Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C Pen Drive Review

Submitted by Jason Singh on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 03:53

Introduction

The product in question for review is the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C. The selling point of this product lies mainly in the fact that it is a combination of both USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectors. We usually see such devices with support for Android and iOS. However, this pen drive extends its support to Windows as well. USB Type-C is an improvement over USB Type-A and seems to be rather promising. The only downside to Type-C as of now is the few number of devices which support this type of connection. Type-C can support a USB standard of 3.1 which is theoretically rated for a maximum bandwidth of 10Gbps when compared to USB 3.0’s maximum limit of 5Gbps.

Type-C promises faster overall transfers. The USB standard used by it ensures backward compatibility. However, the physical connector itself isn’t backwards compatible, given the different pin layout and shape of the connector. This means you can’t insert a USB device into the smaller Type-C connector and you can’t connect a Type-C connector into a Type-A port. The future seems optimistic and who knows, we might even see Apple making use of the USB Type-C connector one day.

The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is available in three variants, depending upon the storage capacity. The pen drive is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. We received the 32GB pen drive from Kingston for review. The DataTraveler microDuo 3C boasts of substantially high read and write speeds and is sold via many ecommerce websites for a price of around Rs 1,400, depending upon the ecommerce website. If you’re wondering about warranty, the Kingston 3C has a warranty coverage of 5 years.

 

Product Showcase

The packaging of the Kingston pen drive was rather good. The device itself was held firmly and safely. A few details, including the key features and capacity of the pen drive is mentioned on the packaging itself.

The small size factor plays well in favour of the Kingston 3C pen drive as portability isn’t going to be an issue. The plastic shell covers and protects the Type-C connector when not in use. The pen drive itself uses a metal cover which seems to be the norm for quite a lot of pen drives these days. The top of the pen drive lists the exact model as well as the storage capacity.

 

 

 

 

Features and Specifications

  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
  • Speed2: USB 3.13
    • 16GB: 100MB/s read, 10MB/s write
    • 32GB & 64GB: 100MB/s read, 15MB/s write
  • Dimensions : 29.94mm x 16.60mm x 8.44mm
  • Operating Temperature : 0°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature : -20°C to 85°C
  • Warranty/Support : Five-year warranty with free technical support

 

DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash Drive

Part Number

Capacity

DTDUO3C/16GB

DataTraveler microDuo 3C 16GB

DTDUO3C/32GB

DataTraveler microDuo 3C 32GB

DTDUO3C/64GB

DataTraveler microDuo 3C 64GB

 

Operating System

USB 3.0/3.13

USB 2.0

Windows®  8.1

Yes

Yes

Windows® 8

Yes

Yes

Windows® 7 (SP1)

Yes

Yes

Windows Vista® (SP2)

Yes

Yes

Mac OS X v.10.7.x+

Yes

Yes

Linux v.2.6.x +

Yes

Yes

Chrome

Yes

Yes

 

Testing and Performance

We first tested the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C with USB 3.0 and were pretty impressed with the speed of the file transfers. Since it’s only a pen drive, incomprehensible data won’t be taken into consideration as that might be expecting way too much out of such a small and inexpensive device when compared to other devices like SSDs for which the transfer speed of incomprehensible data matters. Rather than testing synthetic benchmarks, the real world performance of the Kingston 3C was tested. The pen drive was able to maintain a more or less consistent speed of close to 20MB/s when transferring a 1GB file. The read speed over USB 3.0 was close to 50MB/s.

We even ran the same file transfer using a USB 2.0 port to see if there was a difference. The read and write speed resulting from this wasn’t much slower but the difference was noticeable when transferring files to the pen drive. The write speed achieved over USB 2.0 was 14MB/s while the read speed was 42MB/s. We must mention that this is quite a deal better than most other generic USB pen drives which typically yield a much slower transfer rate of just 10MB/s over USB 3.0.

When it comes to the USB-C performance, we were quite happy as the pen drive did maintain the mentioned speeds. What was more impressive was its ability to sustain those speeds. We achieved a write speed of 105MB/s and a read speed of 22MB/s. 

 

Conclusion

Kingston seems to have taken advantage of this latest technology and is quite ahead of many other companies manufacturing similar products. What we valued was the form factor and performance of the Kingston 3C pen drive. Kingston has been able to combine the two into a perfect package. A small downside to this pen drive might be the cost but given that it supports the latest technology, we’re willing to let that slide. 

 

A special thanks to Kingston (Facebook) for providing us with the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C, without which this review would not have been possible.

 

Design- 9/10

Features- 9.5/10

Performance- 9/10

Value- 8/10

 

Final Verdict- 8.8/10

 

We decided to award the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C with a Silver Award!

                                                    

                                                                            More Information about our awards can be found here

 

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