Kingston 256GB DataTraveler Flash Drive
Bigger is sometimes better, and ironically, smaller can be as well. As we’ve seen today, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds: higher storage capacity in a smallform factor for a flash drive. Portability and durability are two qualities necessary for a flash drive, but we’ve seen that performance can be questionable at times for some products.
With so many choices in the USB flash drive market, finding one that has hardware-based data protection and security is an important consideration for many people. The Kingston DataTraveler 310 is one such drive that manages to offer just that with easy-to-use software that has some robust and straightforward features to likely suit most consumer needs. In truth, the software is more "setup" than actual "usage" and thus makes it even easier.
The performance results here are a bit of a mixed bag, with the Read speeds showing some respectable numbers, but the Write speeds simply cannot match any performance-class USB flash drive. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem since the tradeoff is you get the security features here instead. However, if you need the 256GB capacity and plan on using much of that, then you had better find something else to do while writing large amounts of data to this flash drive. However, on the other hand, if you have the need for 256GB of storage capacity in a very smallform factor, then chances are your primary concern isn’t write speeds anyways.
Further, with USB 3.0 starting to gain some popularity in the marketplace and featuring speeds many, many times faster than USB 2.0, we do question the wisdom of spending a small fortune on a niche drive that likely isn’t far off from a speed upgrade? Nonetheless, it is assumed this drive is targeted more to corporate clients who require capacity and security, not blistering speeds.
Retailing for about $1000 USD, the Kingston 256GB DataTraveler 310 is probably the most expensive, insanely-high capacity and outrageous USB flash drive on the market. And that’s exactly part of the reason we love it; there’s something to be said about having one of the most badass and expensive pieces of storage hardware on the planet fit onto your keychain. It may not be the fastest USB flash drive on the market, but it does offer extreme high capacity storage and comes with some essential security protection. It’s certainly enough to satisfy a niche market of consumers who are concerned about protecting their data and privacy and need to fit a massive amount of data into a very compact and utterly portable format.
Kingston 256GB DataTraveler 310
Our thanks go to Kingston for providing the DataTraveler 310 for this review.