The way technology is growing and the amount of time we spend on our mobile devices, we’re constantly looking for easy ways to carry around our data such as e-Books, games, photos, music and more. The reason for this is because things like streaming music and movie services are becoming more and more prominent, and storage space on devices is decreasing, forcing us to live in the cloud or on portable devices such as the Kingston Data Traveler MicroDuo USB storage adapter.
The Kingston MicroDuo is a great little adapter to have for majority of you Android users, as well as those of you who might have one of the newer Windows tablets, which aren’t equipped with full size USB ports, and actually have the Android standard MicroUSB port.
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The MircoDuo that Kingston sent me was the 32GB size. Now, I currently have a 32GB Moto X so having an additional 32GB of storage for me is more than enough. But first let’s talk about what the Kingston MicroDuo is, exactly.
The MicroDuo is a portable storage device that has a different plug on each end. On one end is the regular USB end. This is the end that will plug directly into a PC or similar, and currently this version of the MicroDuo is USB 2.0. The other end of the device sports a MicroUSB end, that will easily plug into your favorite Android device, or at least a large majority of them. It even plugs into some of the newer Windows tablets, as those too are now starting to come with MicroUSB ports.
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The MicroUSB end of the MicroDuo actually has a cover on it where the MicroUSB slips into and keeps itself protected from dust and things like that. The normal USB end doesn’t have a cover on it at all which I’m assuming since it’s a bit larger in size, Kingston isn’t worried about it getting broken off or any similar fates happening to it.
Also, as you can see by the image above, the Kingston MicroDuo bends at a 90 degree angle. This happens when you slide the MicroUSB end out of the cover, which allows you to then plug it into a device. One thing you really can’t see in the above photo is the MicroDuo also has a small lanyard loop on it, so you can attach it to a key chain, or something similar. In fact, with how small Kingston has made this little device, I highly recommend you doing that if you can.
- Capacity: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 27.63mm x 16.46mm x 8.56mm
- Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C
- Storage Temperature : -20°C to 85°C
- Warranty/Support: 5-year warranty with free technical support
- Compatible With: Windows® 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, Windows RT, Mac OS X v.10.6.x+, Linux v.2.6+
File And Software Compatibility
There are a few things to mention in this section. First is the fact that the Kingston MicroDuo comes pre-formatted as FAT32, which means it’s going to be compatible with a wide array of devices across the board.
The full-size USB end will work with any current desktop or laptop, as well as Chromebooks, which I was able to test with my HP 14 Chromebook.
The MicroUSB end will work with any mobile device that has a MicroUSB port and have USB OTG(On-The-Go) support. Not all devices have this capability, so to see if your device is supported, you can check here: Supported Devices.
The MicroDuo doesn’t come with any files pre-loaded on the device. There’s also no kind of encryption options for the MicroDuo, because steps that are simple on a PC, such as entering in long passwords or installing encryption utilities, don’t always work very well on a mobile devices.
For some reason Kingston advises against using ES File Explorer on Android to browse files on the MicroDuo. I’m not sure the exact reason why, and I can say I don’t use ES File Explorer so I wasn’t able to test it to see if there was any obvious reasons. I do however use Solid Explorer, and there were absolutely no issues at all while browsing the Kingston MicroDuo files on the device itself.
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Pricing And Performance
As mentioned, Kingston sent me the 32GB version of the MicroDuo and the list price for it is normally around on most sites. You can find it cheaper if you look around, usually on Amazon. What this breaks down to is that the device is about 93 cents per GB. While it also comes in a 8GB, 16GB and 64GB models, pricing is all about the same per GB. What’s important to know is that this price is pretty standard for most any device like this and happens to be reasonable.
One huge point in Kingston’s favor is their warranty that comes with this device. They currently offer a 5 year warranty with free technical support. This is something worth mentioning since most companies that offer a device like this usually have the standard 1 year warranty attached to it.
Now, let’s talk about transfer speeds using the USB 2.0 end of the device. I tested this on a Linux machine using Fedora as my operating system and I took large text(.txt) and ZIP(.zip) files and copied them back and forth several times to get an average transfer speed. The average speed that I was able to come up with was just over 37MB per second for reading, just just barely under 6MB per second for writing speeds.
From a bit of research by digging around Google, this appears to be about normal, or close to normal to what others with the device seem to be getting. Please note that all of this also depends on a lot of things, such as the OS, type and size of file exactly being used and many other things. So speeds of course will vary per user, per device.
My Final Thoughts
For the small price of or cheaper as mentioned if you search around, the Kingston MicroDuo is a great and handy little device to have. It’s very small, which makes it easily portable. The space included is large enough to carry around a good amount of files of most any file type. Then throw in the USB and MicroUSB plugs on either end, this makes it very simple to transfer files back and forth between Android devices and desktops and laptops.
The one downfall to this for you, our lovely readers, is that the Kingston MicroDuo doesn’t have support for any iOS devices. I know this is a huge downfall, as certainly iOS users would love to have something like this for their devices. Hopefully Kingston will make something in the near future for all of our awesome iOS fans.