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Kingston 256GB DataTraveler Flash Drive

Posted April 21, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs







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Bigger is better, right? At least that’s how the popular saying goes. Without going down that road, we do know that some things are better when smaller. Well, why not both? Why not bigger and smaller? Say what? Well, such is the case with USB flash drives; we like them with a bigger capacity to hold data, but come in a smaller package. Indeed, the best of both worlds. And increasingly, we want our data to be safe and secure. Not much to ask for, now is it?

With the proliferation of digital data, the risk of data loss increases, and while we have many different backup solutions available, often these don’t entirely cover all our particular needs, particularly where portability is concerned. Portabilty and security is paramount these days. The ubiquitous USB flash drive comes in many designs and sizes, but data protection and password protection has not traditionally been a selling point, although we get that sense that is starting to change. But what about storage capacity? We love our data, we’re virtual pack rats, as it were these days.

Today we have something very special on the test bench that attempts to address all of those demands and concerns. Yes, it is a USB flash drive. But not just any flash drive. It’s one with password protection and comes in a 256GB format. Yes, 256GB. Extreme enough for you? Hellya.

The Kingston 256GB DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive features password protection in a small and sleek package, offering insane storage capacity in a beautifully small and portable format. Portability and extreme capacity don’t come cheap though. Hellno. But we don’t care. It’s like the old Ferrari quip: If you have to ask how much it costs, then you can’t afford it.

Let’s take this crazy little drive for a test drive and see what extreme demands and an extreme price tag get you these days in the world of portable storage.

Thanks to Kingston Technology for supplying the review sample.

Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston? Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the ?Best Companies to Work for in America? by Fortune magazine, Kingston?s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston?s success.



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