Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 32GB USB3 DTU30

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Aron Schatz
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October 27, 2010
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Kingston
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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 32GB USB3 DTU30
With read speeds of 80MB/s and writes of 60MB/s, this is the fastest flash drive we have tested.

Page 1: Introduction, About Kingston, Packaging

Introduction

Sure, a flash drive review. What could possibly be so interesting about another flash drive? This one supports USB3 and comes with much faster speeds than USB2. Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate is their first foray into USB3 and it comes packed with lots of storage. We've got the 32GB version on the bench today and it packs a very large jump in performance over USB2.

About Kingston

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Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion.

With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.

Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.

http://www.kingston.com/company/default.asp


Packaging

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Kingston's retail packaging is very distinct for their consumer grade lines. It is very Apple-esque and is bathed in white and silver with the red Kingston dude. The front of the packaging contains the transfer speed expectations. With USB3, the DT Ultimate tops at 80MB/s on reads and 60MB/s on writes. This is better than many traditional hard drives today!

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The back of the packaging contains an additional cable to work with USB2 (more on that later). The DataTraveler is listed to work on Windows, but will work on any OS that has a proper xHCI stack (or USB2 mass storage support).

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