Kingston’s big push at CES 2013 was their new HyperX Predator 3.0 – the world’s first shipping USB drive that offers a full terabyte of flash storage. To be fair, it’s not shipping yet – it’s due to ship in the next month or so, so it’s conceivable (but unlikely) that another company could beat them to the punch. You can see, just by looking at the drive, that the HyperX Predator means business – unlike most modern USB drives, which have been trending ever smaller, the Predator goes in the opposite direction. It’s about the size of a really fat thumb.
The design, while chunky, is actually pretty nice. It feels extremely sturdy in hand, thanks in no small part to the Zinc alloy used for the unit’s basic construction. Inside of the solid frame is Kingston’s high-performance flash; when paired with the USB 3.0 standard, you can expect maximum data transfer rates of 240MB/s read, and 160MB/s write. USB 2.0 speeds can hit 30MB/s read and write.
Kingston did say that the new HyperX Predator 3.0 will come with a standard 5-year warranty, but they were unwilling to make any claims regarding the 1TB unit’s pricing. It was revealed, however, that the 512GB unit (now or soon to be shipping) carried a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1750 – meaning that the 1TB version could cost nearly $4000. Given how quickly flash is falling in price, the Predator is unlikely to stay at such stratospheric levels for very long.