Pros: This is an inexpensive and reliable flash drive.
Cons: No major ones.
KINGSTON DATATRAVELER G3 4GB USB 2.0 FLASH DRIVE DTI G3 4 GBZ
It seems like such a very long time ago, that my very first experience with a flash drive was with a Kingston 512MB Flash Drive. I remember being so impressed that this little flash drive could hold so much information. Of course, today there are so many upgrades to faster flash drives and obviously ones with significantly greater storage capacity. Yet my old little Kingston DataTraveler impressed me very much at the time, and it continues to impress me that it still functions as perfectly today as it did years ago. Today I am going to be reviewing the bigger brother of the little Kingston that first introduced me to the world of flash drive technology. Today, I shall be reviewing the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Read on and see if the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive sounds like something you would be interested in looking into the next time you are considering purchasing an inexpensive flash drive.
Since price is always an important consideration in making any decision to purchase any product, I think that I shall begin there. Actually, one of the things that I most like about the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is the price. The Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive has a list price tag of $19.99, but it can be readily found selling at a discount for as little as $7.99, and I am sure one could even find it for less if there was a sale going on. That is a great price for all that this little Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive can do.
As with any product, there are good points and bad points , and I shall do my best to present both the things I like about the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive and the things that I do not like. But I would like to be up front about the fact that I am a layman when it comes to computers, and computer technology is not my profession or background. My background is similar to most people out there who might be inclined to consider making a purchase of the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive or similar products, namely that I use computers everyday as part of my work and leisure activities, and I need to have a simple and efficient way to back up and store my data for safekeeping as well as for easy transportability.
A very important point to clarify early on in this review has to do with how compatible is the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive with different computer operating systems. Well I have personally used it with Windows XP and Vista, and Windows 7 and I have had no problems. The Kingston website reports that it will work with virtually any device that has a USB port, but I will have to take their word for it as I obviously do not have access to every possible device that has a USB port to test this out on.
The Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive will operate on an older computer with slower USB ports, but it will of course perform data transfers at the slower speed that the older port can handle. One of my son's has used it on a Mac and he reports no complaints, and the specifications indicate that the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is also compatible with the Linux System as well, but I have no personal experience with using Linux, and thus I can not comment on it.
While we are on the subject of USB ports, this would be a good place to mention that the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive has a stationary USB connector. The USB connector is not retractable like some other brands. The Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive has a separate cap that is used to protect the USB connector. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. A good thing is that the USB connector is firm and is easy to insert into just about any type of USB port without a problem. A negative thing is that it requires a protective cap, and this protective cap can easily be lost. On the other hand, I have had the same Kingston DataTraveler 512 for at least 5 years of more, and I have not lost the cap.
One of the obvious pros in favor of using a device like the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is that it is so compact, and yet it has such a large data storage capacity. As many of you who are reading this may already know, GB stands for Gigabytes, which means 1 billion bytes of information, and 4GB stands for 4 billion bytes of information. With such a large storage capacity, one can easily store even large data files, video clips, music, pictures, and the like, and take them along anywhere. Of course even significantly bigger files can be stored on some of the other models of the Kingston DataTraveler, and there are some that have faster read and write speeds as well as other added features, and some other Kingston devices are also capable of USB 3.0 technology.
Although the storage capacity of the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is very impressive for such a remarkably small device, as least to my thinking, there are a few potential problems with the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive here worth mentioning that might be annoying to some, and less so for others. One of my complaints has to do with how the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is designed. The Kingston DataTraveler G3 is designed to have a removable cap that protects the USB connection. The cap can be secured to the back of the DataTraveler and snapped into place, and it will be held securely there. That sounds fine until you consider that the cap then covers the hook, or should I say the eye, that would normally be used to attach the Kingston DataTraveler to a lanyard or a keychain. Thus, you would have to remove the Kingston DatatTraveler from whatever it is attached to if you were planning to place the cap on the back of the DataTraveler for safekeeping. To me this is not a big deal, as I do not ever use a lanyard to hook my Kingston DataTraveler on to. If I am going to take it anywhere, I put it in my wallet. It is slim enough to fit nicely, safely, and securely there, and I do not have to be concerned about it being attached to a keychain or lanyard. However, having a removable cap that can be easily lost is, in my opinion, a design weakness of the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Another design weakness is that the hook, or should I say eye, that can be used to attach the Kingston DataTraveler to a carrying device, is made of plastic. Further the plastic eye is not very big at all, and I can easy foresee someone breaking the plastic as they were attempting to attach the Kingston DataTraveler to a metal keychain.
