Page 8 – Conclusion
The answer to the question posed in the introduction is not a clear cut response. Kingston is once again good at making the DataTraveler microDuo 32GB into a slim, small, but solid USB flash drive. The sleek and subtle looks are very nice, and the entire item just feels very solidly built. While I would not go stomping on the drive to test its durability, this small item can definitely take a few drops without worry of breaking anything. The cap on the Micro USB is also very well implemented to allow users to not accidentally expose the small end, but the cap is also easy to intentionally remove without fear of breaking. The frosted look on the cap is also a very subtle but good design choice. On the other hand, we have the actual performance of the device. Of course, it works quite well in any OTG-capable Android device, but there are a few things I should note. For one, the Micro USB end is quite loose, and a slight tug would easily pop the DataTraveler microDuo out of place. The actual performance of the drive also leaves quite a bit to be desired. But before I make my judgment, I have to remind you of the whole purpose of the drive. For one, it is meant to be a way to expand your Android device storage temporarily, or to quickly share files between your peers. As most Android devices only have USB 2.0, there really is no need to have a USB 3.0 interface until more manufacturers place these inputs on their devices. Thus the speed thing, while nice to have, is not a killer. Android usage with my devices prove to be a seamless experience. If you really are looking for a speed demon of a flash drive, I would definitely recommend you to not even consider any OTG drive, as that is not their purpose. Looking at the current market price at press time, this tiny product can be had for as low as $15 USD. Of course now if you really did want the speed and the OTG capabilities, you could also wait for the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 to go on sale. I can only hope that they have not changed much with the design, because this microDuo is superb in every way, except for speed.
Kingston provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Review Focus Summary:
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.0/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
If you are looking for some temporary storage relief, or you want to share your selfies without the NSA watching you, the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 32GB is a great, budget-friendly choice.
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1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 18.104.22.168
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60