Review: Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DTLPG3)

Posted January 27, 2014 by Tom Li in Reviews

Keepin’ it Secure

kingston-datatraveler-locker-plus-g3-usb3-flash-drive-custom-pc-review-1Whether it be pictures of your Friday night escapade, scans of your tax records, or your company’s secret next generation product design, the flash drive has become one of the most common methods of taking your data on the go.

Unfortunately, one thing we seem to overlook is data security. While flash drives have become quite convenient for taking lots of sensitive data on the go, it’s also extremely easy to lose, which is bad news for those who sometimes tend to be forgetful.

This is why today we’ll be reviewing the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 16GB. As you may expect from the name, the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is designed specifically for those carrying sensitive data. While many of us use TrueCrypt or similar software specifically to encrypt sensitive data, the benefit of having something like the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is that it uses hardware based encryption so that it doesn’t require the use of the host system’s resources.

This of course means better performance and better ease of use as well.

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 8GB Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 16GB Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 32GB
Capacity 8GB 16GB 32GB
Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Max Seq. Read 80MB/s 135MB/s 135MB/s
Max Seq. Write 10MB/s 20MB/s 40MB/s
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years

The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is the third generation of the DataTraveler Locker+ series. The G2 edition used the older USB 2.0 interface, which means its max performance topped out at only 10MB/s reads and 5MB/s writes. With the new G3 edition of the DataTraveler Locker+, we’re now able to hit a maximum of 135MB/s reads and 40MB/s writes on the 32GB edition however, today we’ll be reviewing the 16GB edition, so we’ll be looking at around 135MB/s reads and 20MB/s writes.

About the Author

Tom Li

Tom is a computer engineering student with a passion for computer hardware and technology. In his downtime, he enjoys gaming, playing guitar, and photography.