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Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review

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The new Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash drive is a very competent product that we have almost zero issues recommending. It is quite fast for a thumb drive, it offers cavernous amount of capacity, it is portable enough that carrying it isn’t a burden, and its reasonable dimensions mean minimal port blocking issues. These are all features that we look for in a USB flash drive that is going to be used heavily and extensively on a multitude of systems. In fact, the Kingston Savage is damn near perfect as a ‘tool box’ drive for IT professionals who have to have access to a wide variety of utilities and who do not want to lug around a bigger, slower hard disk-based external storage device.

With all that said, the Kingston HyperX Savage is far from perfect and suffers from a similar issue as the smaller Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C, which is to say that the USB 3.1 interface is wasted. This drive is indeed fast for a USB 3.0 device (which it is, since USB 3.1 Gen 1 = USB 3.0) but consumers expecting to see a vast performance improvement over USB 3.0 devices are going to be sorely disappointed. With that said, this HyperX Savage model is much, much faster than the microDuo 3C, but that is cold comfort when the consumers can purchase older but equally fast USB 3.0 branded flash drives.

Another issue is that this model only offers a USB Type-A connector, and thus completely ignores the rapidly changing portable device marketplace. While the number of portable devices with a Type-C port is rather limited at the moment, it certainly limits the future-proofness of this model. This is quite puzzling since flash drives are tailor-made for portable devices, as it allows users the option of not burning through their expensive data allotment streaming content when they could have simply filled this massive storage device to the brim with media and be all set for weeks. That oversight is a shame, and at least with this product Kingston seem to be stuck in the past where PC demands reigned supreme.

In the end, the Kingston HyperX Savage may not be perfect, and may not be right for everyone, but if you need a lot of space in a portable form factor it would certainly be a good choice…just don’t expect to get “USB 3.1” speeds from it.

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