Kingston HyperX USB Drive Quadruples Capacity To A Staggering 1 TB

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kingston Predator HyperX

The DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB Flash drive offers the fastest speeds from Kingston, with 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds (in USB 3.0), users can quickly access, edit and transfer their files and applications directly from the drive with no performance lag with newly released capacities up to 1 TB.
Alittle over one year ago, Kingston released first-ever HyperX flash drive models, with a capacity of 64GB and 256 GB. At the time, they were considered impressive – and honestly still are. For this reason it is rather surprising that Kingston has decided to leapfrog Moore's Law and release a 1TB version of the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB drive at this years CES show.

We've come to expect computer technology to move at such a pace where capacities can double each year, but I am not sure anyone expected Kingston to be announcing a drive today that quadruples a top-end model that was only released last year.

Even with its massive storage, Kingston was able to retain a modest size with Predator. The 64GB Kingston Digital HyperX 3.0 DataTraveler (DTHX30/64GB) previously mentioned came in at 2.95″ x 0.92″ x 0.63″.

By comparison, the Predator is a little shorter but also a tad beefier at the sides, at 2.83″ x 1.06″ x 0.83″.

Performance-wise, Predator boasts SSD-like throughput at 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write. These speeds make the Predator not only useful to store large files, but store large files fast.

At Predator’s retail launch, which should take place soon, only a 512GB model will become available. The 1TB model will see its launch later in Q1. Pricing for the 1 TB model has not been released by Kingston yet.

With the fact that Kingston’s smallest Predator offering is 512GB, we have to assume that these will not be consumer-focused, but are instead targeted at the business or workstation user. Either way, for what it offers, the drive is an impressive technical accomplishment in data storage that is ahead of its time.


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