Kingston DT Mini Slim
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any smaller, Kingston go and release the DT Mini Slim in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. Whilst there’s nothing special about those kind of figures, what is astounding is the physical packaging that the flash drive comes in.
The DT Mini Slim has a thickness of just 6.44 mm and a length of 39 mm. It’s not that much bigger than your standard sized paperclip and works just like any other plug and play device you’ve ever owned.
Using a plastic body, Kingston have designed the drive to be solid and robust. Trying to bend the drive even at its thinnest part will resist any flexing. This should allay any concerns you may have about snapping this miniscule drive when its in your bag or pocket.
Whilst the flash drive itself isn’t Vista ReadyBoost capable, it is Vista certified for extra peace of mind that the drive will work without any problems on Vista and pre-Vista machines. The drive happily worked with both Vista, XP and Mac OS X operating systems.
My benchmark tests consisted of transferring a single 1.09GB file and 49 files totalling 112.9MB. I compared the speeds with the time it took to transfer the same files using my desktop-class Western Digital MyBook Studio hard drive over a Firewire 400 connection and an 18-month old 4GB USB flash drive.
Kingston DT Mini Slim
1.09GB file transfer in 9 minutes 2 seconds
112.9MB 49 file transfer in 1 minute 5 seconds
Old 4GB USB flash drive
1.09GB file transfer in 7 minutes 11 seconds
112.9MB 49 file transfer in 47.37 seconds
Western Digital MyBook Studio
1.09GB file transfer in 35.73 seconds
112.9MB 49 file transfer in 5.63 seconds
You can make your own mind up as to how quick the DT Mini Slim is based on the results above. It was a bit disappointing to find that the Kingston drive performed slower than my old drive, however my old 4GB drive is several times larger so the difference in performance can be forgiven. For me, I would consider it too slow for regular backups of large files. However, for storing documents, presentations, spreadsheets and files of a similar size to that effect, the DT Mini Slim could be a good alternative or even replacement for your existing clunky drive.
Kingston has developed an incredibly small USB drive that offers portability at a slight expense to performance. However, given that a lot of us typically use these drives for transferring smaller files, the DT Mini Slim may be the drive that you’re looking for. It’s well built and despite what it looks like it, it doesn’t feel like it’s going to break apart or snap if you accidentally applied too much pressure to it.