I’m torn. On the one hand, I’m impressed as heck that Kingson’s new DataTraveler 300 USB flash drive can store a whopping 256GB of data. On the other hand, it costs $900 which makes it pretty much useless… for now.
Of course, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about flash media over the last few years it’s that prices come down rather quickly. I still remember paying nearly $50 for my first 32MB CompactFlash card.
Kingston’s new card features read speeds up to 20MB per second and transfer rates of up to 20MB per second. It measures 2.78″ x 0.88″ x 0.65″. And Kingston has been kind enough to let us know that the flash drive can hold the equivalent of 10 Blu-Ray discs, 54 DVDs or 365 CDs. The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 will be available first in Europe. No word on if/when it will launch in the US. Hopefully it’ll be a tad cheaper by the time it does.