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Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C Introduction:
Kingston has long been in the world of memory related devices from DRAM to Solid State Drives, PCIE storage and something we all take for granted: the thumb drive or flash drive. These small devices make it easy to transfer files without the need to carry around a disk and carrier, or as the capacities continue to increase, a full size portable storage drive for your data. For years we have been used to the Type A USB connection as we transitioned through USB 2.0 & 3.0 devices, and now with the influx of USB 3.1 devices using a Type C connector, we need something that we can use in place of our trusty flash drives. Much of the new tech arriving has become thinner meaning the standard Type A connection is going to be a bit thick for the application. Now we get relegated to using a pair of drives depending on the device we want to use.
Kingston has come up with the solution in its Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C line. With this little gem, we get both Type A and Type C connectivity on the same drive. Available in capacities from 16GB to 64GB, Kingston hits the most used capacities for the user base. Rated to perform at up to 100Mb/s reads and up to 15Mb/s writes, this drive should allow for relatively fast data transfers. Let's take a look at the drive, then follow up with some testing to see if it does indeed meet the performance ratings.
Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C Closer Look:
Kingston's Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C thumb drive comes in a retail package that would hang from a post in any of your normal sourcing locations for your computer hardware. The front side of the package shows that this flash drive supports USB 3.1 with both Type A and Type C connectivity. As you might catch from the name, this is a small drive in size, but still packs 32GB worth of working capacity with read performance of up to 100Mb/s and write performance of up to 15MB/s. The back of the package shows off the compatibility with the most common operating systems for both USB3.1 and USB 2.0 modes. The information packet includes further information on the warranty and a small lanyard is included as a way to keep track of the Data Traveler drive due to its small size.
The picture does not illustrate the scale of the drive, but to say it mildly, this drive is small; measuring just 29.94mm from the end of the rotating cover over the Type C USB 3.1 connection point to the end of the Type A USB 3.1 connection. Kingston put this drive together to hep the end user with file sharing at a more user friendly rate rather than using an online or cloud storage option. This is mainly for storage limited applications like tablets, cell phones, and some of the latest thin laptops. This drive can be used with either that Type A connection or the Type C connection by flipping up the protective cover. A handy lanyard is included and mounts to a bracket on the underside of this small drive to make losing it less of a problem.
Flash drives are an every day use item that has improved how we transfer files. Speed is always the item that drags us back down to earth. Let's see how this little drive from Kingston performs.