Kingston 4GB DataTraveler Mini Fun Review

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by Kevin O’Brien

The USB flash drive has to be one of the most popular computer accessories, with thousands of models that fit almost every design you could think of. You see some designed as switch-blades, others that are incredibly small and thin, and now we find one designed like a Lego. Kingston released the DataTraveler Mini Fun USB flash drive, ranging in sizes from 1GB to 4GB, as well as three color options depending on size.

 

The DataTraveler Mini Fun flash drive has the following features:

  • Convenient: mini-sized for easy portability
  • Stylish: available in multiple colors, based on capacity:
    • 1GB Yellow
    • 2GB Purple
    • 4GB Red
  • Fun: preloaded with two games from BigFish Studios: Sudoku and Atlantis. Games require Windows Vista/2000/XP and DirectX 8.0
  • Simple: just plug and play into a USB port
  • Functional: cap stores securely on end of device to prevent loss
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 0.75" x 0.31" (38mm x 19mm x 8mm)
  • Operating temperatures: 32° F to 140° F (0° C to 60° C)
  • Storage temperatures: -4° F to 185° F (-20° C to 85° C)
  • Compliant: designed to Hi-Speed USB 2.0 specifications
  • Guaranteed: five-year warranty
  • Compatibility: Win Vista, 2000, Win XP (SP1 and above), Mac OS 10.x, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above
  • MSRP: $61


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Design

The Kingston DT Mini Fun USB flash drive has a sleek compact shape, with Lego-like male/female connectors on the top and bottom. That said, the DT Mini Fun cannot work with Legos … which is a shame. This Lego-like design gives the USB cap a place to attach when the drive is in use, as well as letting you attach as many drives as possible in a row to impress coworkers. I figure you could get at least 20 of these flash drives connected before you would have structural stability problems.


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The bottom of the flash drive itself has a slot to hook a cord into, allowing you to secure the drive to your keychain to prevent it from being misplaced. With flash drives becoming incredibly small in this day and age, this simple feature can sometimes be overlooked.

Usability

Like the name implies, fun is mandatory with this Kingston flash drive. Two games are included on the drive itself, one being Atlantis (a colored ball matching game similar to Zuma), and the other is a Sudoku game. Both of these games require you to first install them on the computer, before you can play them, so it won’t work on locked down computers you commonly find in college labs. The games were pretty fun to kill time, and considering they were free with the drive you can’t really complain too much.


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The drive itself is very small if you don’t have the cap attached during use. When inserted into a USB slot, it only sticks out about 1cm or so. The drive is also thin enough to allow stacking of USB devices in dual port locations commonly found on notebooks or the back of desktops.

Performance

Read and write speeds were above average compared to other smaller USB flash drives we had in the office before this model. Although it was fast compared to our previous drives, it did not benchmark fast enough to qualify as a Readyboost drive for Vista. Below is an HDTune benchmark screenshot of this USB drive in action on my notebook.


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Conclusion

If you are in the market for a new USB flash drive, the Kingston DT Mini Fun flash drive is a choice worth considering. It gives you a great nostalgic touch with its Lego style design, and offers pretty good performance in a sleek package. The games included on the drive could be better (or work without installing them first), but at least they are free.

 

Pros

  • Small design, thin enough to work next to other USB devices in cramped spots
  • Fun shape

Cons

  • Not fast enough for Vista ReadyBoost


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