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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2

*Est. $70 for 32 GB
Reviewed
May 2012
by ConsumerSearch

Pros
  • USB 3.0 speeds
  • Good compromise between price and speed
  • Variety of midrange storage sizes
Cons
  • Slower write speeds
  • Bulky case
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The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive was the fastest drive in Kingston's lineup until the HyperX came along, and it still performs admirably on a variety of review sites' benchmark tests. Reviewers find the Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 faster, easier to use and physically cooler to operate than the previous generation of thumb drives in this series.

The speedy read times on the DT Ultimate G2 are offset by slightly slower write times, especially for transfers involving thousands of small files, a design choice Kingston has made on a number of its high-speed USB flash drives, reviewers say.

Professional reviewers from a variety of sites weigh in on the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2, including PCMag.com, LegitReviews.com, CravingTech.com and an 11-page (!) report from HiTechLegion.com. About 20 consumers on Amazon.com give it a positive rating.

Where To Buy
Kingston Digital DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 64 GB Flash Drive DTU30G2/64GB

 
Buy new: $213.00   1 New from $59.95

 

Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

PCMag.com reviews the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive, awarding it a Very Good 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewer Brian Westover praises the USB 3.0 transfer speeds, the thicker design that might save on bumps and bruises, and the capacity. Downsides include higher temperatures when running, the lose-able cap, crowding of nearby USB devices and a slightly higher price tag.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (32GB), Brian Westover, Feb. 28, 2012

2. LegitReviews.com

LegitReviews.com cautions buyers of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive to be sure they're actually getting the Generation 2 model, as denoted by the model number beginning with "DTU30G2." The site's benchmark testing showed the drive at or better than its claimed speeds, which it rates as excellent. They award the drive an Editor's Choice designation.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen 2 32GB Flash Drive Review, Nathan Kirsch, Aug. 2, 2011

3. CravingTech.com

Michael Aulia of CravingTech.com puts the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive through its paces in this summary review, subjecting it to a variety of speed tests. Its performance is better than the original version, and he likes the memory size and speed of the drive. It's a bit bulky, he warns, and other than a slight speed increase, nothing has changed since the last version of the drive.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 Review, Michael Aulia, June 27, 2011

4. CDRLabs.com

CDRLabs.com tests the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive with a variety of speed benchmarks, finding the USB 3.0 speed to be excellent and its speed on a USB 2.0 port to still be good. The DT Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 has a bulky case that can partially obstruct nearby USB ports, the site notes. The review also notes the price, which was higher than current estimates.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 USB Flash Drive, Editors of CDRLabs.com, June 13, 2011

5. TechARP.com

In this undated review, the editors of TechARP.com test the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2. This review site is annoying to read, thanks to a multitude of active and passive ads, but the review does one test that most sites don't: temperature. TechARP.com tests using an infrared thermometer, a stopwatch and the results from several other drives, finding the drive is much cooler than the earlier model, performing in an average range. The temperature varies, but drops considerably if the drive is used with a USB 2.0 port. Benchmarks show the drive is speedy, and the site gives it a Reviewer's Choice Award.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen.2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Editors of TechARP.com

6. Techgage.com

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 scores well in this review from TechGage.com's Rob Williams, earning an Editor's Choice. The USB flash drive is very speedy for transferring larger files, Williams notes, but lags on transferring thousands of smaller ones -- to the point that the earlier generation model may actually be faster for that type of operation. That said, most people will enjoy the faster speeds, he writes.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 32GB Review, Rob Williams, Aug. 5, 2011

7. HardwareBistro.com

HardwareBistro.com updates an existing review of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 USB flash drive with the new statistics, test scores and user experience for the Generation 2 (G2) version, awarding the newer drive 4.5 out of 5 stars. Sections on the new drive are helpfully color-coded, making it easy to skip to the sections comparing the performance of the two. The G2 is much faster than the original, earning a Hardware Bistro Gold Award.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler UItimate 3.0 G2, Editors of HardwareBistro.com, July 18, 2011

8. eTeknix.com

The U.K. site eTeknix.com reviews the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive, finding it speedy and a "fantastic value." They like the ability to put the cap on the end of the drive while in use, though they find the design a bit chunky.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 32GB USB Flash Drive Review, Andy Ruffell, Aug. 3, 2011

9. HiTechLegion.com

HiTechLegion.com finds the thick housing on the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive pleasing, complimenting the way it adds to the drive's durability. In this incredibly detailed review, the site puts the thumb drive through a variety of tests, concluding that its performance is "excellent in all aspects." The site found it easy to use, though its price may be steep for casual users. They give the Kingston DT Ultimate 3.0 Gen2 a Gold designation.

Review: Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, George Cella, July 24, 2011

10. Amazon.com

More than 20 reviewers award the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 USB flash drive an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars, with the vast majority awarding a perfect 5-star rating. Customers praise its speed and ease of use, noting that while it does get warm during extended data transfers, it's not alarming. Those with complaints noted the slower write speeds, large casing that can interfere with nearby USB devices and periodic pauses to be recognized by the host computer.

Review: Kingston Digital DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 16 GB Flash Drive DTU30G2/16GB, Contributors to Amazon.com

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