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.
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.
Pricing 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.