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Kingston Releases New USB Flash Drive/Reader



Kingston DataTraveler Micro Reader I have had many times when traveling when I have had no WiFi access on my computer, but I have had a desperate need to open/read/edit an office document. My Cingular (AT&T) 8525 retrieves my email quite well, but doesn’t always read those docs in the best way. My “solution”? I save the file to my micro-SD and then use an SD card adapter and reader to access the file on my computer.

Now Kingston Technology has a solution for everyone else so that they can do the same thing. The new Kingston DataTraveler Micro Reader is a ReadyBoost enhanced USB flash drive with up to 4GB capacity, but it also includes an expansion slot to read microSD, microSDHC, or Memory Stick Microâ„¢ (M2) cards.

With this device, you can have a nice ReadyBoost USB device that will also allow you to transfer files quickly and easily from your phone, camera, or other device with micro SD. Great option for the gear bag!

The 1GB version should ship this month, followed by 2GB and 4GB models. Price points are quite reasonable with an MSRP of $19.25 for the 1GB up to $42 for the 4GB. The full information on this new device isn’t up on the Kingston site yet, but you can read the press release here. The previous generation, the DataTraveler Reader, looks pretty similar but it’s slightly larger and doesn’t support ReadyBoost.

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