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Hands-on with Kingston's 1TB USB Stick

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We get up close and personal with Kingston's new baby.

While CES is known for bringing a storm of new gadgets, just a few products really stand out each year. On Monday, Kingston announced one such device. In Las Vegas this week, the company unveiled the world's first 1TB USB stick.


Set to launch during the first quarter of this year, the drive carriers both the DataTraveler and HyperX brands. Officially named the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, we heard it affectionally referred to as 'the brick' on more than one occasion this evening. In fact, we had a hard time getting near Kingston's booth at Pepcom's Digital Experience tonight. Each time we tried to visit the company, we were put off by a crowd of people all eagerly craning their necks for a better look at the device (among other wares on show at the Kingston table).

We eventually got a hold of a tired Kingston rep who confirmed a Q12013 launch but couldn't give any specifics on pricing. The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 offers read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s, is SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certified and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Kingston also has a 512 GB version in the market, which is priced at $1,750. We'll keep you posted on a price for the 1TB version.

Feast your eyes on the images below in the mean time. Unsurprisingly, the company didn't even really bring the device to CES. The ones you see in the photos are mock ups. When we asked if they were the real thing, a Kingston rep told us no, adding, "Do you think we'd have them out on the table if they were?" That, along with the price of the 512GB model, should give you an indication of just how expensive this thing will be.

 

 

 

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    dyno_05 , January 8, 2013 2:04 PM
    kind of big isn't it. just waiting on the day when i can get one of these for $30
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    TunaSoda , January 8, 2013 2:15 PM
    When is the 1TB Micro SDXC coming out? :p 
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    sliem , January 8, 2013 2:09 PM
    Yes, big and expensive. Wait few years it'll be smaller and cheaper.
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  • 17 Hide
    dyno_05 , January 8, 2013 2:04 PM
    kind of big isn't it. just waiting on the day when i can get one of these for $30
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    EzioAs , January 8, 2013 2:05 PM
    $1,750 for the 512GB version...can we assume the 1TB won't be anything less than $3,000?
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    sliem , January 8, 2013 2:09 PM
    Yes, big and expensive. Wait few years it'll be smaller and cheaper.
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    dextermat , January 8, 2013 2:10 PM
    Just milking the couws aren't they :p 
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    TunaSoda , January 8, 2013 2:15 PM
    When is the 1TB Micro SDXC coming out? :p 
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    fuzzion , January 8, 2013 2:17 PM
    Jane McEntegart , you have pretty hands :) 
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    back_by_demand , January 8, 2013 2:33 PM
    fuzzionJane McEntegart , you have pretty hands

    Her face and body are mighty fine too, but you just moved house into Creepyville with that one
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    Daedalus12 , January 8, 2013 2:33 PM
    mmm...1Tb USB Stick. I can remember when an 8 Gb flash stick was several hundred dollars. Someday they'll be almost giving these things away. Technology is awesome.
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    mrmaia , January 8, 2013 2:49 PM
    No wonder why it's nicknamed "brick". It surely looks like its own weight is enough to bend the USB plug when you leave it on your computer
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    jaber2 , January 8, 2013 3:00 PM
    unless she has tiny hands that thing looks huge.
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    EDVINASM , January 8, 2013 3:07 PM
    Predator in the name? Is it just me or this is business/luxury product, not a teen dream. Think naming is a bit off here. Other than that interesting idea stuffed with flash.
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2013 3:47 PM
    Wouldnt spend that on this if i had it to spend. But its cool that its so small.
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    dalethepcman , January 8, 2013 3:47 PM
    back_by_demandHer face and body are mighty fine too, but you just moved house into Creepyville with that one

    Actually I think you just moved into creepyville.... Regardless we all like Jane :) 

    Is that 8.5x11" paper its sitting on? If so then this thing is like 1.5x2x4" That's not a "USB stick" its more of a "USB Tree"
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    house70 , January 8, 2013 4:08 PM
    Why is this titled "Hands-on with Kingston's 1TB USB Stick", when they didn't even bring the real thing at CES?
    AFAIK, a "hands-on" article is posted during/after said device has been...handled. Also includes a writer's (mini)-review of said device, even if it's a brief handling of it.
    This is like posting a hands-on article about a display-only mock-up phone unit in a carrier's store.
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    thecolorblue , January 8, 2013 4:42 PM
    cool idea... design is terrible.

    it won't be usable on my desktop due to the ultra wide design... nor on my laptops.
    now if a short 2 inch cable is included we're in business
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    kinggremlin , January 8, 2013 5:11 PM
    Besides being a proof of concept, I don't see any reason why a company would waste their time making a product like this. Has there ever been a consumer targetted peripheral that sold for $1750 that has seen any sort of commercial success? I doubt it, but I am positive that a USB stick, which has none of the attributes that make USB sticks popular (low cost, portability, usability) won't be one. And that's the 512GB version. The 1TB model? That's like adding 10 more patties to a $50 10 patty hamburger.
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    7amood , January 8, 2013 8:02 PM
    this is not Jane's hands, the pictures are stolen from bincang.net forum

    original source:
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    7amood , January 8, 2013 8:02 PM
    source:
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    7amood , January 8, 2013 8:04 PM
    wtf I can't link... why
    anyway here is the link, just remove the space between 'bincang.net/' and 'forum'
    bincang.net/ forum/showthread.php?120282-1Terabyte-thumb-drive-dari-Kingston-%21-ada-brannn&s=2f388560a6ce55576dbc226bb43fc12a&p=2899954
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    stuart72 , January 8, 2013 9:30 PM
    wouldn't it be cheaper, more convenient, and probably smaller and lighter on your pocket just to stick a 1TB SSD in an external USB case and be done with it? That thing is huge
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