Kingston Launches Second Generation of USB 3.0 Flash Drives


As computers slowly begin to adopt USB 3.0 and improve the uptake of the standard, we’re seeing the increase of USB 3.0 peripherals. Most external USB based hard drives now sport USB 3.0 support while the majority of USB drives still remain USB 2.0.

This has presented an opportunity for companies wanting to capture an yet untapped market. Even though USB 3.0 is only now getting uptake in the OEM markets (enthusiasts have had USB 3.0 for years), there is a strong belief that it will see huge growth in the next year. As such, Kingston has been improving their USB 3.0 lineup and increasing the amount of more affordable USB 3.0 devices. Kingston is one of the leading makers of USB drives in the world and as they begin to shift more and more towards USB 3.0 we will see more and more companies release similar devices further saturating the market.

Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 Flash drive comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity
Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 Flash drive comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity

This leads us to Kingston?s announcement of their new DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 which is simply the second generation of their USB 3.0 flash drives. This drive will still be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 (as are almost all USB 3.0 devices) and will sport 3 different capacities ranging from 16GB up to 64GB with 32GB sitting in between.

The real factors that make this drive a winner are the read and write speeds as the drive is capable of 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write, backed by a 5 year warranty. The only thing is that, this is unfortunately not the fastest drive on the market but it also means that it won?t be the most expensive either. Currently, there is no pricing available for this drive, but we will let you know once we get one in our labs for a review. Some competitors, like SuperTalent already have drives that can do 300MB/s reads, but those are going to be cost prohibitively expensive and generally hard to find. They do have some more reasonable drives, but those claim 125MB/s speeds.

We hope to get the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 in our hands soon and take a stab at seeing its real world performance.