Final Thoughts & Conclusion
For a no frills USB 3.0 thumb drive, the Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini has pretty good performance in many cases, coming in well above the advertised read speed of 70MB/s and easily beating the write speed of 15MB/s. The 43¢ per gigabyte bargain price isn’t going to kill anyone’s wallet, and it’s been spotted several places at $13.99 with free or 99¢ shipping. The circumference of the drive fits the USB ports precisely, and it’s one of the smaller USB 3.0 drives we’ve looked at. The aluminum casing looks and feels pretty durable, but the key ring hole could have been a little bigger.
The Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini isn’t a speed demon, but it doesn’t sport a speed demon price tag, and represents good value in portable storage. It’s small size will be appreciated by those with space constraints, and dedicated road warriors looking for high-density, small-footprint storage.
The Bear Facts: For good, reliable, USB flash drive storage, the Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini comes at a bargain price of $13.99 and performs nicely for a drive at that price point.