Kingston DataTraveler microDuo - featured

Review: Kingston DataTraveler microDuo – A Dual Interface USB Memory Stick

Kingston is a recognised name in memory products, so I’m always interested when they release a new product, particularly one that is different from traditional ones.

The DataTraveler microDuo is exactly that, a traditional USB memory stick, but one that supports both a regular USB connection and a microUSB connector typically found on Android smartphones and tablets.

The drive looks like a small form factor USB drive, barely protruding from a desktop or latop when connected. At the othe rend is a plastic cover, that can be slid through 90° to expose a microUSB connector, which connects to the same storage unit as the full USB connector.

Kingston DataTraveler microDuo - packaging

This gives the microDuo two great uses.

Easy transfer of data

How many times do you wish you had a document of presentation that’s on your laptop on your smartphone or tablet? plan in advance and its a straight forward process, but need it when you’re travelling and its a different matter. You typically need some sort of data connection, or Bluetooth which can be tricky to get working cross platforms. And what if its a large file? A 50MB presentation is going to take a long time to send up to the cloud and back down again.

With the microDuo you can simply connect it to your laptop, copy the file over, turn it round and connect it your your tablet, and copy the file over again. Done!

Kingston DataTraveler microDuo - close up

Expandable Storage

More and more smartphones are coming without expandable storage. The latest Nexus 5, the HTC One, none of them can be expanded past the on board storage amount,and with large screens they’re fantastic for watching television and movies on.

The microDuo solves this problem for you, with up to 64GB of storage for music and video content, all available when needed simply by plugging it in. Watching a movie stored on external storage makes hardly any difference to battery consumption, so is better than the WiFi connected storage drives I’ve seen, and a whole lot easier. Also, it requires no radio’s to be on, so can be used safely on flights or any other location where you would have no data connection and services like Netflix are a non-starter.

Kingston DataTraveler microDuo - open showing microusb

The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a USB2.0 device, required as hardly any tablets are supporting USB3.0 yet, and is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB capacities. Amazingly it’s also smaller than most single port USB sticks, measuring only 27.63mm x 16.46mm x 8.56mm.

There’s no premium for the dual support either, prices start at around £5 for the 8GB model, £10 for 16GB and £13 for 32GB (based on Amazon prices at time of writing).

In Summary

The only negative I could find on the DataTraveler microDuo is the exposed main USB port, which could collect dust and dirt over time, possibly requiring cleaning out. The microUSB connector is covered however, and I imagine a system that covered both ends would be difficult to implement without making it removable, at which point you’re most likely ti lose it, like I do!

Overall the microDuo is an excellent update to traditional USB drives, and unless you specifically want a USB3.0 compatible drive, it should be your next purchase for any USB storage, even if you don’t need it straight away, you’re covered for the future.


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