Kingston is known worldwide for pioneering innovations when it comes to memory products. With the company’s new DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, Kingston is trying to prove it’s at the cutting edge of defining the best SuperSpeed products.
Keep in mind that these sort of flash drives are not the kind that we would run and pick up for casual users or those with lower data demands, like parents looking to store vacation photos or young students backing up two-page essays. Oh, no; the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is designed specifically to meet the needs of gamers and enthusiasts who could make real use of a quality USB 3.0 flash drive. The smallest available is a whopping 64GB, after all. However, the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 flash drive also comes in 128GB and 256GB. That’s more storage than a majority of flash drives on the market.
Basically, we are looking at one USB 3.0 flash drive (256GB) being able to hold the equivalent of 54 DVD’s at once. Considering this thumb drive is fairly small in size, that is definitely saying something. However, it makes your head really swim when you realize that this capacity can be translated into more than 13 million Microsoft Word files, 10 Blu Ray Discs or 48, 640 MP3’s.
According to Kingston, the USB 3.0 flash drive’s SuperSpeed interface offers read times of up to 225MB/s and write times of 135MB/s. It does this through the flexibility that its eight channel architecture allows. It is reliable when transferring larger sized files and applications straight from the drive while still keeping the rest of the drive’s performance intact—there is a ton of time saved when opening, working on and transferring data from one device to another.
While all of the HyperX USB 3.0 flash drive’s specs are really great, users will have to get past a bit of sticker shock (which may not be that big of a sacrifice for the dedicated gamer!). The smallest, 64GB is nearly $200 and can be bought from Kingston or one of their affiliates. The other two capacities range from approximately $377 (Kingston) to $870 (Amazon). Those who really can use these might find the hole in their pocket far worth it. Others, however, will most certainly not be beating down the doors to get one. Which camp are you in? Weigh in below.