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Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 16GB USB2.0 Flash Drive Review

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:56 PM


Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 16GB USB2.0 Flash Drive Review

In many of my flash drive reviews I have mentioned that USB flash
drives are so common these days that they are literally being given
away to us and it is only once we move above the 16GB marker and over
to USB3.0 compatible drives that we start to see the price rise up
along with the performance. The basic recipe for a flash drive has
barely changed – if at all in many years and this is simply a USB
plug mounted on to a small PCB with a controller and some flash
storage on the other end. Apart from the advances in performance,
capacity and the maturity to the USB3.0 platform – a flash drive has
always been a flash drive, but this has started to change as we are
now seeing a new breed of flash drive come on to the market that is
targeted for the mobile user as opposed to just the desktop and
notebook user.

This new type of USB standard is called USB On-The-Go or USB-OTG for
short. With mobile devices now becoming more integral in our lives,
the need to have more storage to hand is greater than ever. For a
couple of years now we have seen wireless hard drives flowing of the
shelves and whilst they offer up a simple solution for expanding your
storage capacity, they are not exactly small and they are not
necessarily the cheapest way to solve the problem. An alternative
solution to expand the storage capacity on a number of devices is to
insert a microSD card, but once again this is not always possible with
many products not having microSD card readers on them. Across every
mobile device however there is one option that is available to work
with – USB.

MicroUSB is virtually standard on every mobile device that one can
get today and with the Android OS now as feature rich as ever, support
for the next generation of USB storage is starting to be rolled out,
giving users a hassle free way of accessing their data on the go. The
DataTraveler microDuo that I'm looking at today is Kingston's first
native USB-OTG flash drive and this support is provided through a
microUSB port on one end of the drive whilst a full-sized USB jack on
the other end allows the drive to be used in the traditional manner in
a desktop or notebook system.



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