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Kingston 16 GB DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB flash drive

August 19th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

5 Stars

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2

USB flash drives come in all shapes and sizes and are great for a variety of uses. One of the most common and basic uses, is toting around documents. The Kingston Locker+ G2, aims to secure those documents and make it as seamless and easy to use as possible.

PROS

  • Easy-to-use security
  • Hardware encryption
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • Great build quality
  • Classy appearance
  • 5-year warranty

CONS

  • Not super fast

BUILD & DESIGN
The Locker+ G2 is encased in metal and feels really solid, unlike many plastic USB flash drives. The silver finish looks attractive and you can attach it to a key ring via the loop in the back of the drive. The small, white piece in the middle of the drive that looks like a jumper connector, is the activity LED that glows blue when active.

Kingston Locker+ G2 top

The cap, which is also encased in metal, stays on nice and secure to the body of the drive. You’ll have to keep track of it though, since it doesn’t attach to the back end of the drive.

Kingston Locker+ G2 with cap off

Kingston Locker+ G2 USB port

The build quality and appearance of the Locker+ G2 is much nicer than most USB flash drives I’m used to and Kingston backs it with a 5 year warranty and free technical support.

USAGE
If you need to carry documents on your USB flash drive securely, you can use software-based encryption tools, like TrueCrypt, but it can be cumbersome to set up and use. Using a USB flash drive with hardware encryption built in, is much easier. The Locker+ G2 uses 256-bit AES security to secure your data and all you need to use it is your password.

Kingston Locker+ G2

The first time you insert the Locker+ G2 into a PC or Mac, you’ll be prompted to set up the secure data partition. You choose a password between 6-16 characters and optionally enter a password hint and contact details. Once the secure data partition has been formatted, you can start using the drive.

Locker+ G2 device initialization

In Windows, you’ll need two consecutive drive letters available.

Locker+ G2 drive letters

On Mac OS X, you’ll see a virtual optical drive and the secure data partition in Finder.

Locker+ Mac drives

Once the secure partition is mounted, you can begin reading and copying files on the Locker+ G2. While not a speed demon, I tested the Locker+ G2 at better than Kingston’s advertised speeds of 10MB/s read and 5MB/s write. CrystalDiskMark reported sequential transfer rates of 19MB/s read and 15MB/s write. In a real-world test using TeraCopy, I copied 1689 documents (797MB) from my hard disk to the Locker+ G2 in just over 4 minutes.

To prevent someone from making infinite attempts to guess your password, the drive will permanently block the data partition after 10 consecutive failed login attempts. Once the data partition’s been blocked, the only way to use the drive again is by formatting it, which erases your data. Though the new owner or thief can keep using the drive, your private documents will be wiped out and unreadable.

CONCLUSION
The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 looks great, feels great, and is easy to use on both PC’s and Macs. It’s a great way to protect your sensitive documents and with capacities of up to 32 GB, offers enough storage for thousands of documents. I highly recommend it.

Available from Amazon.com.

* Review unit provided by Kingston