Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 8GB Review

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by Kevin O’Brien

The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 8GB USB flash drive is the fastest USB memory device in the Kingston lineup. This drive comes in a switchblade style form factor for easy transport, and fits right into your pocket or bag to carry a slew of digital media while away from your home or office.

DataTraveler HyperX 8GB drive specifications:

  • Capacities- 2GB, 4GB, 8GB
  • Dimensions – 2.76 x 0.88 x 0.44"
  • Fast – data transfer rates of 30MB/sec. read and 20MB/sec. write
  • Enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost on Vista-based systems
  • Operating Temperature – 32° to 140° F
  • Storage Temperature – -4° to 185° F
  • Simple – just plug into a USB port
  • Guaranteed – five-year warranty

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The HyperX USB flash drive has a switchblade style design, that lets the USB connector retract into the body during transport. This removes the need for any caps that could get lost, and overall I feel gives a better appearance. The release switch to pop out the male USB connector is the black slider located on the side of the body that is protected by 2 raised bars on each side. To extend the USB plug, you press the switch down and slide the switch forward until it locks open. To retract it, you press it in again, and slide it back to its resting position.

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The body has a combination of aluminum and rubberized plastic. It is very easy to hold, and the rubberized texture makes it almost non-slip, so it is easy to carry even under demanding situations. The metal section of the body helps add to flash drives rigidity, and combines to give it a really rugged feel.

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The only downside I can find with the flash drive’s design is the thickness of it that prevents using it next to other devices on close proximity USB ports. If you always find yourself filling up every single port on your computer, you may want to pick up a little 1-3" USB extension cable for this flash drive.


Listed compatibility on the HyperX USB flash drive has almost all modern operating systems working with the drive.

Compatibility Table

Operating System File Transfer
Windows Vista Yes
Windows XP Yes
Windows 2000 SP4 Yes
Mac OS 10.2.x and above Yes
Linux 2.6 and above Yes



This drive performed quite well under all my testing, and was probably held back by the USB interface before it reached the limits of the flash chips. For my tests, I used the standard disk drive benchmarks, including ATTO, HDTune, and HDTach.

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HDTune performance benchmark. (view large image)

HDTach performance benchmark. (view large image)


For demanding consumers looking to get the best bang out of a USB memory stick, the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX line might be worth looking at. While it does carry a hefty price, you are getting flash memory that fully saturates the USB bus during file transfers. As a drive for storing images, movie files, game backups, whatever… it has a use almost anywhere.


  • Really fast
  • Durable and rugged design
  • Rubberized grip lets you hold onto it while running away from things


  • Pricey



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