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Kingston 16GB DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (DTSE9H/16GBZ)
  • Convenient - small, capless and pocket-sized for easy transportability
  • Durable - metal casing with sturdy ring
  • Supports Windows 7, Vista, XP and Mac
  • $6.99
  • $5.95 
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2 out of 5 eggs Small, but very slow 02/03/2014

This review is from: Kingston 16GB DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (DTSE9H/16GBZ)


I purchased the 16 GB version of this Kingston DataTraveler. It is very small, looks decent, is pretty durable, and fits securely on a keychain


A massive con for this drive is the extremely slow write speed. This thing is the slowest flash drive I have ever owned. It writes even slower than a bargain bucket 512MB Sandisk usb thumbdrive that I bought for $9.99 eight years ago. The sustained write speed for this drive is approximately 3 megabytes per second for LARGE files. Writing large numbers of small files results in agonizingly slow speeds. have tested this thumbdrive in a variety of computers and ports to confirm that the write speed is on par with the worst I have ever tested. And yes, the finish does wear easily but that should be secondary to speed and reliability. the write speed is so abysmal that the massive discount (bought two 16GB for $20 total including markdown and coupon code) that I received on this drive is meaningless, and I would have rather paid a higher price for something faster.

Other Thoughts:

Read speed is nothing to write home about, but it is decent enough. about 15 megabytes per second for large files.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the incovience caused by the DTSE9H flash drive. Please understand the DTSE9H is not considered a performance drive and does not offer high transfer rates. One of our USB 3.0 Performance drives would most likely serve your needs better. Such as the DTR30 which offers 30MB/s write in USB 3.0 ports and 25MB/s in USB 2.0 ports. For any further assistance with Kingston products, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner

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