What is a big fear of large corporations these days? How about a guy with a hard to detect USB flash drive that can store hundreds of gigabytes of product plans and data? It is hard to believe before flash drives became mainstream floppy disks and email attachments were the best way to transfer files from one computer to the next. These days flash drives are approaching 256GB in capacity - making running an operating system directly off the drive complete with every application you need a real possibility. The enormous capacity also means you can leave a facility with an incredible amount of data in short time.
Today we review the Kingston
DataTraveler HyperX 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive to evaluate it in terms of cost, physical size, capacity, and USB 2.0/3.0 performance. The image above shows that it looks much like any other USB flash drive, but the official product page
suggests it is much more.
The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 flash drive is a USB 3.0 rated device with three available capacities - 64, 128, and 256GB. The reviewed sample has a 64GB capacity (DTHX/64GB) but the same conclusions should follow for the 128GB (DTHX30/128GB) and 256GB models (DTHX/256GB). This review will focus on the read/write performance using synthetic benchmarks and real-world file transfers.
Features and Specifications:
» Capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
» USB 3.0 Speeds Read/Write (MB/s): 225/135
» USB 2.0 Speeds Read/Write (MB/s): 30/30
» Removable cap w/lanyard loop included
» Windows ReadyBoost™ Certified
» 5 Year Warranty
» Dimensions: 2.952" x 0.916" x 0.626" (74.99mm x 23.29mm x 15.9mm)
» Operating Temperature: 32° to 140°F (0° to 60°C)
» Storage Temperature: -4° to 185°F (-20° to 85°C)
» OS Compatibility: Win 7, Vista, XP
» 8-Channel Design Architecture
The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive is packaged in a handheld sized plastic blister pack. Inside you will find nothing more than the USB 3.0 flash drive and a small lanyard. Pictured below is a front and rear view of the packaging.