Kingston’s New Device Helps Declutter My Home Office

By Scott Kramer, Contributor
This tiny stick holds an incredible amount of files. Kingston

Chalk it up to the pandemic: my home office has become a mess the past year. So I’ve been cleaning it up and decluttering it in recent weeks. The final step was to get rid of 120 or so photo DVD’s and CD’s I’ve amassed. Mind you, I think all of the photos and videos on them also reside on my Google Photos account. But I always like to have a physical backup of them — in their original resolution. I just didn’t like all the space they were taking up — and the fact that I don’t own a DVD player anymore didn’t help their cause, either. Plus, those disks don’t last forever. So I went to work, getting hold of Kingston’s new 1TB DataTraveler Max USB-C stick ($262). 

Using a laptop, I was able to transfer all of the disks onto the DataTraveler Max — and quickly. Leveraging the latest USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard, the device delivers fast speeds up to 1,000MB/s read and 900MB/s write, which unofficially makes it one of the fastest USB drives on the market and far-and-away the fastest I’ve ever used.

The stick, itself, weighs next to nothing: just 12 grams. It has a retractable hood over the business side of it, to better protect the data it’s holding. And it has a unique ridged casing that’s easy to grip. It also has a keyring loop and LED status indicator, and is backed by a five-year warranty with tech support. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Chrome OS. Many new laptops are armed with a USB-C port, to fit it just fine. As do many of the latest Apple devices and Android cell phones. And even if your device doesn’t, you can get a USB-C to USB converter, to get the job done. I did that for part of my data transferring and it worked quickly and flawlessly.

Here’s the thing. I didn’t know up front exactly how much data my photos would take up. As it turns out, they took up just south of 100 GB. Which left me a lot of space. So I then took the 30 years of document scans I have packed into about 25 USB sticks and consolidated them onto this stick, as well. That still left me plenty of room. I then backed up all of my computer files — that’s years worth of business files, columns I’ve written, and magazine and newspaper articles that I’ve clipped and scanned — as well. And music files. And there was still room. Lots of it. For now, I’ve placed the Kingston device in my safety deposit box, and destroyed those 25 USB sticks. Talk about an efficient swap. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever need to get another high-capacity storage device — unless USB-C devices become obsolete someday.

I almost bought a separate external hard drive two years ago, to do the same consolidation. But I’m so happy I waited because this product is relatively tiny in physical size and works so crazy fast. It’s also available in capacities of 256GB ($91) and 512GB ($153). But I honestly suggest you get one built for your future with way more capacity than you think you’ll need. It’s always better to have extra space than a shortage of it. You’ll never regret that purchase decision.

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