Kingston HyperX USB 3.0 64GB DataTraveler Flash Drive Review (DTHX30/64GB)

Testing


 

Kingston DataTraveler ATTO

Kinston DataTraveler Crystal Benchmark

We used two different benchmarks, ATTO and CrystalDiskMark to measure the compressible and incompressible transfer performance of the HyperX USB 3.0 DataTraveler drive.  The HyperX was not only very fast with a USB 3.0 but it exceeded thet speeds Kingston specifies by a healthy margin.  Nearly 250 MB/s read speeds are fantastic, and will make short work out of the potentially large transfers with the 64GB of available storage.  Writing at nearly 150 MB/s is also great, so if you're dragging and dropping to and from a flash drive alot, you might owe it to yourself to save some time with a speedy drive.  As with any USB flash device, sequential performance is by far the best, and small file transfer sizes take a huge speed hit.  All told, with both compressible, incompressible, and mixes of random and non-random data, the story was the same, it's fast.

 

Final Thoughts


This HyperX drive from Kingston has the kind of results that are undeniable.  With speed that exceeds what they advertise on the packing, a rugged anodized aluminum exterior that can survive whatever you throw at it and keeps it the drive cool, and a sleek look that will make you proud to wear it around your neck, this drive is a great choice for anyone that needs large capacities on-the-go.  In terms of price this drive is on the high end, but a high end product is destined to be more expensive.  The 64GB version of the flash drive can be found online for around $100 while other drives of the same capacity are going for about $25 less.  Today, you can get a 120GB SSD with a 2.5-inch passport-sized enclosure for around the same price, but they do not have the convenience-factor that the HyperX DataTraveler has to offer, but would be a valid alternative for high-capacity needs.

 

Kingston Data Traveler USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive

 

The long downside here, other than the $100 price tag, is that it's bulkiness blocks adjacent USB slots, which may be problematic in some situations.  If you are looking for a top quality product that has great transfer speeds, a rugged exterior that is sure to last for as long as you will need it, and the portability and capacities that the current world is demanding, the HyperX USB 3.0 DataTraveler by Kingston is the flash drive for you.  

 

The Good

  • Good looks
  • Rugged/Durable Design
  • USB 3.0 speeds exceeded Kingston's specs, it's fast indeed
  • Metal enclosure alleviates heat
  • Large Capacities
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The Bad

  • Bulkier than the average drive and blocks neighboring ports
  • No great way to keep the cap with the drive during use
  • Premium price for high capacities in convenient flash drive form-factor ~$100

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