A sleek and secure USB drive, the DataTraveler's integrated keypad and top-of-the-line encryption make it a wise choice for businesses and individuals looking to keep sensitive data safe.
Military-grade encryption, brute force protection, well-built, easy to use
Expensive, middling transfer speeds
Size: 16GB, 32GB
Encryption: 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard
Keypad: 10-key alphanumerical
Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, OS X 10.8 and later, Linux 2.6 and later, Chrome OS and Android
Kingston's stated transfer speeds on the 16GB model, which we tested, are 120MBps read and 20MBps write on USB 3.0, and 30MBps read and 20MBps write on USB 2.0. The 32GB model is said to be slightly quicker, reaching 135MBps read speed on USB 3.0.
USBDeview's speed test tool showed average speeds of 104.73MBps read and 20.63MBps write on a USB 3.0 port, and 29.44MBps read and 18.84MBps write on USB 2.0. With the exception of the USB 3.0 read speed, these are admirably close to the advertised capabilities.
Still, these are decent, but not spectacular, speeds; premium USB drives like the Lexar JumpDrive P20 are easily capable of breaking 200MBps read, whereas the DataTraveler 2000 is no faster than many £10 sticks. That's not to say it's slow - it isn't - but it's clear that Kingston has paid much more attention to security than speed.
Another nod towards the mid-range comes in the form of the size options: 16GB and 32GB. Both are fine for temporary transfers or backing up individual files, although since the DataTraveler 2000 needs to run an encryption engine, random number generator and so on, the security features do have a moderate impact on the maximum capacity. On our 16GB drive, for instance, we had 14.4GB of available space out of the box. It's safe to say that the 32GB loses a similar amount.
This is, in all fairness, more of a heads-up than a criticism. Even on the smaller drive, 1.6GB isn't much of a price to pay for the knowledge that your data is safe from prying eyes in the event of loss or theft, at least not compared with the actual monetary price.
The DataTraveler 2000 is expensive as far as removable storage goes, but no more so than other security-focused sticks like the Aegis Secure Key and, yes, the iStorage datAshur.
Besides, such costs are much easier to swallow when the DataTraveler 2000 contains no serious flaws, and benefits from high-end encryption that works exactly as it should: behind the scenes and controlled by a simple interface that anyone can use. A rebranding exercise? Perhaps, but also a highly capable product.