I can’t help but be amazed at how fast technology advances. Just two years ago I bought a one terabyte external hard drive that needed external power to run. It was huge and weighed about a kilo. Last year I bought another 1TB external hard drive, without the external power this time, and was enclosed in a case that’s only a third of the first and weighed only about 200 grams. At CES 2013, Kingston just announced a 1TB storage device, not in the form of the usual external hard drive, but in the form of a USB thumb drive or flash drive. That’s quite unbelievable since the biggest capacity I’ve seen for a commercially available flash drive is 32GB. The more common ones only have 16GB capacity.
The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 goes as high as 1TB and Kingston says it will be commercially available during the first quarter of 2013. There are other versions available, namely the 512GB, 64GB and 32GB versions. The 1TB and 512GB versions of the DataTraveler HyperX Predator will have read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s while the 64GB and 32GB versions will have read/write speeds of 150MB/s and 70MB/s. The flash drive uses USB 3.0 technology but is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
The casing of the DataTraveler HyperX Predator is made of zinc alloy metal so the device should at least last long and the data inside should be well-protected. The flash drive ships with a custom Kingston key ring and a HyperX valet keychain.
Now on to the price. Considering that the DataTraveler HyperX Predator looks like a pioneer product and a great deal of technological know-how was surely used in order to fit a huge storage capacity in a device this small, don’t expect the device to be cheap. At least not during the early stages of its availability. Right now, Kingston is already offering the 512GB version for a staggering amount of $1,750. Imagine how much the 1TB version of the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator would cost. Unless you need this flash drive really bad, like your life depended on owning one of these things, you probably won’t be buying one.