Kingston was kind enough to send me an 8gb DataTraveler pre-loaded with the urDrive software to review. They are also giving an USB gift pack to one lucky Social Robot reader! Read the review and then scroll down to get the details on how to enter to win!
The UrDrive software is pre-loaded software that works on PCs. According to Kingston, “The urDrive is a free, pre-loaded application for organizing and exploring apps, games, and music. It transforms Kingston USB drives into active storage devices– rather than the ‘old school’ device used only to store and transfer data.”
Here’s a YouTube video that does a great job of visually explaining the urDrive software:
I was excited to review this software, as I tend to be a tad unorganized and am always looking for ways to be more streamlined and productive. The Kingston DataTraveler 109 that the urDrive software came on is super small, which I liked a lot. It also had a built-in hole so it will fit on a keyring, which was great. I plugged in the USB drive and installed the software and its drivers, which took about 1-2 minutes. Once the urDrive software was launched, the main screen looked like this:
The urDrive comes with 6gb of free online storage, which is the feature that I would probably use the most. Since my computer crashed a month ago, I have been constantly looking for online back-up resources and 6gb of free storage would allow me to ensure that my documents remain safe and can be accessed from anywhere.
Because cloud storage back-up, urDrive also offers a free PC checkup from Norton, as well as games and applications. There are several games and applications available, both for online use and purchase. The only thing I didn’t like about the urDrive is that several of the applications and game programs must be purchased in order to use regularly. Almost all included a free trial, but I don’t think I’d be very likely to buy and games. However, some of the productivity applications were ones that I am thinking about purchasing, such as the PDF to Doc program.
One of my favorite things of the UrDrive was the lower navigation menu, located in the bottom right corner:
This menu let me choose to go to my music, files, videos, or photos, which were all organized automatically. Because I tend to dump all kinds of files at once onto a USB drive, I really appreciated this feature. The urDrive software can also be customized with a colored background and profile picture.
Overall, I think the urDrive software is great for users who want a portable way to organize and view their files. Kingston offers many reasonably-priced USB drives, and because the urDrive software is included, it makes it easy to stay organized on the go.
And now, on to the
KINGSTON USB PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!
To enter to urDrive USB five pack giveaway, do one (or all) of the following:
- Leave a comment on this blog post with one way you use or have used USB drives.
- Follow @thesocialrobot, @wonderwall7 (kelsey), or @bethaneywallace on Twitter and leave a comment on this post stating who you followed. (Could follow all 3 for additional entries!)
- Like The Social Robot on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting us know.
- Tweet “I entered to win a USB prize pack from @kingstontech on @thesocialrobot! Enter at http://bit.ly/t99wGY. #CleverUrDrive” and leave us a comment on this blog post letting us know.
Good luck! Winners will be chosen using random.org and will be announced at 3pm CST Friday, November 11.
UPDATE: The winner has been chosen! Congrats to Kathy! Thanks to everyone who participated! Kathy, I shot you an email, if you didn’t receive it, please email me using the Contact tab on the left. -Kelsey