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DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Review

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Flash Drive Final Thoughts

The Kingston DataTraveler VP 3.0 is certainly an interesting product. For the average consumer the price may be discouraging, on the other hand, the features and security afforded by this device may appeal greatly to freelancers and small business owners.
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For larger organizations, Kingston offers special services for parties purchasing more than 50 units, these include company logos, and custom files/software being placed on the ROM.

DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Conclusion

The construction of the drive is reassuringly sold. It is definitely built to last; a mix of metals and hard plastics tightly assembled ensures the DTVP30AV survives minor drops and even spills. The USB connector is also very sturdy and does not exhibit any twist or wobble.

Unlike Kingston’s DT2000 which used a keypad to unlock the drive, the DT30VP is reliant upon an OS for accessing the storage. This is not necessarily a flaw, since the DTVP30AV allows for more complex passwords and is less prone to unwanted access.Otherwise, the unit performs well enough to run programs such as Eclipse, and can conveniently be essentially used as an encrypted hard disk in a virtual OS .

In typical day to day usage, the DTVP30AV performs about as well as Kingston states; reading 80MB/s and writing 250MB/s, sometimes faster. On rare occasions when the anti-virus is busy and the data is being written, the drive will get warm and the write speed drops to less than 70MB/s. When the drive is plugged in to the back of my desktop beside the rear exhausting fan, this throttling does not occur.

In terms of dollars per gigabyte, the DTVP30AV is more expensive than most SSDs. Priced at $162.99 (Amazon | Newegg) the DTVP30AV may not entice the general consumer, those interested in encrypted drives and do not require the antivirus are recommended to take a look at the cheaper standard variant.

The Kingston DTVP30AV does not disappoint; it operates at remarkable bandwidth and keeps one’s data safe from unauthorized breaches and malware. It is definitely a product to consider if you are in the market for portable, encrypted storage.

Pros: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ XTS-AES encryption
+ Robust build, waterproof
+ Impressive Performance

Cons:

– Expensive
– Unlocking drive takes a few seconds

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 10.00
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.


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