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3.0 out of 5 stars Good drive with a bad cover design, March 8, 2011
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This review is from: Kingston Digital 8GB DataTraveler 101 G2 USB 2.0 Drive - Red (DT101G2/8GBZ) (Personal Computers)
I have a collection of USB thumb drives and use them for a wide range of activities. I transport files, use them as a portable work environment, install portable apps, encrypt them with passwords, transport files from one network to another, use them to boot, ReadyBoost, and run an entire OS - things most consumers will never likely care about.

Because I use them so often, it's hard to get excited over a new USB drive unless it has something new or innovative about the design. I'm not excited about this drive. I had an immediate positive reaction to a USB drive with a similar design concept: a small footprint drive with a swinging metal shield. But where the PNY Micro Swivel Attache perfected the swivel design in a tiny 4GB drive, and the HP v115w Flash Drive did the same in a 16GB model, the Datatraveler made a larger, less elegant cover that can hardly be given that name.

It is a good drive, in that it's an excellent price and performs well. There is an activity light that flashes as the drive is being accessed. I don't use the Kingston app, but instead installed PortableApps on it, which works like a charm. But the cover is about useless, providing little if any protection if you were to place the drive in a briefcase, backpack, pocket or drawer. It's loose and swings freely, never staying in place and offering virtually no protection. If you plug this thing in, and hardly ever remove it, except to plug it right in to another computer, then this is probably not going to trouble you. If you wear your USB on a lanyard, it will also not be too much of an issue, since the lanyard will attach at the cap, and gravity will keep it in place.

The price is excellent, but if you need a more rugged drive that travels well, get one that has a better fitting cover design.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2011 6:06:13 PM PDT
Steven says:
Which drive is superior to this for the price point?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2011 10:12:22 AM PDT
Teahouse Fox says:
At the time of original review, the price per GB was comparable across all three drives I mentioned. But now? As long as the cover functionality is unimportant to you, this drive is ridiculously cheap at the moment, and I would go for it.

I still have mine, it still works perfectly. I just never take it out of the computer except to stick it into another computer and transfer files where there is no network access between the two. I just don't carry it around with me like I do the PNY model I compared it to. It would get too messed up on my travels.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2011 9:15:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011 1:38:48 PM PST
GameMaster Q says:
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Posted on Dec 16, 2011 6:52:28 PM PST
Eric Emert says:
Rugged survivability is my MAIN concern - what do you recommend within a reasonable price range? Plastic key ring loops and caps that get lost are not allowed.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:29:36 PM PST
Teahouse Fox says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:48:43 PM PST
Teahouse Fox says:
I agree on the caps - hate them.

If they aren't attached or integrated in some way, you might just as well toss them and save yourself the trouble. If you're looking for survivability over speed, the PNY micro swivels are all metal construction. They are not the fastest things, and tend to not be high capacity. I also suspect my gender is being pandered to: they come in what might be termed 'girly' colors. Tough as nails though. If I could get them in 16 - 32GB I'd buy more in a heartbeat, but they seem to stop at 8GB capacities. Disappointing.

The Silicon Power drives are faster in some models, but some of them are all plastic, while some have a metal housing. No caps - slide outs mostly. The included lanyards are weak and meant to look stylish - don't rely on the stock lanyard. I've replaced mine. Very small form factor, but good capacities available (16GB, metal, for about $25). The 32GB I reviewed is plastic all through (and expensive) and I am skeptical how it will stand up to use in the long run.

The Sony click vault had to be the slowest USB thumb drive I've owned, but sturdy and no cap to get lost.

The San Disk Cruzers look like a good candidate - I've never owned one though. Reasonable prices, and fair sized capacities in a larger slide out model.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:23:30 AM PST
Bekeleven says:
Patriot Xporter XT models are almost as cheap, very fast (for 2.0) transfer speeds, and mine have gone through the wash multiple times, traveled around the world and in one instance been pulled entirely out of the casing but still function.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 6:57:41 AM PDT
Thank you. Your comment help me a great deal.

Anthony Sr.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 8:10:05 PM PDT
plug not says:
Based on the date of your review, you may have the generation 1 model. I have about six of these things, various sizes, all gen 2, and the caps are secure - they do not swivel freely on mine, so the protection is there for contact. However, I will say that, even with the cap in place, there IS room for crumbs, dust, or moisture to get into the usb connector. I don't know how other brands compare in that respect...but don't scuba with one of these! Otherwise, your issue seems to have been addressed in gen 2, if mine are representative.
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