Effective Speed: Very poor (16th percentile)

The 16GB DataTraveler Mini 3.0 has a tiny form factor, manages passable read speeds and is priced aggressively. With sequential read/write speeds of 76/8.9 MB/s the DataTraveler Mini has an acceptable read speed but a very poor write speed. At 8.9 MB/s a 4.5GB DVD would take a very painful ten minutes to transfer. Small file 4K speeds are better and clocked in at 6.9/0.25 MB/s which is average for a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive. The best thing the DataTraveler Mini has going for it is its price point which is very reasonable. Overall the DataTraveler Mini 3.0 is let down by its unforgivably poor write speed which results in an effective speed rating of just 41.1 MB/s, barely above USB 2.0 levels. [Mar '14 USBFlashPro]



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USB 3.0 never looked this good....

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11 months ago.

I bought the 32GB version and copying files is real pain, it takes ages whether with big or small files .. Decided to use it with my Linux machine, formatted to Ext-4, nothing changed, still slow as my grandma.. I honestly don't think I will ever buy any DataTraveler model. This is a big letdown by Kingston. Advertising 2.0 as 3.0? Are your serious?


3 years ago.

While advertised as USB 3.0, the flash drive connector is on USB 2.0 and therefore the drive is very slow.


11 months ago.

Slow Write Speed. false advertising not a real USB 3.0, write speed it's a joke.

Very poor

4 years ago.


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