Another complaint that I have regarding the Kingston DataTraveler G3 series of flash drives is that the term or name G3 can be misleading to many potential consumers. I was recently sensitized to this issue. When I was in the store and was considering looking into purchase a USB 3.0 drive, I overhead the person next to me in the shopping isle say to their companion that they thought that the term G3 meant that it was the 3rd generation of USB technology, and that G1 was USB 1.0, G2 was USB 2.0, and G3 was USB 3.0. I appologized for inadvertently overhearing their conversation as they were standing beside me, and then I gave them the correct information, which was that the term G3 as it applies to the Kingston DataTraveler does not mean that it is USB 3.0, but rather it is USB 2.0. Actually, there is a Kingston Generation 2 or G2 that is USB 3.0, and that is called the Kingston DataTraveler Ultinate 3.0 G2 Flash Drive. I can readily see how a consumer could become confused or misled by using terms such as G2 or G3. I should note here that I was rewarded for my assistance to the couple I met in the store by being offered a stick of gum. I guess there are some good deeds that do not get punished.
A complaint that I have heard a number of times from people who are into recording and storing video files (i.e., one of my children) is that the write and read speeds of the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive are slow. Well the write speed is listed in the specs as being 5MB/second, and the read speed is listed as being 10MB/second when plugged into a high speed port. Personally, the write speed I noted was about 3MB/second depending on what I was copying, and the read speed was about 6MB/second. To some that may seem slow, but actually I was not put off by it. I primarily use the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB to back up and store things that I have typed, such as various reports, documents, and the like, as well as for backing up photos that I have recently taken. Personally I have found the read and write speeds to be completely acceptable for my purposes. However, one of my children who is into video recordings has complained that the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB Flash Drive is painfully slow in both read and write speeds. Like anything else, it is difficult to please everyone, and if one requires much faster read and write speeds, then the Kingston DataTraveler G3 may not be for you. Kingston makes a high speed flash drive called the DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 that has a write speed of up to 100MB/second and a read speed of 70MB/second, and for people who need a very high speed USB 3.0 Flash Drive, this may be a better choice.
Unlike some flash drives that offer a lot of frills such as password protected control and U3 Smart Technology, the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB Flash Drive offers none of these features. It is what some call a "dumb thumb drive." Although some people may like these built-in features, I have found them to be more of a nuisance than a good thing. For my purposes a dumb thumb is just fine. If one wants a Kingston Flash Drive with all the extra frills built-in, there are quite a few models that Kingston offers, such as the Kingston DataTraveler Locker +, which comes with password protection. If however you are like me, and do not require or want these extra features, then the Kingston DataTraveler G3 may be what you are looking for, and it is less expensive than a flash drive with extra frills.
The dimensions of the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB Flash Drive are 0.88 inches wide, 2.59 inches long, and 0.42 inches deep, and the weight is just 0.4 ounces. For the most part, these size dimensions are fine in most circumstances. I found that on my laptop there was no problem with having two different Kingston DataTravelers plugged in one on top of the other. The Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB Flash Drive has a little LED light that is built in and this light gives off an glow when it is engaged. This light blinks when the Flash Drive is being used, such as when you are saving a file to it. It is not as big or as prominent as the light on some other flash drives. Personally, I like the light because it lets me know that the flash drive is active and working. Some people do not like to see a light on their flash drive blinking. To me this is a mystery, as I find it to be a useful feature. It lets me know that the Flash Drive has properly connected to the computer, as well as letting me know that it is recording the data from the source that I have it connected to when it starts flashing or blinking, and I am not turned off in the least by it. On the contrary, I like it.
The bottom line for me is this, I like the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. It is not the fastest flash drive by far, and it has no built in frills like password protection or U3 Smart Technology. It is basically a "Dumb Thumb Drive," and I must say that I am very pleased with it. Every product has good and bad points, but in my opinion, the strengths of the Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB Flash Drive, including its very modest price tag, outweigh any of its weakness, such as its relatively slow read and write speed, the issue of worrying about potentially losing the detachable protective cap, and the fact that the plastic loop area on the back of the DataTraveler could potentially be damaged or break if one were to try and attach it to a metal key ring.
Well I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will excuse me, I must get back to practicing my guitar.