- Product: Kingston Data Traveller SE9 with Premium Metal Casing
- Manufacturer: Kingston
- Amazon price: $8.95
- Rating: 4/5
The product comes in fairly dull cardboard ‘blister’ packaging which we slashed open with a Spyderco bug. Easy enough to get to, and then straight into the recycle bin.
The drive is actually smaller than we expected, which is nice. It feels very sturdy, looks classy, and the large ring will make it easy to attach to a keyring. Looking good!
Performance & Features
It’s pretty stiff to insert a USB port, and I worried slightly for the well-being of my PC. But it’s one of those things where you have to bite the bullet, ram the stick into the bowels of your computer and hope for the best. Still, it is not an entirely comfortable process, perhaps because the whole drive forms the USB port, without the sticky-out connector of most drives.
Once detected, you’ll have 14.8GB of space. If you’re expecting 16GB, then you’ve fallen for the marketer’s trick of using base 10 instead of base 2 to count available space. A quick speed test gave a read of 19MB/s and write of 9MB/s – not going to set anyone’s world alight, but serviceable enough for day to day use.
A quick download of Ubuntu and a run-through with Linux Live USB creator and you’ll have an instant PC-in-your-pocket. if you choose ‘persistence’ during the install and all your files and settings will be saved. The whole shebang left 12.9GB of space left on the drive from (14.8GB when first inserted).
It fits very easily onto a keyring, where it’s likely to go totally unnoticed until you need to use it. It’s going to get bashed about, but we reckon it’s going to give as good as it gets.
This is a very reasonable priced, sturdy and reliable drive. If you can get over the sometimes slightly worrying process of inserting it into your computer, then you can’t go wrong. It may be unremarkable, but it will give you several gigs of space when you may need it most, and if you follow our lead, then you have a portable operating system in your pocket, ready to fire up whenever you need it. We say: buy one.
Want to know something specific about the SE9? Shout at us in the comments, and we’ll whip out our drive and get right back to you!