Average Bench: 5.49% (559th of 639)

Based on 962 user benchmarks.  Devices: VID 0951 PID 1689, VID 0930 PID 6545, VID 0930 PID 6544 Model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9

USB 2.0 is old tech, so in terms of performance this drive is less than half as fast as its USB 3.0 counterparts. Interestingly the 4K write speed is reasonable at 0.4 MBps. If you plan to move a lot of data to and from the drive you will be much better off with one of the faster USB 3.0 drives. That said, the SE9 has a beautiful form factor and is both rock solid and relatively light making it ideal for use on a keyring. [Nov '12 USBFlashPro]

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Poor: 4%Average: 5.49% Great: 7%

Terrible average bench

The Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB averaged 94.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 4.74MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.3MB/s

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB is just 3.65%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 4.38MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 18.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 962 samples)
Min Avg Max
14.9 Read 18.2 22.3
2.33 Write 8.61 18.3
2.5 Mixed 8.66 17
2.47 SusWrite 4.38 6.6
11.7% 9.96 MB/s
Min Avg Max
2.37 4K Read 4.74 7.15
0 4K Write 0.17 0.8
0 4K Mixed 0.3 1.2
33.6% 1.74 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
11GB free, PID 1689
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.9 4.5 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.8 MB/s
Read 19.1
Write 11.5
Mixed 14
SusWrite 5.5
16% 12.5 MB/s
4K Read 5.3
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 1.4
98% 2.53 MB/s
14GB free, PID 6545
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 6.7 3.4 4 4.1 4.1 4.7 MB/s
Read 16.5
Write 11
Mixed 16
SusWrite 4.5
15% 12 MB/s
4K Read 3.7
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 1
72% 1.8 MB/s
2GB free, PID 1689
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5 3.4 2 4 3.1 3.4 MB/s
Read 16.2
Write 9
Mixed 7
SusWrite 3.4
10% 8.9 MB/s
4K Read 4.6
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 1.2
82% 2.17 MB/s
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 Comments

Convenient, small and capless for easy transportability...

Specs

  • Durable metal casing with sturdy ring
  • Capacities 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
  • Dimensions 1.535" x 0.486" x 0.179" (39mm x 12mm x 4mm)
Added 6 years ago.

Liked

2 years ago.

Comment 

Very small, robust nice metal body. Unfortunately one of the slowest drives I know.—Apr '15


Excellent

21 months ago.

Comment 

Very well made: small and strong so ideal for keyrings—Oct '14


Terrible

4 months ago.

Beautyful design but it is too slow and old to use. USB 2.0 is out dated.


Good

2 years ago.

Very nice. Now. It's new. In future? Who know. It's funktion.


Disliked

2 years ago.

Comment 

Bad quality, case too large to fit standard USB ports without a hammer.—Oct '14


Terrible

6 years ago.

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Good

6 years ago.

This drive is great to look at but if speed is important to you then it would make more sense to go for a USB 3.0 speed drive, they are far faster.


Average

6 years ago.

The SE9 is stylish, well made and less than £10. You won't go far wrong if you like the way it looks. If speed is important to you steer well clear of this and go for one of the more recent and significantly faster USB 3.0 alternatives.


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