Kingston DataTraveler (16 GB) (DTIG316GB)

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KINGSTON DATATRAVELER I 16GB USB 2 FLASH DRIVE DTI 16GB

Apr 20, 2012
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:This is a very inexpensive and no frills flash drive.

Cons:No major problems.

The Bottom Line: This is a very inexpensive and reliable flash drive.


KINGSTON  DATATRAVELER  I  16GB  USB 2  FLASH  DRIVE  DTI 16GB

            My very first experience with a flash drive was with a Kingston 512MB Flash Drive. I remember a friend coming to my house to get my feedback regarding a presentation that they were going to be giving, and they brought along the presentation on their little Kingston 512MB Flash Drive.  This was quiet a few years ago, and I did not know what a flash drive was at the time.  I remember being so surprised that this little flash drive could hold so much information. I was quite impressed with this little Kingston, and my friend gave me the Flash Drive to keep as a way of thanking me for helping them with their presentation.  Of course, today there are so many upgrades to faster flash drives and obviously ones with significantly greater storage capacity. Yet this old little Kingston DataTraveler impressed me at the time, and it continues to impress me that it still functions perfectly today.  In fact, I wrote the first draft of this review on the old little Kingston 512MB Flash Drive. 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 I 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Read on and see if the 16 GB version of the Kingston DataTraveler I USB 2.0 Flash Drive sounds like something you would be interested in looking into. 

            Since price is always an important consideration in making any decision to purchase a product, I think that I should start there.  One of the things that I like about the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is the price. I was able to pickup this 16GB version of the Kingston DataTraveler I for $11.99 at a local flea market.  Why such a low price?  I asked the vendor at the flea market, and he replied that he did not know, and he ventured to guess that perhaps a new version is going to be coming out, such as a USB 3.0 version.  I can only guess as to what the reason was, but I was delighted to get it for this price, as I paid a higher price for an 8GB version of this very same flash drive about two years ago. I then researched this particular Kingston DataTraveler on the Internet, and found it selling for a dollar more than I paid.  Nevertheless, that is a great price for all that this little Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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 16GB version of the Kingston DataTraveler I 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 a 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.
         
          One of the obvious pros in favor of using a device like the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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 16GB stands for 16 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 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 that this Kingston flash drive does not have. 

          A very important point to clarify early on in this review has to do with how compatible is the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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, and I do not personally own an Apple brand computer as of this writing. 

          The Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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 children has used it on a Mac at a friends house and he reports no complaints, and the specifications on the Kingston website also indicate that it is compatible with the Linux System as well, but I have no personal experience with using Linux and as such, I can not personally comment on it. 

          While we are on the subject of USB ports, this would be a good place to mention that the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive has a stationary USB connector. The USB connector is not retractable like some other brands, such as a Sandisk. The Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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. 

            The dimensions of the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB Flash Drive are 0.8 inches wide, 2.64 inches long, and 0.35 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 Kingston DataTravelers plugged in one on top of the other. Unlike some flash drives that offer a lot of frills such as password protected control and U3 Smart Technology, the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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 is the option of purchasing the Kingston U3 DataTraveler, which comes with password protection and it supports U3 compliant applications.  If however you are like me, and do not require or want these extra features, then the Kingston DataTraveler I may be what you are looking for, and it is certainly less expensive than a flash drive with extra frills. 

          Although the storage capacity of the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB Flash Drive is obviously very impressive for such a remarkably small device, as least to my thinking, there are a few potential problems with this particular flash drive that are worth mentioning here, as they might be annoying to some, and less so for others. One of my complaints has to do with how the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB Flash Drive is designed.  The Kingston DataTraveler I 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 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 I 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. 

          A complaint that I have heard a number of times from people who are into recording and storing video files, such as one of my kids, is that the write and read speed of the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is unacceptably slow, and that it is virtually useless for video.  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 DataTravel I 16GB to back up and store things that I have typed, such as various reports and the like, and also for storing digital photos, as well as for backing up musical files from songs that I have written and recorded on my Digital Audio Workstation.  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 I 16GB Flash Drive is painfully slow in both read and write speeds, and in his opinion it is completely unacceptable.  Since I do not use the Kingston to work with video, I can not personally comment on this.  Like anything else, it is difficult to please everyone, and if one requires much faster read and write speeds, then the Kingston DataTraveler I may not be for you.  Kingston makes a high speed flash drive called the Data Traveler Elite that has a write speed of up to 14MB/second and a read speed of 24MB/second, and for people who need a very high speed USB 2.0 Flash Drive this may be a better choice.          

           The Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB Flash Drive has a little 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, and I think it is a very useful feature. 

          The bottom line for me is this, I like the Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB 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 I 16GB USB Flash Drive outweigh any of its weakness, such as its relatively slow read and write speed, and the issue the worry about potentially losing the detachable protective cap. 

          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.


Recommend this product? Yes


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