Pros: Decent read and write speeds and Kingston is good for their warranty (how I received this one).
Cons: Bulky (compared to previous model), light obscured, and you can't put it on a key ring/lanyard easily.
Overall Review: Compared to the one that failed (DTI/32GB received as a Christmas present 2010) it is slightly faster. However, they have changed the casing design and have made this product worse in terms of utility. For products that have multiple USB ports beside each other (PS3, laptops, etc.), it is now too big to have multiple products plugged in at once. I also have seen this problem with the Corsair Flash Voyagers. There was an activity light that was clearly visible, now they have that LED underneath the orange "grip" section, which is pretty much opaque. The grip itself isn't that useful and the back part of the grip has too small of an opening to put this on a key ring or lanyard. So, one step forward in performance, two steps back in utility.
Pros: The drive is small, has an activity LED underneath the yellow logo. The cap fits loosely on the back of the drive so as to not loose it. It kinda looks cool.
Cons: The benchmarks show this drive to perform avg reads @ 20 Mb/s and writes @ 2.7-3.2 Mb/s. This drive performed slower than its 4 Gb cousins which had an avg write speed of 8-10 Mb/s.
The cap fits loosely on the back, doesn't come with a lanyard(not really a negative), and the slot to clip a lanyard seems narrow for some lanyards.
Overall Review: I RMA'd the 1st drive and received the 2nd one and it failed the speed tests as well falling behind it's 4Gb cousins.
Below is my benchmarking for this particular drive.
The low-level benchmark actually shows the real read/write speeds across the whole drive in graph format. It remains fairly consistent at 2.7-3.0 MB/s write and 17-21 Mb/s read across the entire drive with only 1 or 2 momentary peaks or drops.
For those not aware, Low-Level benchmarking will destroy ALL data on a drive and and has to be reformatted after the test.
Tools used in Benchmarking and testing were:
"USB Toolkit 2.0" - Low-Level and File Size Benchmarks
"Zentimo" - File Speed benchmarking
"h2testw" Capacity, Errors and Speed.
Kingston DataTraveler G3 USB Device
Drive (F:), 7.4 GB "FAT32"
Type of file Speed of reading Speed of writing
Small files (32.0 KB): 8.30 MB/s 882.77 KB/s
Medium files (3.0 MB): 19.80 MB/s 3.18 MB/s
Large files (100.0 MB): 20.36 MB/s 2.64 MB/s
Pros: Cheap, 16GB, less than $1/GB
Read speed = 16.7 MB/s
Write speed = 16.9 MB/s (using SpeedOut)
Cons: It's not free
Overall Review: I plan to use this daily, if I have any issues or failures I will come back and post them.
Pros: Reasonably good read/write performance for the price, could move about 12MB/s either direction. Does exactly what you need it to do, no goofy software getting in your way.
Cons: The cap is designed to clip on to the end of the unit, but the fit isn't terribly secure so you might lose it. Actual storage capacity more around 7.2gb
Pros: Works as it should. I have them loaded with MP3s and plugged into my car & truck stereos.
Cons: The casing is a little wide, I tried to plug 2 of them into the from of my PC at the same time and they do not fit side by side.
Overall Review: Doing exactly what I bought them for, holding lots of music!
Pros: i have never had any corrupted files using any kingston stick. i even have the one i received from my school for free 5 years ago and it still works like a charm. i always get these to back up my semesters work and portfolios and i check them periodically to make sure they still work.
Cons: a little on the big side and i always manage to loose the stupid cap.
Overall Review: never failed me yet and i don't plan on stopping to use them any time soon
Pros: Dirt cheap. 8gb. Didn't lose all my data when it failed. Other two work fine still.
Cons: One of three drives I bought slowed down to a glacial pace after about 4 months; to the point where World Community Grid would give errors that the data directory was missing.
Overall Review: I am using these as system drives for Linux Mint 12 on some old boxes in order to run WCG 24/7, which makes frequent reads/writes. The drive didn't fail and lose data but did slow to the speed of 3(!) IOP/s for the 4k write test using CrystalDiskMark. Read speeds are still fine but I'm leery of putting important stuff on it. I'd say for the abuse it's been put through, this is a good performing (although slow, in absolute terms) budget drive. If you need performance, check out the Patriot Xporter XT.
Pros: Works fine, good price, good warranty, works fine for this price range flash drive.
Overall Review: When you buy a flash drive you have to consider are you looking for a low cost or are you looking for performance. If you want the performance you will have to pay more for it. You also need to remember flash drives are not as fast as other storage. I tested this one by loading it to the max, and it took a little more than 1hr. It loaded fine so I would recommend it to anyone who would use it to store data.