Review of the Kingston Digital DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB Flash Drive

We told you about the Kingston Digital DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, their fastest ever USB Flash drive back in November. Now it’s time to review this bad boy.

The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is designed for enthusiasts, gamers, early adopters and high end consumers; it features the fastest speeds and largest capacities that Kingston has to offer in a USB Flash drive. Faster speeds and higher capacities enable users to quickly store their digital files and keep it with them at all times, in HyperX style.

Its high-speed eight-channel architecture provides USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write. Users can save time associated with opening, editing and copying large files and applications between devices. The fast write speeds also allow users to work on large files or applications directly from the USB 3.0 drive without performance lag.

DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is backed by a five-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Who are Kingston Digital?

From their website:

Kingston has grown to be the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory enhancement products. Founded in 1987 by John Tu and David Sun, Kingston has grown from offering a single in-line memory module into an international company with over 2,000 products that support over 20,000 systems with sales exceeding $6.5 billion in 2010.

Reliability is the cornerstone of Kingston’s product strategy and contributes to the high degree of trust between Kingston and its customers. Kingston is dedicated to exceeding the industry standard when it comes to detail, product quality and product reliability.


  • Capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed:
    • USB 3.0: up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write
    • USB 2.0: up to 30 MB/s read/write
  • 8-Channel Architecture
  • Backwards Compatible: with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports
  • Solid/rugged design: durable metal and rubberized casing provides increased protection
  • ReadyBoost Support
  • Dimensions: 2.952″ x 0.916″ x 0.626″ (74.99mm x 23.29mm x 15.9mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Simple: just plug into any USB port
  • Practical: durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Warranty: 5 Years

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the flash drive, some instructions and a key ring loop.

A Closer Look

Using the Drive

Plugging the drive into my Windows 7 machine was simple and it was recognised immediately.

Below is a short video on the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0:

DataTraveler HyperX 3.0


Performance Tests

Whilst the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive is designed for USB 3.0, it will work on USB 2.0 and so we performed tests on both connections to show you the difference between the two.

USB 3.0 Tests

Using HD Tune Pro, the average Read speed was 217.9 MB/s.

Using HD Tune Pro, the average Write speed was 23.7 MB/s. I ran the tests several times as I was surprised with the low result, and each time I got the same rough speed. I think this might be an issue with the test as the CrystalDiskMark testing was significantly better (as you will see below shortly).

Using CrystalDiskMark showed similar results for Read and significantly better results for Write.

USB 2.0 Tests

Using HD Tune Pro, the average Read speed was 33.4 MB/s.

Using HD Tune Pro, the average Read speed was 12.4 MB/s.

Using CrystalDiskMark showed similar results for Read and better results for Write.

Final Thoughts

This USB Flash Drive is very lightweight and is easy to fit in your pocket (which is exactly what you would expect, and need, from a flash drive).

It is also fast, well it’s fast when using it with USB 3.0 ports – if you use it on USB 2.0, then it’s quite slow, but you wouldn’t really buy this drive unless you could use it on USB 3.0 would you?

I didn’t quite get the speeds that Kingston claim for the drive, but I wasn’t far off, so I am happy to put the difference down to testing kit.

The drive also claims to be shock resistant – I did drop it a few times and even throw it across the room and it worked fine. This is useful as it is surprising just how much flash drives get thrown about, or dropped!

It’s also not the thinnest drive on the market – but I would say that it felt reassuringly chunky!

One thing I did notice was that prolonged use of the drive mad it very warm, so bear that in mind.

Price wise, the 128GB version retails for around £199.44, which isn’t cheap, but if you want a large capacity speedy flash drive you should certainly take a long hard look at this one!

Learn more from the Kingston website