1TB Kingston Flash Drive Introduced at CES 2013

Need for more space for your flash drive? If your 16GB or even your 256GB flash drive is not enough for your files, then worry no more as a 1TB flash drive was recently introduced by Kingston at Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2013) on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Known as the “DataTraveler HyperX Predator”, Kingston’s 1TB flash drive is the world’s largest capacity USB 30 thumb drive, which measures 2.84″ x 1.06″ x 0.82″ (72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm) with an attached key ring on one side. Including the key ring, total length is 3.49″ or 88.53mm. It also has a shock-resistant zinc alloy metal casing which serves as the protection of the device against potential corrosion from the environment.

Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 1TB Flash Drive
Kingston’s DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 1TB Flash Drive

“Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive. The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag,” said Andrew Ewing, Kingston’s flash memory business manager.

The new 1TB flash drive has read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s, boasting SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification. While it is not announced yet how much it will cost when it hit stores in the first quarter of this year, it is expected to be more expensive than its 512 GB version which currently sells at a whooping $1,750.

For flash drive users who don’t require too much space, Kingston said that it is also available 32GB and 64GB capacities with read/write speeds of 70MB/s and 150MB/s, respectively.

Considering the price of this 1TB flash drive predicted to be in the $2,500 range, do you think it is worth buying? Or would you rather stick to bulkier yet cheaper portable external hard disk drives?