Review – Electronics : Kingston DTSE9 16GB USB drive

I am a sucker for small USB drives. My Kingston DT108 was slowly breaking part. Cover doesn’t close shut and the plastic platter holding the USB memory chip is chipped. Then, I found Kingston DTSE9 16GB USB drive on sale at a local computer shop. I just a picture online and it looked good enough.

When I got it in my hand, it was ALOT smaller than I expected. It was smaller than my pinky finger and I don’t have a big hand. The metal case is VERY strong and has no flex whatsoever. I have complete faith that this drive can take all the punishments on my keyring with all the keys. And the nice big round keyhole makes it easy to attach it to a keyring.

When sticking it into a USB port, it was a very tight fit. I have to use more force than I normally would with other USB drives, but I don’t think I am doing any damage. Like all other USB drives, it was recognized by my computer, necessary files were installed and it was ready. I formatted it right away, so I don’t know if Kingston’s “urDrive” was on the drive or not, but you won’t miss it anyways.

Using USBDeview, I ran a speed test. Strangely, I got  :
Write speed : 11-12 MB/sec
Read speed : 17 MB/sec
on my old work computer (Win XP, AMD Sempron 3200+, 2GB RAM).
But, on my laptop (Thinkpad X220, Win 7, i5-2520, 8GB RAM), I only got :
Write speed : 7-8 MB/sec
Read speed : 17 MB/sec

I don’t know if that was due to the laptop being on battery and not getting full power to drive the data into USB. I will test again with power adapter connected.

Anyways, this is significantly slower than DT108(16.36 MB/Sec, 25.26 MB/Sec). So, for now, I will use DT108 until it completely falls apart. Considering that I paid about $10 each for both drives, if I had a choice between the two, I would probably go for DT108, even though DTSE9 might last longer. I would probably buy something bigger/faster before either of these drives dies/breaks.

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