Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 32GB USB3 review

Posted 31 May 2012 10:28 CEST by Antonis Sapanidis

Real world tests.

One thing is clear, using benchmarks is only one way to determine the maximum performance of your drive, however things are different during real use. With these tests I will try to cover some of the everyday use that this drive will undergo. That includes copying & pasting from an HDD to the flash drive and vice versa. One other thing that is also very important is its compatibility.


This is a simple test, I will simply plug the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 in various machines, two PC’s, a laptop, a netbook, one mini Hi-Fi, a media player and two TV’s. So let’s see if the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 flash drive works on all these machines.



PC1 P55 Chipset

PC2 Z68 Chipset

Toshiba A300-1MT

Compaq Mini110

Sony  CMT-BX5 Micro Hi-Fi

Xtreamer Media Player

LG M2362D

Samsung LE32C450

Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0









As we can see there weren’t any compatibility issues. Also the flash drive was tested on two different Kenwood car stereos and again it worked fine.


Copy & Paste tests

This is the most common task that you are likely to perform, copying files from one destination to another. To measure the time for this test, I used a stopwatch. There are three tests that I will run, first I will copy pictures, then music and finally one MKV movie. The source will be the OS SSD on my computer, and then I will copy them from the Kingston DatatTraveler Elite 3.0 to the SSD.

Let’s start our test by copying 2,56GB of pictures.

Now let’s see the performance when it comes to copying 1.36GB of MP3 files.

I finish our test by copying an MKV movie and the file that contained the subtitles, the size was 3.46GB.

As we can clearly see from these three simple tests the drive shows the same great performance not only with benchmarks, but most importantly it gives an excellent performance when it comes to real life use.



  • Great performance
  • Sliding mechanism
  • Stylish three colour design
  • Five year warranty
  • Low price


  • None


Time to finish this review, and again I am left with only positive things to say about the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0, starting with the low price, £38 on Amazon, and €45 in local shops in Greece. The five year warranty is also something that worth taking into consideration, along with the 70MB/Sec Read and the impressive 35MB/Sec Write speeds that we got during our tests.

There aren’t many times that I am completely satisfied with something. This is one of the few times that I can’t complain about anything. Low price, great performance and a five year warranty. Kingston is showing how to make an outstanding USB3 flash drive. Therefore I give the 'Outstanding' and the 'Editor's Choice' awards.

Thanks to:

EFD Software for providing the fully licensed versions of HD Tune Pro

You may comment on this review below.


Retired Editor, Reviewer & Senior Moderator
Posted on: 01 Jun 12 04:12
A very nice drive, I have the Kingston DT Ultimate 32GB. It performs also very good, the speeds are pretty similar to the ones of the DT Elite which you have reviewed but it 's by far not so stylish.

Thank for the review, the device is defenitely worth to buy.
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MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Jun 12 05:09
Nice speeds for a flash drive even on USB 2.0. But the warranty is no surprise to me, every drive I've looked at while shopping around lately has 5 years. I've had these things die on me, even a Kingston once but I think in general most of them last.
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MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 06 Mar 13 21:22
I find that the kingston brand are at the top of the heap. I have a data traveler 410 (16Gb) and a couple of DT R500 64Gb drives which allowed me to download a 37 Gb file. I have USB2 and it's fast enough for me.
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MyCE Member
Posted on: 11 Mar 13 19:23
@ HD Tune Pro results

The result is almost identical to the FAT32 file system, however there are some strange spikes on the beginning.

Again the result is pretty much the same. So I can say that there isn’t any benefit between the two file systems.
Well, HD Tune "Benchmark" Tab is just a low level benchmark, so the Filesystem does not effect the results. You do not Bench the Partition/Filesystem itself.
You can also Bench the device without any Partition on it.
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New Member
Posted on: 20 Sep 13 12:33
I have also Kingston
This is very nice travler USB for data transfer
Thanks for nice sharing on Kingston
I like brand of Kingston..
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