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Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 64GB USB 3.0 review

Rating: 9.0.

Most of us use a USB pen drive on some level or another, whether it is to keep offline document backups or to move files between work and home machines. Today we are looking at the new Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 64GB drive which is the first USB 3.0 pen drive we have tested.

USB 3.0 is the latest revision of the Universal Serial bus platform and offers greatly enhanced transfer speeds. The only real negative right now is that it has not yet been fully adopted and many people reading this will still be using a pure USB 2.0 based motherboard. In this case the Kingston Data Traveler drive is completely backwards compatible … so it would make a viable purchase, with future proofing in mind. This all depends on the performance levels of course as you will be paying a price premium for USB 3.0 speeds.

Kingston are making these drives in sizes of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and we are looking at the largest offering in their family which costs around £150 inc vat in the UK right now.

DTU30/16GB, DTU30/32GB, DTU30/64GB


  • Capacities – 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Requirements – system with USB 3.0 port
  • Fast – data transfer rates for USB 3.0 to 80MB/sec. read and 60MB/sec. write; USB 2.0 = 30MB/sec. read and 30MB/sec. write
  • Backwards compatible – with USB 2.0.
  • Dimensions – 2.90″ x 0.87″ x 0.63″ (73.70mm x 22.20mm x 16.10mm)
  • Operating Temperature – 32° to 140°F (0° to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature – -4° to 185°F (-20° to 85°C)
  • Simple – just plug into a USB port
  • Practical – durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Guaranteed – five-year warranty

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  1. I am sold, but not just yet, still 6 months life left in my current drive and motherboard. next time, absolutely. Hopefully they bring out USB 3 capable laptops to mainstream shortly also. its a shocking situation. Great drive from kingston.

  2. A lot of cash to part with, but in 6 months these will be half the price. looks like a great first effort from Kingston

  3. USB 3.0, it hasnt been promoted that highly, kudos to kingston for getting the ball rolling.

  4. Very nice looking drive, Never see kingston locally here though, only online.

  5. I am REALLY glad to see this review up. not because im about to go out and blow 150 quid on a flash drive, but because it is about bloody time that someone got USB 3.0 seen, and kingston deserve a pat on the back for this. The standard is a long way from becoming mainstream I fear however.

  6. I’m also glad that Kingston redesigned their enclosure for the flash drive. A lot of the flash drives I have from them look a little silly and the plastic feels really cheap. Kudos to Kingston.