Switch-hitting USB drive mates with both types


— 6:00 AM on June 4, 2015

Type-C ports are making USB drives interesting again. The latest to tap into the reversible standard is Kingston's DataTraveler microDuo 3C, which pairs the new port with a chunky Type-A connector for broader compatibility. Announced at Computex, the drive is scheduled to be available later this month in capacities up to 64GB.

Kingston claims the 3C offers "fast USB 3.1 performance," but the version is kind of academic. The drive is only rated for read speeds up to 100MB/s, a fraction of the bandwidth available in USB 3.0, let alone the latest spec. Writes top out at a measly 15MB/s, which is slower than USB 2.0.

Sluggish speeds are to be expected from something this size. At only 1.2" long, the 3C is barely bigger than its component plugs. It's probably a good idea to attach the drive to a keychain to avoid losing it.

We don't have any sense of how much the 3C will cost, but Kingston says the warranty coverage lasts for five years. Expect 16GB and 32GB flavors to accompany the top model.

   
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