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If i was to come out and say that i was surprised to see Kingston introduce the first 512GB USB 3.0 flash drive to hit the market i would be lying and so the official unveiling a month ago during CES didn't really catch me off guard (although i was surprised to hear about the 1TB model). However regardless of what i was expecting the latest DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 flash drive is a very innovative device not only because it's the first one of its kind to really make it to the market in rather large quantities but also because of its remarkable read/write speeds and massive storage capacity (not saying overwhelming since that's where the 1TB model will come in). Also largely thanks to the Zinc metal alloy used for the housing and the 19nm toggle NAND flash memory modules by Toshiba the Predator drive is also second to none when it comes to quality, not that i was expecting something different from such an expensive product.
Expensive might not be enough to describe just how much the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive costs but considering that it's pretty much the largest capacity USB flash drive money can get at this moment in time i guess its price is explained. So currently the Predator 512GB flash drive retails for USD800 inside the USA (Amazon) and at around 750Euros inside the EU (which basically means you pay USD1.56/1.46Euros per Gigabyte). Naturally because of the very high price tag the Predator 512GB flash drive is mostly targeted towards professionals who need the extra space and speed however enthusiasts who care not about the price of a product will also want to add it to their collection. Personally i don't see a single flaw with the drive (aside being expensive) and since it's currently the king of the hill we are awarding it with our Platinum award.
- Build Quality (Zinc Metal Alloy Casing/Toshiba 19nm Toggle NAND Flash)
- Read/Write Speeds (280MBs/180MBs)
- Massive Storage Space (512GB)
- SSD Type USB Flash Drive
- USB 3.0 Extension Cable
- Price (For Most People)