so. Each test varies so slightly. The access time is from 1.1ms to 1.5ms with a burst rate from 17.6MB/sec to 20.0. CPU usage was in the 6.5 to 7% range. Actual transfer rates do vary, as today I was moving 2Gb of photos from my hard drive to this drive. It was averaging 10 to 11 MB/sec. I suppose it depends on the type files and amount of space required, along with your computer and hard drive used.
The test also showed a very stable test run unlike some of my others which fell drastically and then resumed normally. Almost a flat straight line here during the benchmark. That is good. I can play a dvd movie directly from the drive without any load time or break in the motion of the video.
Now as with any hard drive or flash drive the rating is a bit misleading, with a 16 Gb drive you end up with about 14.9 usable space. The ratio is very close to .931 because of the way windows take the 1024 bits to make a meg formula. But still quite a bit of storage for such a small device. I really like the drive. I would recommend it and would purchase another without hesitation. I paid 22.00 for this.
And I would like to add one other thing, and that is how to insert a usb drive. As tech savvy as I would like to think I am, I always had a hit or miss approach to inserting a usb drive. Well no more. All usb drive I have seen, looking directly into the inserting part, insert with the dark block bar on the drive on the bottom. In addition to this, there is a seam, on the silver part that goes in the receptacle, that seam is always on the bottom.
On computers with vertical usb slots, this will be a bit difficult to explain but here goes. If facing the rear of the computer, the usb block bar will go to the left side. If you are going to reach around to the back, it will be on your right. Do hope this helps someone.
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