Pros: - Great Capacity
- Great Speeds
- Works as expected
Overall Review: I have had this device for over 2 years and it still works great. Kingston has gained my respect over the years and this was a great buy at the time of purchase.
Pros: Works great, it has worked w/o any flaws for over a full year now, how a full year? It was used on an XBOX 360 Slim and during that time never had an single issue, now I had to replace it with a 32GB because I ran out of space so I'm using it to back up files on a laptop, had to reformat to NTFS and still works and is fast enough for a 2.0.
Cons: No Cons.
Overall Review: Kingston products have never failed for me, that's why I keep buying them and of course, the less expensive the performance is on par with most other products in comparison but for the price this is the best choice, I think. Not to mention the reliability that Kingston products have.
Pros: Kingston Brand.
Nice flip cover.
Overall Review: I have used, formated, used, formated over and over with no failures.
I thought the flip cover was going to be cheap... wrong, it's nicely attached and works.
Pros: It holds 32 gigs of digital stuff. Its fast, and easy to use. Reformat it to NTFS to upload large files to this thumb drive to make good use of the storage space.
Cons: IT ONLY HOLDS 29 GIGS. You cant tell me that 3 gigabytes of storage is meant for something else, why allocate that much disk space to something other than storage? Thats a bit too much. My Corsair 32gb holds 30gbs, why cant this one?
Overall Review: Kingston should repackage this to reflect the actual amount of data storage on these packages.
Pros: Integrated easy to open cover that you cannot lose. 10MB/sec write speed. Pretty
Has ur program pre-installed if you want it.
Cons: Not as fast as some flash drives.
Overall Review: I purchased three different 8 GB flash drives and tested the write speeds. All three cost roughly the same. The three are:
Sandisk Cruzer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171467
Kingston DataTraveler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139246
The Muskin and Kinston are the same size. Both will fit two in close spaced vertically stacked USB ports although it is a very tight fit. The Sandisk is almost half the thickness of the Muskin and Kingston. All 3 are basically the same width. The Kingston has the advantage of an integrated cover that you cannot lose. The Muskin has a clear plastic (easily lost) cap. The Sandisk has no cover.
I timed the copying of a single 1GB mp4 file to the flash drive. Each flashdrive was virgin.
1GB file time to transfer in seconds:
Muskin 14MB/sec 71 seconds
SanDisk 5MB/sec 198 seconds
Kingston 9.8/MB/sec 102 second
Pros: Excellent speed for the price, considering it's a USB 2.0 device (which has a maximum effective throughput of 35 MB/s). Cheap, well-constructed. You can't ask for much in an inexpensive flash device, and this one performs admirably for the price.
Cons: I don't see any cons. Sure, it's not hitting 35 MB/s. But does anyone really expect this out of a USB flash drive at this pricepoint?
Overall Review: The first things I did when I got this is test the drive's performance, then reformat it. It came from the factory formatted to a 16K block size. I reduced that to a "standard" 4K and benchmarked it again. Using a 4K block size cut the write speed quite a bit from the default 16K. This surprised me at first, but some reading material suggests that many new flash devices use 16K internal pages. This makes sense, as less pages to access means a simpler, weaker controller can get away with doing the work, which translates to reduced cost. The benchmarks back this up. In other words, keep this device formatted with a 16K block size, NOT a 4K. This will maximize both performance and lifespan, because it translates to fewer internal operations being executed to map what the OS *wants* to write to what the controller is actually writing.
Performance using FAT32, 50 MB chunks, 4 passes averaged:
16K BLOCK SIZE
Seq read: 21.5 MB/s
Seq write: 19.2 MB/s
Rand read (512 KB): 21.5 MB/s
Rand write (512 KB): 9.1 MB/s
Read read (4KB, QD@1): 2.6 MB/s (630 IOPS)
Rand write (4KB, QD@1): 0.8 MB/s (200 IOPS)
Rand read (4KB, QD@32): 2.8 MB/s (699 IOPS)
Rand write (4KB, QD@32): 1.0 MB/s (237 IOPS)
4K BLOCK SIZE
Seq read: 21.4 MB/s
Seq write: 10.9 MB/s
Rand read (512 KB): 21.5 MB/s
Rand write (512 KB): 4.6 MB/s
Read read (4KB, QD@1): 2.4 MB/s (603 IOPS)
Rand write (4KB, QD@1): 0.5 MB/s (154 IOPS)
Rand read (4KB, QD@32): 2.8 MB/s (691 IOPS)
Rand write (4KB, QD@32): 0.6 MB/s (176 IOPS)
Pros: Largest capacity thumbdrive that can be used with the XBOX 360, 13.8GB of usable space when fully used for XBOX storage. Passes all the XBOX data checks for speed and accuracy.
Cons: More expensive than some other vendor's 16GB thumbdrives, but they usually don't work on the XBOX. Paying for the Kingston name is worth it.
Overall Review: If you are looking for a thumbdrive to work with your XBOX 360 for profiles and other data, look no further.
Pros: No stupid cap to lose: reasonably fast (for USB 2.0): easy pocket size: no "bloatware" on it.
Cons: Easy to lose, apparently. :-(
Overall Review: I lost mine recently - probably left it in the airport security bin. Stupid, but there you go. I am ordering another one to replace it. The flip-over connector protection works well - I had my old one for a year and never had any problems. Yes, you need to format it for NTFS for large files, but that's easily done. Access times are reasonably fast, and the little access light in the center is a good indicator of activity.