Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review (DTLPG2/16GB)





 Setup is a cinch. Just plug in the drive, select a language, accept the software license agreement, set a 6-16 character password that meets the complexity criteria, add some contact info, and you're done. The last feature is particularly nice in case a good samaritan happens upon your lost drive and wishes to return it. It may be wise to take advantage of the password hint, as the drive will automatically wipe its contents after 10 failed attempts. Hardware-level encryption also means that cracking the drive open and attacking the circuitry directly won't do a would-be data theif any good either. 




We see similar results between both ATTO and CrystalDiskMark for speed testing, and numbers that are typical for USB 2.0 performance.  We'd love to see this drive in a USB 3.0 version, but the silver lining might be that often the sensitive files we carry around are fairly small in size, so it's likely the speeds may not be all that important.  For a USB 2.0 drive though, no gripes with both the read and write transfer speeds.


Final Thoughts


The sturdy metal casing of Kingston's DataTraveler Locker+ G2 gives that weighty feeling of security on the outside which houses supportive security software on the inside.  When you think of encrypted data, the first thing that might come to your mind is that it's difficult to setup, control, and maintain.  The beauty is that you can enable encryption on sensitive data with setup that takes mere minutes with the Locker+ G2, and the software even enables the drive to be returned.  The hardware-level encryption also prevents the physcial drive components from being brute-forced to give up your precious data, so Kingston seems to have covered all of the bases to keep your data safe.

The transfer speeds and overall performance aren't anything to write home about, and a par for the course as far as USB 2.0 drives are concerned.  We'd bet that most of the files are text documents and images that you're trying to keep safe, and so the transfer speeds may not be of utomost performance.  For around $25 for a 16GB stick which will keep your proprietary data safe, the bottom line is that Kingston's DataTraveler Locker+ G2 does everything you'd want it to in a simple and straightforward fashion, and won't punch a big hole in your wallet.


The Good


The Bad

  • Weighty, durable metal casing
  • Super easy setup
  • Hardware-level encryption
  • Lanyard loop
  • Good value
  • Allows storage of contact info
  • No USB 3.0 version


Did we miss something or have you found any inaccuracies?  Suggestions and corrections can be sent by commenting below or the "Contact" button at the top of the page.  Your feedback helps us improve!


You have no rights to post comments


# M.Tkadlec 2013-02-25 00:43
the main failure of the sw Locker+ is that the only input is a keybord, not virtual keybord via mouse; this would be much safer against loggers or voice recognition of the password typed via keybord