Page 8 – Conclusion
In a day and age of security being big in the spotlight, it is good to know that Kingston is doing something to keep personal data safe. All in all, Kingston does quite a bit of stuff right in the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB. Its 256-bit AES hardware encryption stops nosy people getting access to your data, along with a self-destruct option after ten incorrect attempts at the password to add to your peace of mind. Antivirus protection from ESET is light on resources, and works as it should. However, much to everyone's surprise, the best thing about this drive is its performance. The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB proved to be no slouch in our benchmarks. Sequential read and write speeds rival the speedy ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB recently reviewed here at APH Networks, and as a whole, this encrypted drive consistently ranks near the top on the charts. As for small file performance, this drive delivers unmatched performance. It even boasts impressive IOPS numbers that are second to none to other previously reviewed USB 3.0 drives. The DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 has the combination of speed and security; something quite rarely found in tandem. On the other hand, Kingston’s latest secure USB drive also comes with one or two faults; the biggest being its physical build. While sturdy enough for everyday office environment, the plastic shell is still prone to being damaged. Aesthetically speaking, this drive will not win any Red Dot Awards with its relatively bulky body. I would recommend Kingston to make the entire drive out of aluminum, or some other kind of metal. Even if it adds some weight to the drive, this will reinforce the entire structure, while making for a sleeker design. In conclusion, I would say that Kingston has proved Obama incorrect. For once, we see a product with full security and privacy, while having zero inconveniences or compromises in performance. At the time of publication, the 32GB model with antivirus protection has an MSRP of $140, but the 4GB model -- the one businesses are more interested in -- begin at a very reasonable price of $40. While this is slightly pricey, I would say for everything the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB does, its price is well justified.
Kingston provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Recommended Award | APH Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that aren't likely going to matter to the end user.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 8.0/10
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.
The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB is a speedy encrypted USB drive -- a combination that does not happen often. And as an added bonus, the NSA probably will not be able to track this drive anytime soon.
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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 184.108.40.206
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60