Imagine a Terabyte of data stored in a device no bigger than a cigarette lighter. That’s the Kingston HyperX Predator 1 Terabyte drive recently on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Kingston is known for memory, solid-state and USB drives as well as microSD and compact flash cards. But a 1 Terabyte flash drive represents a new capacity high.
The drive connects to your computer through a USB 3.0 compatible port that is also backward compatible to USB 2.0. USB 3.0 read speeds are 240 Megabits per second. Write speeds are 160 Megabits per second.
Who would want such a large flash drive? Time will tell whether this type of device will be a market success. But just to give you an idea of what you can possibly store on a 1 Terabyte flash drive:
- Up to 108 full length movies uncompressed
- Or1,365 full length movies using standard compression algorithms
- Up to 250,000 songs or enough listening material for a year
Kingston will start shipping in the first quarter of 2013. If anything is going to contribute to this device failing it is its price. Kingston has listed it through distribution at 1,750 U.S. Compare that to USB hard drives of that size at 1/20th the price. But if you still are in the market for a big USB flash drive then order the 512 Gigabyte HyperX Predator currently on sale for less than half the price of the 1 Terabyte model.