First thing’s first, one of the many important things you look for in your everyday devices, a.k.a. your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, is of course how much space you have on them. Especially with the way we take photos and video these days, we rely on our mobiles to store countless documents for work, it’s nice to have that extra space. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t want to fully rely on cloud storage. It’s a great thing to have, but something about having the data on my actual device ensures some added security for me. Of course there are folks that may not only agree with that notion, but have so much data they are carrying around, they want even more space than ever, and they want to do that without being forced to use the cloud or extra hard drives.
The solutions for this problem most definitely hit a new high with Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate GT (GT standing for Generation Terabyte), first unveiled at CES at the beginning of 2017. As the world’s highest capacity USB flash drive, in either 1TB or 2TB options, the DataTraveler Ultimate flash drives hit the streets in the last week of February, then immediately sold out.
The plus-sized devices are incredibly expensive, but that didn’t stop those who really needed them, or have been waiting for something so high capacity to meet their needs. Whatever the reason, these, sold on Amazon since their release date, were offered for $1,319 for the 1TB model, and $2,273 for the 2TB model. Yes, this is expensive, but when considering Kingston’s 1TB HyperX Predator USB 3.0 flash drive from 2013 sold for $2,730, there’s reason these drives may be worth it, especially when considering specs.
For example. The 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.1 device has read and write speeds of 300MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively. They also have the ability to store up to 70 hours of 4K footage onto a device measuring 2.96 x 1.06 x .83 inches, weighing 4.8 ounces (not as discrete as some, but hey, it’s carrying a ton of storage capability in there), and made of zinc-alloy. To disclose the strides made in this form of data storage, words from the Kingston company say it best. By always striving to create new and better solutions for storage, the company can meet customer’s needs in a way that matches how quickly the digital world is growing. With these particular drives, users can push the boundaries of their current devices’ capacities, and confide in much higher levels of storage, stockpiling anything from video, photos, and countless work or personal files.
To there you have it, the newest member of Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drive family was immediately fallen for the moment it hit the market. These pocket-sized, simple yet premium looking little money-makers are still making waves as the world’s largest capacity USB flash, and should be back to shipping ASAP. Now, in the real world, these are more of a novelty item than anything, so that whole running-out-immediately-thing, well, perhaps it meant the supply was more competitive than we know. Plus, not the typical Joe can swap over two grand for a flash drive. What do I know? We’ll leave these for the pros until, like most everything in tech, the price naturally falls over time.
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