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Kingston is Knocking $300 Off Its 1TB USB for CES

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A CES sale!

Last year at CES, Kingston unveiled the Data Traveler HyperX Predator 3.0. For that trip to CES, the Data Traveler HyperX Predator didn’t even have a price (though it’s smaller brother, the 512 GB, did). By now, the 1 TB USB is widely available.

 

Currently priced at $1310 on Amazon, this little thumb drive isn’t cheap, and that price has gone down since it launched (the 512 model debuted for around $1700, so that should give you some idea of how much the 1 TB cost). However, for CES 2014, Kingston is celebrating the little drive’s birthday with a heft price cut on Amazon.

A company rep tipped us off to a $300 price cut that is in effect for CES. The deal is only good while supplies last and it doesn’t sound as though anyone but Amazon is cutting the price. Though it’s still crazy expensive, this is the first time that the drive has been available for under a grand, an occasion in and of itself.

The Kingston Data Traveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and boasts read/write speeds of up to 240 MB/s and 160 MB/s, respectively.

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    Cons29 , January 8, 2014 3:23 AM
    512 or 1tera external hdd is not that much heavier than this one, and is how much, maybe $100?
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    bjaminnyc , January 8, 2014 4:32 AM
    Very cool device, too bad its not easier to have a live windows install boot via USB. Also, perfect design for those IP or secret thieves.
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    biohazrdfear , January 8, 2014 6:18 AM
    The reason its so expensive is because you are basically buying a 1TB solid state drive. Flash memory, baby. 1TB SSDs are between $1-2000.
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    06yfz450ridr , January 8, 2014 6:44 AM
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    The reason its so expensive is because you are basically buying a 1TB solid state drive. Flash memory, baby. 1TB SSDs are between $1-2000.


    still twice as slow for the price, why not just buy a 1tb ssd then and get an adapter for it? ive seen 1tbs for $800 or less
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    wysir , January 8, 2014 7:08 AM
    Samsung 840 EVO 1TB is $600 on Newegg U.S.
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    biohazrdfear , January 8, 2014 7:13 AM
    You're right, its slower. Your standard SSD will have read/write speeds of over 4-500 mb/s and more. They aren't using speed as the main factor for their pricing. The fact that its a TB of space in your pocket, the size of your standard flash drive, and the fact that its not out in stores like crazy is the reason its expensive.
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    Blaise170 , January 8, 2014 7:47 AM
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    You're right, its slower. Your standard SSD will have read/write speeds of over 4-500 mb/s and more. They aren't using speed as the main factor for their pricing. The fact that its a TB of space in your pocket, the size of your standard flash drive, and the fact that its not out in stores like crazy is the reason its expensive.


    This thing is huge compared to a standard flash drive. I'd be much more enticed to buy a ruggedized 2.5" 2TB+ external drive that can also fit in your pocket.
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    BulkZerker , January 8, 2014 10:21 AM
    Lemme know when it gets down to around $100. Then I'll be interested.
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    thechief73 , January 8, 2014 12:39 PM
    Amazon prices for 512MB and 1TB are $499 and $999 respectively as of writing.
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    firefoxx04 , January 8, 2014 12:47 PM
    Kind of a niche market. You can get a pocket sized external 1TB drive w/ usb3 for under $1000 with the same if not better speeds. Im sorry but anyone who has the time of day to read or write over 500GB to an external drive also has the time to carry around a lightly bigger drive (that is also much cheaper).I want flash drives to get faster, SSD fast and be around 32-64gb in size.
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    computer_noob , January 9, 2014 1:22 AM
    For the people with more money than sense.
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    Lessthannil , January 11, 2014 11:29 AM
    I would rather get a 1TB SSD from Samsung that costs around $600 and put it in a 2.5 enclosure with eSATA.
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    calikoala , January 14, 2014 7:14 AM
    hmmmWD passport 1TB @ USB3.0 and pocket sizedFTW!!!!!any USB device being sold today should be USB3.0 capable or not be sold at all..