We all like our computers set up a certain way, which is why it’s a pain in the backside when you switch to another machine and find everything is, quite frankly, wrong. Cue Kingston and its DataTraveler II Plus Flash Drive “Migo Edition” which lets you carry your personalised settings everywhere you go.
The result of a partnership between Kingston and PowerHouse technology, the DataTraveler II Plus uses the latter’s Migo software to automatically synchronise Outlook email contents, browser settings, favourites, cookies, history, documents, folders, applications, icons and more. An option to password protect all data on the flash drive is also available, and – since everything you do is stored on the drive when it is plugged into a remote computer – it leaves no trace of your personal data behind.
Now the theory behind all this is similar to the U3 technology standard, first announced in January at CES and formally backed by Kingston (amongst others) in March. Unfortunately, Migo is a proprietary format not compatible with U3 (which has yet to debut), but it offers the same benefits. A rival standard by the Drive Alliance is also on the way.
So are there any limitations to the DataTraveler II Plus? Well, the amount of data you can carry is obviously limited to drive space and currently it only works with Windows based operating systems. Otherwise its USB2.0 connectivity promises fast data transfer rates with up to 19MBps read and 13MBps write and it supports English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, Italian and German languages.
The DataTraveler II Plus Migo Edition comes with a five year warranty and is available now in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB capacities costing £21.15, £35.25, £58.75 and £111.62 (including VAT) respectively.
Complete anonymity when using another person’s computer… my (mischievous) mind boggles. Watch out Lars!