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Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

As one of the top manufacturers of USB flash drives, it's no surprise that Kingston offers a wide variety of USB flash drives under their DataTraveler label. Not only do they have a ton of choices for the discerning consumer, they also have some exotic options like ultra-encrypted USB flash drives for the enterprise and government market, and new USB 3.0 drives for early tech adopters.

Today, we are going to take a look at Kingston's latest USB 3.0 flash drive targeted at the value market - the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 (DTE30). One can think of it as the economical version of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 (DTU30) and the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen. 2. Here are the DataTraveler Elite 3.0's key features :

Tri-Coloured - White, black and graphite. (Not sure why this is a "feature" though...)

Convenient - Capless design with slider.

Customizable - Co-logo program available (Not important to end-users. It just means the DataTraveler Elite 3.0 might appear with non-Kingston logos).

Guaranteed - With a 5-year warranty, and free technical support.

Kingston currently offers the DataTraveler Elite 3.0 in capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. We only received a 16 GB sample (the DTE30/16GB), so its performance may vary with its larger capacity brothers. With that in mind, let's take a look at the 16 GB Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 and see how it racks up against a slew of other USB flash drives!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Review

Comprehensive Review

Model

• DTE30/16GB

Formatted Capacity

• 16 GB

Interface

• USB 3.0
• Backward compatible with USB 2.0

Rated Performance (USB 3.0)

• 70 MB/s (read)
• 30 MB/s (write)

Rated Performance (USB 2.0)

• 30 MB/s (read)
• 25 MB/s (write)

Dimensions

• 69.05 mm (2.72") long
• 21.6 mm (0.85") wide
• 11.1 mm (0.44") thick

Operating Temperature

• 0 °C to 60 °C
• 32 °F to 140 °F

Storage Temperature

• -20 °C to 85 °C
• -4 °F to 185 °F

Warranty

• 5 Years Limited Warranty

 

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