Kingston DataTraveler 5000

The DataTraveler 5000 is part of Kingston’s ‘Enterprise/Corporate’ line of DataTraveler drives and places emphasis on data security and reliability

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Kingston DataTraveler 5000 The DataTraveler 5000 sports mellow looks compared to some of Kingston's other USB offerings
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  December 20, 2010

To ensure the drive and data remain intact even after being subjected to physical stresses Kingston has built the DataTraveler 5000 out of a titanium-coated stainless steel casing. The drive also boasts waterproof capabilities up to 1.2metres (four feet).

In hand the drive feels substantial and the casing so strong that even when we tried desperately to bend it, it exhibited no flex whatsoever. We also dunked the drive into a mug of water and found it worked perfectly when we plugged it back into our test rig.

The drive’s data encryption is easy-to-setup and took just a matter of seconds, so even novices will be able to secure their data. The drive employs 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption in XTS mode and also works with elliptic curve cryptography encryption algorithms (ECC), which meet the Suite B standards approved by the U.S. Government.

Running the drive through our benchmarks it proved secure rather than speedy; the drive took 21- and 36-seconds to complete our 238MB read and write tests respectively. Kingston’s own DataTraveler 200 managed times of 10- and 16-seconds in the same test. Moving on to our larger 1.2GB tests we noticed similar results; the drive took one minutes and three seconds and two minutes and 29 seconds to complete the read and write tests, whereas the DataTraveler 200 managed times of 45-seconds and one minute and 23 seconds.

Verdict: The DataTraveler 5000 is a secure storage device for critical data. Just don’t expect it to be a rocket sled in the performance department.

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