Kingston DataTraveler microDuo Review

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Want a single USB drive that you can access with your tablet, phone, and PC? Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo fits the bill.

It can be used to easily transfer files between disparate devices, or serve as a repository of files that can be quickly accessed from a range of computers.

Build & Design

Unlike virtually all other thumbdrives, this one includes both a full-size USB jack and a micro-USB one, so it can be used in a wide variety of computers. Eject it from one device and insert it in another to easily move files between the two. Or load it up with videos from a PC and then play them on a tablet.

Kingston DataTraveler microDuoKingston makes versions with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of capacity, so buyers should consider how much storage they’ll need long-term before making their purchase.

The DataTraveler microDuo is very small — not much bigger than its two jacks. A bit of extra bulk comes from a removable cover designed to protect the slender microUSB jack from damage. Still, those who purchase this accessory should keep a careful eye on it, as it’s so small it could be easily lost. Fortunately, Kingston includes a small lanyard so it can be attached to a keychain.

Performance

The DataTraveler microDuo is compatible with any tablet, PC, or laptop running Windows or OS X. It can be used with Android tablets and phones that support USB On-The-Go (OTG). No iPad has a standard USB slot, so users of Apple tablets will need to turn to other options, like the PhotoFast i-FlashDrive.

Kingston DataTraveler microDuoKingston’s accessory supports USB 2.0, so data isn’t transferred as quickly as with USB 3.0 drives — the newer standard is about three times faster than the older one in real-world use. That said, there are no USB 3.0 drives with both full-size and micro-USB jacks, so this can’t be taken as much of a strike against this product.

Conclusion

Clearly, the DataTraveler microDuo is performing the same job as cloud storage services like Dropbox, but Kingston’s product has some advantages over online storage. It’s more secure for one, as, no third-party company has access to the files stored on this thumbdrive.

In addition, files never have to be transferred over cellular wireless networks, so they don’t ever count against the user’s monthly data allotment.

List prices for this accessory range from $9 to $60 depending on capacity, but it can be found online for much less. For example, the 8GB version is going for as little as $6. At that price, it’s a no-brainer for those looking for a way to quickly transfer large files between devices.

People who want to easily, securely, and inexpensively access a collection of files from a PC, laptop, tablet, and/or phone should consider the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo.


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