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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Conclusive Thoughts

Conclusive Thoughts

Kingston DT HyperX is a quick USB drive for larger file transfers, music and video files, documents and similar operations. It’s able to surpass the mentioned performance of 20Mb/s write and 30Mb/s read speed in our tests. For very small files the flash memory interface is not optimal, the Kingston DT HyperX is not different in that aspect, scoring low in the write test at 4kb file size.

The drive design is well thought out for the most part, with hard rubber to keep it from slipping; the USB connector is nicely hidden inside the enclosure and can be slid out easily. The only downside we noticed was the aluminum blue cover which scratches easily, the drive will loose its aesthetical appeal over time.

Starting at €55 / $50 it’s certainly pricier than your average off the shelve 4Gb USB stick which can be had for €10~20. The none-HyperX DataTraveler 4Gb costs about ~€17; but it’s noticeably slower throughout the performance benchmarks.

If you’re looking for a fast and rugged USB stick the Kingston DT HyperX will make a fine choice if you can find it at a sharp price.

Madshrimps (c)

Kingston DT HyperX 4Gb
+ High Read/Write Performance
+ USB connector slides inside housing when not used
+ Sturdy design
- Higher price premium for the extra performance
- Write speeds for small transfer size (chunks) <64kb is low

We thank Madeleine and Kingston for making this review possible. Check back soon for more USB stick coverage!
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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!