Published on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 22:07
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I doubt there's a person out there who has never owned a USB flash drive (some girls i know haven't but you get my point) but lately with Tablets and large smartphones getting for good in our lives things have changed quite a bit. The reason is that conventional/standard USB flash drives can't be easily used (you can always purchase an adapter) with smartphones and tablets so if you happen to own one and you want to use it to its full extend getting one of the latest OTG (On the Go) models is obviously your best way out. Unfortunately until recently most OTG USB flash drives featured USB 2.0 compatible ports which were not ideal for copying large files and that at least to us was a large problem. USB 3.0 compatible OTG USB flash drives are now available however and the first one to land in our hands is the DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 64GB model by our friends over at Kingston.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, India, Taiwan, China, and Latin America.
The original microDuo line of OTG USB flash drives featured a tiny design combined with the usual full size USB connector and a micro USB connector which allowed you for direct connection with smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately however it was only USB 2.0 compatible so if you wanted to transfer a large amount of data onto it from your primary system you'd have to wait quite a while for that to happen. Well since to my knowledge most if not all smartphones and tablets don't support USB 3.0 (Microsoft Surface Pro/2/3 and Dell Venue 11 Pro excluded) it does make some sense that manufacturers didn't want to go there from the get go. Still just because an OTG USB flash drive is designed for use with smartphones and tablets that shouldn't mean you can't use it as a regular USB flash drive and that's why adding USB 3.0 compatibility was only a matter of time.