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Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive Review

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Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive Conclusion: 

As I stated when I reviewed the DataTraveler 2000, I am a big proponent and user of encrypted drives even for personal use, as you never know what someone might do if they got ahold of your personal data. While there are some apps out there that can encrypt data, they are not as secure against cracking and vulnerabilities as a hardware-encrypted drive is. Security aside, when it came to performance, I was blown away. I have used the Aegis Secure Key for a long time and the DataTraveler 2000 for the last month, and I was impressed by their speeds until now. I really thought that the software-based security, even though the encryption is hardware-based, would cut into the speeds affecting the overall transfers, but boy was I wrong. The DataTraveler 4000 G2 was a monster with some impressive read speeds and write speeds that were faster than their advertised speeds. For transferring large files, this drive would be a dream come true. The security was very easy to set up and a breeze to use; I did not experience any issues. While not as versatile as the pin-based systems like the Aegis Secure Key 3.0 and the DataTraveler 2000, it was easy to employ and I never had any usage issues. Furthermore, having the FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Compliance means I can use this drive in my work environment without breaking any protocols.

My only real gripes about the DataTraveler 4000 G2 are some purely personal gripes. First, the maximum size at the time of this review is 64GB, and while that is a decent size, considering we have some drives in the terabyte range, it would have been nice to see either a 128GB or 256GB variant; especially for the high price tag of $264.00 for the 64GB version. Also, the software-based protection is a bit outdated, which I felt the DT2000 did a great job of addressing and the DT4000 G2 seems like a step backwards. Ii would have been nice to see the DT4000 G2 version a step above the DT2000 with the same pin-based design, but with FIPS certification and larger sizes with enterprise management controls. Even with those nitpicks, this is a killer encrypted drive and if you want to keep your work or personal data safe, I feel that the DataTraveler 4000 G2 is at the top of a very short list of impressive encrypted drives.

 

Pros:

  • Very fast transfer speeds with USB 3.0 beating out the competition
  • Hardware-based AES-XTS encryption
  • Compatibly with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, depending on versions
  • Durable and lightweight design
  • Security lock-down feature protecting sensitive data after ten failed attempts
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Compliant

 

Cons:

  • Limited to 64GB max size
  • Not able to be used on non-supported OS like the DT2000
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  4. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: Testing
  5. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: Conslusion
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