Kingston DataTraveler R500 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
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With the prices of storage products taking a plunge worldwide and with data sizes increasing each day that goes by it is no wonder as to why people have been turning to large capacity USB/eSATA flash drives for their portable storage needs. However many people don't only care about having a high capacity flash drive with them but they also want a product capable of taking quite a beating without losing their data in the process and that’s where rugged flash drives like the DATATRAVELER R500 by Kingston come in.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader. Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success. Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
Due to our large roundup a year ago and generally because of all our flash drive reviews we have covered quite a few of the rugged body flash drives available in the market and so today we are the first to take a look at the latest 64GB Kingston offering which is also something we haven't seen by them, at least not for quite some time now. The DT R500 features USB2.0 connectivity so you can't really expect blazing fast speeds, however since the highest capacity model is 64GB i guess even USB2.0 is enough (not that USB3.0 would be a bad thing). The rugged body of the DT R500 provides shock resistance but after testing it in water we also found it to be water resistant at least inside a glass of water.