I'm a big believer of having multiple sources of data backup, from the cloud base, external and internal drives, and flash drives which by the way I have a lot of that's lying around the studio in abundance. Speaking of flash drives, I found one on Amazon that sort of peaked buying interest, that flash drive is the Kingston Digital 32GB USB 3.0 , the star of this review.
Yes I know, you wondering why didn't I purchase a flash drive that exceeds 32GB and what, no USB 3.1? I'll answer the question in so many words. As I stated before, I have many sources of data back up so there was no real need for a TB of storage, 32GB is sufficient. When it comes to flash drives don't expect videos to consume its capacity, that's left up to a the external drives which usually exceed well over 1TB. Admittedly, was not willing to pay a large sum of money for a flash drive, the USB 3.1 flash drives are rather pricey mainly because the technology is still in its infancy. I generally chose basic needs over substance.
The Kingston Digital 32GB stands out from past flash drives I've purchased, other the obvious, where it syncs and saves files, this particular flash drive is constructed handle the harsh environment. Its a rugged drive that have a reduced form factor for enhanced portability, its shrouded in rubber so yes, its able withstand the sudden shock of the drops and bumps. Don't know if I can run a car over it to see if its really resistance to any type of shock, that's a test I'm not willing to try. Not only shock proof, but this Kingston Digital flash drive can be submerge in 4 ft of water for an hour without any significant damage to its components and yes, still operate.
The design of the flash drive definitely standout being encased in a rubberize shell that looks almost like futuristic alien object. I usually judge design on how it feels in the hands, in the case of the Kingston Digital flash drive, the rubber feels somewhat cheap and flimsy, but that's just me nick picking. What's important is that the rubberize shell do its job and for the most part it does.
When it comes to operation, the Kingston Digital flash drive works to perfection. Transferring files to this flash drive was seamless and pretty fast even with the interface being USB 3.0. Lets crunch some benchmark numbers shall we, according to what Kingston advertised on Amazon, the read/write is speed 120MB/s and 45MB/s which is 8 times faster than the older standard USB 2.0. Not sure what app they used to acquire these numbers or if they tested on NFTS or FAT32 file system. Those benchmark numbers are for the sole purpose of marketing so you can't really go by what's posted on Amazon, question of legitimacy certainly comes to mind, that's why I took it upon myself to run a benchmark test using the USB Flash Speed Test app. The numbers I came up with goes as follow, the average Read speed 88.56 MB/s while average write speed 42.57 MB/s. Again, not bad for a USB 3.0 flash drive.Bench numbers and all, whether you're uploading large video files or less consuming picture files, the syncing process is pretty fast.
So we covered the design, crunch some benchmark numbers, and gave you a long winded intro on the device. The question that needs an answer is should the Kingston Digital USB 3.0 be the flash drive of your choice? The answer to question in short is yes. The flash drive has a sturdy rubberize design that's made specifically to thwart any type of water damage, absorb shock and offer some decent read/write speeds.
What will attract many to this flash drive is the reasonable price point that's listed on Amazon for just $13.49. Not bad considering years ago a 32GB flash drive would run you well over $50. But that's the nature of the business when it comes to storage devices, as capacity increases and technology improves, prices drop on the late gen devices.
This particular flash drive I would say is pretty basic in its functions as with all flash drives. But if you're the power user that needs every single piece of hardware operate in high speed, then I'd say go with USB 3.1 option as they're now plentiful.
Final Verdict: Its Buy