Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 4GB USB Stick Review

Storage/Other by jmke @ 2008-05-27

We take a closer look at the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB stick, testing performance and durability in this article which is first in a series. Can this supercharged USB stick serve as a portable HDD, available in sizes up to 8Gb there definitely is potential.

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Introduction & Specs


Kingston is the world number one supplier of DDR2 memory to customers, if you have an OEM laptop or desktop, chances are that you got Kingston memory inside.

Their extensive experience with memory modules serves them well when designed new products and today we test their latest none memory module, which is still related to memory products: an USB stick.

The Kingston DataTraveler was first introduced a while ago with different sizes available (1/2/4Gb), they have now updated the capacity and the speed of the device and called it the DataTraveler HyperX. The same tag used for the enthusiast memory modules. Can it live up to its name?

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The retail packaging has little info on the front, but what’s there to be seen is straight to the point, you get a free trail code for World of Warcraft on the USB stick, you can see that the size is 4Gb and internal testing by Kingston has the drive performing 20Mb/s write and 30Mb/s read speed. You also get 5 year warranty for this USB stick. The rear of the package details system compatibility and lists the features in multiple languages.


From their product page we gathered the following details on the DT HyperX:

  • Capacities – 2GB, 4GB, 8GB
  • Dimensions – 2.76 x 0.88 x 0.44 (70.0mm x 22.4mm x 11.3mm)
  • Fast – data transfer rates of up to 30MB/sec. read and 20MB/sec. write
  • Enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost on Vista-based systems (USB 2.0 required)
  • Operating Temperature – 32° to 140° F (0° to 60° C)
  • Storage Temperature – -4° to 185° F (-20° to 85° C)
  • Guaranteed – five-year warranty

  • Let’s take a closer look at the stick ->
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    Comment from Rutar @ 2009/04/24
    I got one today because Corsair RMA is too slow replacing my flash Voyager that died.

    The speed and the feel of it is very good, Corsair just lost a customer and a promoter due to their RMA.
    Comment from jmke @ 2009/04/24
    and it's quite durable too!