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Kingston Year of the Monkey USB Drive Review

James takes a look at this years special edition Kingston USB drive


Happy Chinese New Year!

It is a tradition for us here at CCL to review Kingston's annual limited edition USB offering for Chinese New Year. This year it is the year of the Monkey.

Thanks to the guys at Kingston, I have been sent a Kingston Year of the Monkey 32GB USB 3.1 Drive to have a detailed look.


This year Kingston have continued the tradition of exciting packaging for these limited edition drives. This year’s comes in a gold metal box with a small window in which you can see the drive.


Opening the box you see the traditional Chinese character for Monkey etched into the foam next to the drive. Overall this packaging makes the item feel like a collector’s item.


The drive itself

This year’s drive has moved away from the soft touch rubber casing of previous years and is now a metal construction. I am guessing this is for longevity as some of the smaller rubber parts were prone to break off on the previous years if you are not gentle with your USB drives. The face of the Monkey is made of the soft touch rubber but is one solid piece and gives a nice surface to grip the drive when removing it from a port.


The drive has moved away from the red colouring of previous years too. Red is considered a lucky colour in Chinese culture and as such featured heavily in previous offerings. However, the gold colour is nice and while this doesn't photograph well, it looks really good in the flesh.

The drive this year is a USB 3.1 drive which will show increased performance compared to the USB 2.0 of previous years. Kingston advertises speeds of 100MB/s read and 15MB/s write.


The product also has a 5 year warranty.


Overall this is a great collector’s item and for less than £5 more than a standard 3.1 32GB drive from Kingston, it is fun and stands out from other USB offerings.

Next year is the Year of the Rooster and I can't wait to see what Kingston have in store for that.