Apple is a company that has one of the best ecosystems but at an expensive price. Want some additional storage for your iPhone or iPad? but don’t want to shell extra money for the iCloud storage? or is it that you bought the latest MacBook or a small form factor laptop to find out it only has Type-C ports? To answer these questions today we’re going to be taking a look and reviewing the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo and the Kingston Nucleum.
What is the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo?
The Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo is a Flash drive that can extend that non-expandable Apple Storage! Kingston’s new offering is a dual plug flash drive that has a Lightning Connector on one end and a
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A on the other side. The Bolt is an Apple Certified device so this is a very good aftermarket solution for your storage needs. It works on most iPhone and iPad models that have iOS 9.0 and higher. Kingston has its Bolt Application on the AppStore that you will need to use the Bolt Duo.
The Bolt allows users to store, transfer photos and other media with ease from the Bolt application. The Kingston Bolt Duo has a clean metal build and is very sturdy. It also comes with a handy keychain which has a rubber case to encase the bolt in, do keep in mind that the rubber case attracts a lot of dust. The Bolt offers a physical way of storing and transferring data to your iPhone or iPad device instead of paying and using iCloud storage. We got a chance to take a look at the Kingston Bolt Duo and now let’s review it!
Amazon Link : Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo
- Connectors: Lightning® (1) , USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (1)
- Dimensions: Bolt Duo – 40.7mm x 12.2mm x 7mm
Bolt Duo with Keychain – 65mm x 20mm x 11mm
- Weight: Bolt Duo – 7.2g
Bolt Duo With Keychain – 14.4g
- Compatible Devices: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone, 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, iPhone X
iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad (2017), iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation), iPad Pro (2nd generation).
- Operating System: iOS 9.0 and newer
- Warranty/Support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
- Capacities: 32GB/64GB/128GB
Setting up the Bolt Duo
Once you plug the bolt into your iPhone or iPad a notification will pop up redirecting you to the Appstore to download the Bolt application. After launching the app, a beautiful and clean interface is shown to you. It shows how much iPhone storage you have left and how much storage the bolt has.
You can perform only three actions on the Kingston Bolt Duo
- Capture Photos or Videos Directly to the Bolt Duo.
- Transfer Photos or Video to and from the Bolt Duo.
- View all the files on the Bolt Duo
Each time you insert the Bolt you will need to grant permissions to access the Bolt Duo. You’ll also be asked to grant permissions to capture images or videos directly to the Bolt Duo. You will be limited to using 4K at 18fps, 1080p at 30fps, or 720p at 30fps if you want to shoot directly to the Bolt Duo.
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Even though this is a flash drive for iOS devices, you have very limited options on what you can do with it. You cannot save apps to it or copy any external files. The Transfer speeds on this drive are not blazing fast and they are on par and consistent like other modern flash drives. This means that if you thought of transferring a huge collection of your photos and videos to your Bolt Duo then you’re going to have to wait for a long time. Apple doesn’t allow direct access to the lightning port and so the Bolt Duo will not show up in the “Files” application and we have to install the Bolt application to access it. You can use the Bolt Duo on Multiple devices to backup data and each of them will have separate folders.
The DataTraveler Bolt Duo is the go-to solution for transferring photos and videos to and from your computer if you want physical expandable storage. The Bolt Duo starts at Rs 3,000 for the base 32GB variant with the 64GB and 128GB versions also available. The Bolt Duo is a bit on the pricey end as normal flash drives are just half that price, but if you want a physical way to backup your data then we’d recommend buying this. The drive is small, durable and easy to use. If you’re constantly running out of space on your iPhone due to taking a lot of photos or videos then this is the right product for you!
Now that We’ve covered the Bolt Duo, it’s time to look at the next offering, the Kingston Nucleum.
With the introduction of USB Type-C on modern-day laptops like the Macbook, Chromebook and so on, the need for Type-C hubs has become more apparent. These Hubs offer the functionality of all the other ports in a single package. So now let’s review the Kingston Nucleum!
What is the Kingston Nucleum?
The Kingston Nucleum is a USB Type-C 7-in-1 Hub that allows you to connect multiple devices at the same time. It made from a silver Aluminum and has a very solid build quality. The Kingston Nucleum retails around Rs 4,500 in India. The Nucleum can be connected to any device that uses a USB Type-C connector and then branches into 7 ports. The Nucleum can be used on Mac and Windows and also with smartphones with a Type-C port. It is a Plug and Play device meaning that you don’t need to install additional drivers to get it working. All 7 ports can be used simultaneously without any performance hit. There is an SD Card and Micro SD Card reader that allows you to transfer and access all your files on the card. It also comes with two USB Type-A connectors of one we used to connect our Bolt Duo in the picture below. This provides additional functionality as most of the ultra-thin notebooks have completely ditched the Type-A that almost most external devices use for the Type-C. There are also two USB Type-C ports one which allows you to transfer data and the other allows power pass-through. The HDMI can output at any resolution up to 4k 30Hz with HDR and has very little input latency. You can also Charge your Laptops or Smartphones directly via USB passthrough although it only supports a maximum of 60W.
Amazon Link: Kingston Nucleum
- Ports: USB-C (power input), USB-C (data), HDMI, USB-A (x2), SD, MicroSD
- HDMI Standard: v1.4 (Supports 4K 30Hz)
- USB-C: Data: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s)
- USB-A: Data: USB 3.1 Gen (5Gb/s)
- SD Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS I-II
- microSD Card Reader: MicroSD/MicroSDHC/microSDXC UHS I
- Power Delivery Pass through: Up to 60W
The only downside of the Nucleum is that it does not offer an Ethernet port, as it would have been great to see that because not every place has an available WiFi connection. You can circumvent this if you have a Smartphone With Mobile data, then you could just your hotspot your way through. It could have also had better file transfer speeds and support for HDMI 2.0. One major thing to be aware of with the Nucleum is that it disconnects when connected to or disconnected from a power source. So if you are transferring files don’t mess with the power source.
The Kingston Nucleum is small, sensible, functional, and reliable. It is expensive compared to other USB-C hubs on the market, but those hubs have fewer ports to work with, and more importantly aren’t dependable. The Kingston Nucleum serves its purpose as it should, managing external storage, peripherals, outputting video, and charging devices. It does not require additional power to keep the hub operational and can be easily carried around. But if you are looking for a hub to expand the capabilities of your device then there’s a good chance you’ll find the Kingston Nucleum a really useful device. The Nucleum comes with a 2-year warranty if you’re worried about the device failing.
Apple has really strict restrictions on how its products and software can be used. Since Apple doesn’t provide affordable solutions to their own shortcomings, companies like Kingston produce Third-party products to fill that gap. And with that in mind, the Kingston Nucleum was built to be a great 7-in-1 hub and the Kingston Bolt Duo to store your iPhone or iPad data on a physical flash drive. These offerings from Kingston even though a bit pricey are worth it. They both have a solid build quality and perform the task they were built for without any hassle. Even though there are many other solutions the Kingston Nucleum and Bolt Duo really stands out from the competition! We would also like to thank Kingston for sending in these two products for review! If we didn’t mention or skipped anything about the Nucleum and Bolt or if you have any questions, feel free to comment them down in the comment box below!