Kingston DataTraveler 2000
Kingston DataTraveler 2000 is a USB drive that features USB 3.0 speeds and hardware level encryption. It's definitely intriguing, especially to the more security-inclined individuals. The DT2000 does sacrifice ease of use to a certain degree to ensure that sensitive data stored within your USB drive is for your eyes only. Here, we take a look at the trade-offs and see if the DT2000 is worth your consideration.
The DT2000 looks and functions exactly like the datAshur Pro drive by iStorage, a company that specializes in making hardware encrypted storage device in the U.K. In fact, it is basically a rebranding of the exact same product.
The design and build is a statement of quality. The drive's casing and its accompanying matching sleeve is made of durable aluminium, which gives it a sturdy feel. Once capped, the gasket at the base of the drive effectively turns the whole thing waterproof. We like the
APRIL 2016 addition of a steel wire loop at the end of the drive, as it makes it easier to hang the drive off of a keychain.
As we said at the beginning, with security comes a level of complexity. And in this case, it comes in the form of a passcode system, which is also the main feature of the drive. Although easy to use, it is not exactly intuitive. A user manual would have helped. Instead, Kingston opted to include a four-panel pictogram and a URL to the online user manual in its packaging instead. It should be note the URL took us to the product page, instead of linking us directly to the instructions. Upon unlocking, you'll find a copy of the user manual within the drive.
The two-line vertical number pad used to input the passcode onto the drive is small, but clicks with each press affirmatively. It's going to present some challenge for people with wider fingers. Nevertheless, the buttons seem resilient enough from wearing out or being damaged over time.
Apples to apples, the performance of the DT2000 is as we expect. In practice, smaller files felt like they took longer than they should during transfer, while larger files fared better. On the other hand, the DT2000 is no ordinary apple. It is encrypted and built for security after all, so a little slowdown is acceptable.
Waterproof and dustproof
Certified to IP57 ratingt
USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)
AT A GLANCE
Our test shows results that are close to the rated speeds, but only on sequential data.