Kingston makes a thumbdrive for USB Type-C

Owners of the super-slim MacBook haven’t had their machines for long, but they know all too well that a regular USB drive cannot be plugged in, and that’s true of pretty much all of them, except a new thumb drive announced by Kingston.

It might look like a regular drive, but Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C holds a secret.

Aside for holding storage sizes of either 16, 32, or 64GB, the USB key is a dual-mode device, built for both regular USB ports and the slim Type-C connectors being used for both the 2015 Apple MacBook, Google’s new Chromebook Pixel, and anything that gets Thunderbolt 3.0.

That means owners of USB Type-C laptops won’t need a USB converter if they want a USB drive connected to it, provided they use one of these, and they’ll even be able to plug the drive into regular old USB ports for those of us who haven’t updated yet.


“DataTraveler microDuo 3C has a dual interface that accommodates both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports to give users easy access to the latest USB interface,” said Kingston’s Nathan Su. “Our drive provides more storage, features fast data transfer speeds and helps make the new technology more accessible to consumers.”

Pricing on this drive hasn’t been announced yet, but we can’t imagine it’ll be too much, nor do we expect the other memory makers — SanDisk and Lexar, perhaps — will be too far behind with versions of their own.

Stay tuned.