DataTraveler Reader Review

The best thing about Kingston’s DataTraveler Reader (available in 1GB and 2GB versions, with a 4GB version coming soon) is that it isn’t just a flash memory stick. The Reader also conceals a handy memory card reader so you don’t need to carry a camera cable or separate card reader. This is a great addition, although in our tests we found that accessing the SD card was a bit hit and miss – it worked with some SD cards and not others.

Because of the card reader the drive is bulky and this means on a laptop you will lose the use of the ports nearby – on our MacBook Pro this meant choosing between the network cable and the power cable. Luckily the device isn’t powered, so it is possible to plug it into a USB hub or an Apple keyboard. Transfer time was a slow 14 minutes for 1GB.

OUR VERDICT

Another nifty thing about the way this device is designed is the way Kingston has guarded against loss of lid - a common problem with USB sticks. The solution is a strap that connects the lid to the device and provides an attachment for a keyring. It’s simple, but effective.

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