Kingston DataTraveler Hyper X Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review (Disassembly Piks Included)

Without a doubt, the thing we love most about the review business is the opportunity to introduce new technology and things get even better yet when we are selected to be one of the first to introduce a product to the world…through a more detailed analysis.  On the flipside, it truly hurts to have to ship back those products that you just can’t seem to let go of once you have it in your hands.

Such is the case with the Kingston Hyper X Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a handy little device that you can throw on your keychain and has the capacity to store more movies, music or pictures than you could have ever imagined.

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As big as it looks in this picture, the predator is just under 3″ x 1″ x 3/4″ and it’s weight is not noticeable whatsoever on a key chain.  It is a USB 3.0 device, fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0, and specifications list USB 3 performance at 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write. USB 2.0 performance is considerably lower 30MB/s read and write data transfer speeds. It is presently available at the 512GB capacity and the 1TB version is expected to be available soon and both come with a limited five year warranty.

Predator ClosedPredator OpenPricing is a bit more than your typical flash drive and the 512GB version can be found at Amazon right now for about $800 which is considerably less than its original list price of $1750. Quality is another aspect that simply can’t be overlooked and reminds us of when we first reviewed the Kingston Hyper X SSD some time ago.  They had included a very attractive Kingston blue mini-tool pen to which we received several e-mails asking if the told could be purchased separately.

Predator Outside Case 2Predator Package BackInside the container, Kingston has included the Predator, a very stylish keychain, as well as USB 3 extension cable for those locations that the Predator might be just a bit thick in size.

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Sam Chen
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That’s one beautiful flash drive. =D

John Leon
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John Leon

in 2011 my team and I built a 512GB and 1 TB version using LSI controller at Irvine Sensors Corp. We had slightly better performance than Kingston’s HyperX mainly due to the LSI controller.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Hey John, Picked up your Linked In response as well and tried to do some checking into your drive. Is it, or was it ever made available for purchase by the consumer?

John Leon
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Hi Les,
Yes it was sold commercially to specialty markets. I don’t know if they are selling it now for the company changed and is cyber focused. I left the company last year. I recommend you contact them directly.

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renosablast

That is some classy retail packaging, consistent with their other HyperX offerings.

Felipe Queirolo
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you should had test this with the asus USB3.0 boost software, to see the difference

Pablo Garcia
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man would love to have few of those

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