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Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C Review

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Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C Conclusion:

Kingston's Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C is not going to be the fastest drive out on the market, but that is not what it is built for. It is built to provide unparalleled interoperability between many different platforms and operating systems using the USB 3.1 standard, while being backwards compatible with older USB standards. As far as performance goes, it hits all the right results and over-delivers against the rated speeds for the drive. From a functionality perspective, you will need a USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 port on your chosen device to maximize the performance potential of the drive. Available for use with Windows, Linux, Chrome, and MAC OS X devices, Kingston has the majority of the market covered with compatibility for USB 3.1/3.0 and USB 2.0 functionality. Not a bad scenario when you get down to it.

While I have looked at the 32GB drive, Kingston has this drive available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities to fit the storage needs that you may have. The flexibility of having both Type A and Type C connectivity opens up the usage model for someone in the market for a Type C storage device. If the small size worries you, the included lanyard is available to hook onto your key chain or the zipper on your bag to keep from losing it. A more robust lanyard would have been nice, but I fear the price point of the drive prohibits that from happening. There is nothing saying you cannot make one yourself though.

The flip open cover for the Type C connectivity is nice, but made the drive a little difficult to remove when used in a Type C port on an ATX form factor motherboard. That being said, it's not a game changer and it was easy to reinstall. Those with more modestly sized hands would not run into this concern, especially if you are working with a laptop computer. Overall, the drive does what it should, as I expected it to do. Current pricing for this drive from etailers is in the $17.50 range for a 32GB drive. Not overly expensive for the capacity and the overall improved compatibility and functionality you get from the device. If anything should go wrong, Kingston has you covered for five years with its warranty service.

 

Pros:

  • Connectivity
  • Size
  • Pricing
  • 5-year warranty
  • Multi-platform compatibility
  • Multi-OS compatibility

 

Cons:

  • Lanyard strength


 

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  1. Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C: Specifications & Features
  3. Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C: Setup & Results
  4. Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C: Conclusion
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