Two Minute Review of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

A few weeks ago we told you about the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive. Here is out two minute review.

Who are Kingston?

From their website:

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader.
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 2010, the company’s sales reached $6.5 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.

Features and Specifications

  • Capacities*: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Requirements: system with USB 3.0 port
  • Backwards compatible: with USB 2.0
  • Speed**: When plugged into a USB 3.0 system: up to 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write; when plugged into a USB 2.0 system: maximum specification performance (around 30MB/s read and write)
  • Dimensions: 2.90″ x 0.87″ x 0.63″ (73.70mm x 22.20mm x 16.10mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Practical: durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Warranty: 5 Years

* Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at
** Speed may vary due to host hardware, software and usage.

What’s in the Box?

For our review we got the 32GB version.

The packaging (which you will need a knife to get into) includes the USB 3.0 flash drive and a key ring.

A Closer Look

Using the Drive

Just plug in the drive and Windows will detect it and it will be ready to use immediately.

Performance Testing

Using the trusty HD Tune Pro, the File Benchmarks are show below:

Connected to a USB 2.0 port:

Connected to a USB 3.0 port:

Connected to a USB 2.0 port:

Connected to a USB 3.0 port:

Unfortunately I couldn’t get the Write benchmarks to work.

You can see the significant speed differences between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. So if you have a USB 3.0 port then make sure you plug it in there!

Final Thoughts

It’s nice to see USB 3.0 drives becoming more available, although a lot of people still don’t have USB 3.0 ports on their computer.

The packaging was pretty difficult to get into, and so I had to use a knife. Keep this in mind if you urgently need one pretty much straight from the store – have them open it for you before you leave!

Price wise these drives are more expensive than their USB 2.0 counterparts, obviously, so if you don’t have USB 3.0 available to you then you may want to steer clear for now, unless you don’t mind buying now, although as usual the prices will come down over time.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2

Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (ex VAT)
DTU30G2/16GB 16GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB Flash Drive £40.10
DTU30G2/32GB 32GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB Flash Drive £60.15
DTU30G2/64GB 64GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB Flash Drive £110.70


Overall its a nice little drive, although I found it did get a little warm, but nothing that really worried me. The drive is also quite big is physical size compared to a lot of other drives so you will notice it in your pocket.

Learn more from the Kingston website