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Kingston DataTraveler Max 1TB Flash Drive Review

Rating: 8.0.

Kingston's latest addition to its DataTraveler series of USB flash drives is the DataTraveler Max, a high-performance drive using a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C interface and 3D TLC NAND. Priced at £135 for the 1TB model reviewed here, let's see if this drive is worth the cash.

The DataTraveler Max is available (at the time of writing) in three capacities; 256GB, 512GB and the 1TB flagship model we are reviewing here. The DataTraveler Max uses a combination of 3D TLC NAND and a Silicon Motion SM2320 controller with Kingston quoting a Sequential read speed of up to 1,000MB/s for all three drives, with writes at up to 900MB/s.

The drive doesn't come with any data encryption included but Kingston backs the DataTraveler Max with a 5-year warranty and provides a free technical support service for the drive.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 1TB.
  • NAND Components: 96-layer 3D TLC NAND.
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen2.
  • Form Factor: external.
  • NAND Controller: Silicon Motion SM2320.
  • Dimensions: 82.17 x 22.00 x 9.02 mm.
  • Drive Weight: 12g.

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