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Kingston Data Traveller 300 256GB review

Enormous storage in your pocket for a hefty price

Our Verdict

If this drive was a lot cheaper then we could see the appeal but at the cost per gigabyte ratio this is one best left for the more money than sense crowd

For

  • Mega storage capacity

Against

  • Bit slow in comparison to smaller drives
  • Super expensive

Awesome. The Kingston Data Traveller 300 has 256 whole gigabytes of storage in a tiny form factor.

I remember back in the early days of computing when a 256MB hard drive cost £400 and a goat.

But now you can pick up a 500GB portable hard drive for £50. The goat is happy.

At £500, it's really good value, IF YOU'RE BILL BLOODY GATES. If you don't happen to be the head of Microsoft, it's probably quite a lot of cash to be spending on a USB drive. You could buy 256 individual 1GB drives for about £100.

We can see the appeal, though, and if the price comes down a bit (actually, a LOT) it might be worth investing in. If you're one of those poncy media types who HAS to have high-definition media files or giant bitmaps with you at all times, it might be worth it.

But, then again, I've never met a poncy media type who doesn't own a manbag with more than enough space for a cheapo portable drive.

It's not like it's even a particularly good drive. Copying a 750MB file took far longer than it did to our Sandisk Cruzer drive, which means copying a 256GB file could potentially take days.

The chunky USB-hogging design is annoying too. But then, if you're investing £500 in a USB drive, you can probably afford a gold-plated USB hub hand crafted by virgins in Tahiti.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Drive
Product FamilyDataTraveler
Brand NameKingston
Storage Capacity256 GB
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Height16.5 mm
Width22.4 mm
Form FactorExternal
Length70.6 mm
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product ModelDT300/256GB
Product Name256GB DataTraveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Product LineDataTraveler
Manufacturer Part NumberDT300/256GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kingston.com
Marketing Information

256GB DataTraveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive offers fast speeds so you can spend less time copying and transferring files. Its fast data access means you can play high-quality movies directly from the drive or quickly copy data to a host device. 256GB DataTraveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive is perfect for those who need significant storage capacity and data protection in a lightweight, durable design. With a retractable USB connector, the DataTraveler 300 is ideal for home or business.

Limited Warranty5 Year