8.1
Score

Pros

  • Solid Build
  • Water and Shock Resistant
  • Stable Storage
  • Huge Capacity for a Small Form Factor
  • Good Write and Read Speed

Cons

  • Costs a pretty penny

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a small, compact and a huge capacity storage - look no further. You can grab yourself the Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 with a 128GB configuration around RM 200.

If you noticed, we recently started checking out some of the consumer storage solutions. Last round, it was the Transcend StoreJet External Hard Drive – which you can read about it here. This time we are looking at another storage solution which is a lot more conventional. It’s also in everyone’s pocket or bag. USB Drives. It also goes by many names – Thumb drive, Pen Drives and whatever you like to call it. So, the folks over at Kingston sent us their DataTraveler Elite G2 USB Drive. Not just that, this thing has a whopping 128GB storage in it. The question now – is it worth getting one? Find out more in this Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 128GB USB Review.

Design and Build Quality

1/8

In terms of design, it rather has a conventional USB Drive design and nothing fancy going around. The top part where you find the “DTEG2” printed is curved and has a textured pattern design going around. What I like about this is that the texture adds a better grip when I want to plug in/out of my Laptop or my PC with no issue. On the back, there’s no such texture. You’ll also find the CE Mark embedded into the body itself.

As for the build quality, the Elite G2 is constructed in Metal and it has some heft to it. To be specific, it is a durable Zinc alloy die-cast metal casing. It feels like a mini solid piece of metal which I like. Not only that, as it’s a metal enclosure, the USB Drive can take a beat and last for a longer time. Also, don’t worry – it’s even water resistant (if the cap is close, that is). The paint job on the USB Drive is impressive. Considering the fact that it’s a petite little thing – the finishing on this thing is absolute perfection. The printed words on it is good and sharp. Doesn’t have a cheap finish at all.

In terms of portability, we are indeed talking about a USB Drive – so, you could just slip it into the tiniest compartment in your bag and not worry about any space getting occupied. In fact, it even has its own lanyard hole at the bottom which is unusually huge, but you can just clip your lanyard into it with no problem as well. Convenient indeed.

Specification and Configuration

The Kingston Datatraveler Elite G2 comes in three different capacities – 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. In terms of speed and compatibility, it supports up to USB 3.1 Gen 1 (which is also called USB 3.0) with 5GB/s transfer rate. Yes, it does have backwards compatibility – so don’t worry about that.

The 32GB Variant has a transfer speed of 180MB/s Read and 50MB/s Write. The 64GB and 128GB on the other hand has the same read speed but a higher 70MB/s write speed. In out case, Kingston sent us the 128GB Variant- so our test will be based on that.

Performance

We tested the Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 under two different condition:

  • The Usual Benchmark test with CrystalDiskMark
  • A Real-life transfer speed and duration

Benchmark

We did the benchmark on CrystalDisk Mark and as we have two different laptops where one has a USB 3.1 Gen 1 and another one with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 – we tested on both the ports just to see if there’s any difference.

Starting off with the USB 3.1 Gen 1 – with 5GB/s capability. The speeds were relatively pretty much around the numbers Kingston claims, if not better. Starting off with the Sequential Read on Q32T1 – the drive scored a Read speed of 190.7 MB/s and a write speed of 84.61 MB/s. It’s roughly 10MB/s more than the speed they listed – which is good.

Then we tested on a USB 3.1 Gen 2 – which has a 10GB/s capability. The results for both the read and write is interesting. The Read speed on Sequential Q32T1 has increased and now at 242.3 MB/s – which is 50+ MB/s higher than the previous. The Write speed has also increased to 94.79 MB/s. Once again, impressive.

Real life Transfer

For this test, we used our exported video library which is 19GB in size to and from the USB Drive itself.

First, we transferred the file from our Laptop over to the DataTraveler Elite G2. We noticed that the speed writing into the USB Drive, is pretty much expected and fast. In about 3 minutes and 30 seconds, it transfers the whole 19GB worth of videos with no issue. It maintains it’s transfer speeds around 80 to 90 MB/s speed mark. In the second test, where we transferred the file from the USB drive to our Laptop which has a PCIe NVMe SSD – transfer speed was quick. It took about a minute to transfer all the 19GB back into the HDD.

For a petite USB Drive, it is surprisingly fast.

Conclusion

Now on to the conclusion. The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 is indeed one good USB Drive. I love the build quality and the performance with this is solid. Having the option to carry a 128GB storage in the palm of my hand makes my life a whole lot convenient. I carry my HDD all the time with me and most of the time, when I export and transfer my data on the go – it can be a bit of a mess. Having a USB Drive that’s the same height as your keys or your keychain makes it a lot convenient to bring it along – be it to have movies, tons of music or even your files. Or just save your whole steam library on this – Just sayin.

As for the pricing, it does cost you a wee bit much – around RM 200. If you are someone who prefers a huge storage, faster transfer speed and small, you’d definitely appreciate this.

You can get the Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 128GB at authorized Kingston stores. In fact, you can get it online. We have links down to the Official Kingston Online Stores and some of the trusted and authentic sellers we know.

We at The Adventures of Vesper recommend the Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 128GB to our Readers. Thanks to the kind and wonderful folks at Kingston for sending this over to us.

Stores: 11Street | LazMall (Lazada Official) | Option 3 | Option 4

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