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Kingston DataTraveler Mini 128 GB USB 3.0 Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. ATTO and CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  4. Transfer Tests
  5. Conclusion
  6. Online Purchase Links
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Kingston DataTraveler Mini provides large storage space in a thin form factor. The DTMini USB 3.0 is a capless flash drive with an aluminium housing with a lanyard/keychain loop on the other end. The drive is with a five-year warranty, which is great considering most cost-effective drives are usually with a three-year warranty.

The colour variants that DT Mini comes in are cyan, red and grey, all with a five-year warranty.

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The DTM30 has four storage variants- 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and the 128 GB. Kingston states that the 16 GB provides sequential read up to 70 MB/s and Sequential Write speed up to 10 MB/s. The 32 GB to 128 GB variant has sequential read of up to 70 MB/s and sequential write of up to 15 MB/s. We’ll test with different file types and size to see how much this holds much. But it’s obvious that Kingston made these to be a low-cost solution, possible for those who would have more read specific tasks than write specific tasks.

Examples are countless, running media files from the USB drives in multiple types of systems- PC, notebooks- even USB media players in vehicles. The thin form factor makes it easier to ‘blend in’ compared to casing with bulkier designs. The only drawback I can see at this point is that the colour on the casing does come off after plugging and re-plugging just a few times.

Drive Properties

The Kingston DataTraveler Mini formatted drive gives you 117 GB of usable space.

The system that I am using is to test most of the hardware. The same operating system, choice of USB 3.0 port (specific rear I/O port) version of benchmark software and the testing method is maintained throughout the graph.

Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Pro
Processor+ Cooler Intel i7 4790k + Noctua NH-U12S
Motherboard Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT
RAM 8GB Kingston DDR3 HyperX
Primary Storage 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD
Secondary Storage 3TB WD Red WD30EFRX
Power Supply Corsair TX750
PC Case Lian Li A70F

The testing methods are as follows:

ATTO Benchmark v2.46

CrystalDisk Benchmark 5.0.2 x64

Transfer File Tests:

  • 98.3GB Assorted video files folder transfer
  • 11.3GB ISO file transfer
  • 1.33GB Assorted image transfer
  • 1.28GB ZIP file transfer

Drive Format: exFAT

ATTO Benchmark

CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark

I wouldn’t recommend transferring non-compressed and/or large file unless you can afford to wait. The drive is much slower than a much older Kingston DT Ultimate 32GB.

While this wouldn’t be great for people who want great write-specific performance, this should be good enough to access many media types from the drive. To be fair, this drive is more like a successor DT109 which uses a plastic casing and DTMicro with a cap. The form factor is thinner and slimmer than SanDisk’s generic flash devices. A five-year warranty is appreciated.  Just clip this on a lanyard or a keychain to avoid losing it.

  • Slim form factor
  • Aluminium design
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Write-Specific performance
  • Uncompressed files transfer speed for a USB 3.0

DT Mini 16GB

India US UK France
Rs. 675/- $22.99 £7.99 EUR 7.83

DT Mini 32GB

India US UK France
Rs. 1,120/- $94.99 £8.93 EUR 13.99

DTMini 64GB

India US UK France
Rs. 1,949/- $176.36 NA EUR 58.84

DTMini 128GB

India US UK France
NA $195.28 NA NA

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