Almost everyone reading this review is likely to have a small USB 2.0 flash drive at home or work. They can be used for transferring files between machines, flashing the BIOS of a motherboard and for offline mirroring of sensitive data. 2012 saw a wealth of fast USB 3.0 drives released to market from companies such as ADATA, Corsair and Kingston. Today we are looking at the new Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator which ships in staggering 512GB and 1TB capacities.
Kingston claim that these new DataTraveler HyperX Predator drives offer the fastest speeds and highest capacities in the world. The rated speeds for the units are up to 240 MB/s Read and 160 MB/s Read in native USB 3.0 mode. Similar to last generation SATA 3Gbps Solid State Drive speeds.
Without question, these are not mass market USB 3.0 drives intended for cost effective general backup duties. With an asking price of around £720 for the 512GB unit, the DataTraveler HyperX will be suited primarily to the demanding professional on the move. Those who need to edit and transfer massive data files as quickly as possible – for example designers who are working with large layered Photoshop documents and video editors with a wealth of high definition video files.
- Dramatic speeds – 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write (in USB 3.0)
- Massive capacity of up to 1TB (coming soon)
- USB 3.0 functionality, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
- Exclusive metal casing with custom key ring and HyperX Valet Keychain
- Supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP & Mac