Kingston Cranks Up The Speed On DataTraveler 410 USB Flash Drive

When it comes to Kingston, you can bank on it being about one of two things: new memory or new flash drives. Today, we're taking a peek at the latter, with Kingston Technology taking the opportunity to increase read and write speeds on its DataTraveler 410 USB flash drive.

Shipping in capacities up to 32GB, the drive can now support 20MB/sec. read and write rates--a move that follows a recent speed bump of the higher capacities (16- and 32GB) of Kingston’s consumer-level DataTraveler I, DataTraveler 101 and DataTraveler 112 drives to read and write speeds of 10MB/sec. Oddly, there's no word on the technical reasons behind the change, and this definitely doesn't have anything to do with USB 3.0. Speaking of USB 3.0--we can't wait to see a SuperSpeed flash drive. We'll go ahead and surmise that it'll blow even the enhanced version of this drive right out of the water, but until the standard becomes widespread, it's USB 2.0 or bust for now.

DataTraveler 410 Product Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities1: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
  • Dimensions: 2.58" x 0.71" x 0.41" (65.76mm x 17.98mm x 10.7mm)
  • Fast2: data transfer rates of up to 20MB/sec. read and 20MB/sec. write
  • Operating Temperature: 32º F to 140º F (0º C to 60º C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4º F to 185º F (-20º C to 85º C)
  • Simple: just plug into a USB port
  • Practical: capless swivel design protects USB connector; no cap to lose
  • Guaranteed: five-year warranty
  • Safeguarded3: includes SecureTraveler security software for Windows
  • Enhanced4: for Windows ReadyBoost™ on Vista-based systems