Design and Construction
The Kingston DataTraveler 200 is, well let’s be honest here, it feels cheap. It is light and made of what feels like thin plastic. Kingston did try to make it feel more rubberized but on closer inspection it is nothing more that plastic. The thing that makes it feel so cheap, besides the weight is the fact that it rattles when you hold it.
The offending item that rattles is the slide that protects the USB plug. As you can see this slide, while aesthetically pleasing is only wraps around the entire key in a very small portion. When the slide is retracted it is solid and does not move around when it is extended [covering the USB Plug] it has much less contact with the rest of the housing. This is what unfortunately causes the rattle.
I handed the DT-200 around to a few people and then handed an older 4GB HyperX DataTraveler and they all had the same first impression. The DT-HyperX felt like it was of better quality than the newer [and larger] DT-200.
The DT 200 has one huge feature on its side and that is simply its large capacity. Having 32 to 128GB to throw things into is very handy. You also get a nice little encryption tool that I found to be very interesting but also had its limitations.
To start with the password protection tool is designed to create a hidden, secure [Password Protection] partition on the DT-200 that you can set to whatever size you like. This is nice especially with the extra space, for our testing I placed movies, RAW Digital images and even a complete Virtual Machine on the secure partition.
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