Kingston HyperX 3.0 128GB 8-Channel USB Flash Drive
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There was a time when the only ultra-portable storage needs i had could be covered with just a 2GB USB Flash Drive which i used to carry on my keychain. That changed and soon i had 4GB, 8GB and 16GB but that was then and this is now so today most people i know carry at least 32GB flash drives on their key chains and who can blame them since a single media file can be up to 30GB in size? Because of that many companies have introduced USB flash drives up to 256GB but up until today although these drives do feature pretty fast data transfer speeds to some people that may just not be fast enough. Well the boys and girls over at Kingston thought of this and came up with the latest HyperX 3.0 USB 3.0 Flash Drive which is without doubt the fastest USB Flash Drive we have used to date.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader. Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success. Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
Overall the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB Flash Drive may look like your everyday average USB flash drive (just a bit flashier) but under the hood it features the latest 8-channel NAND Flash Architecture which we see for the first time in such a unit. By using this technology Kingston claims that their HyperX 3.0 USB Flash Drives can reach speeds of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write and from what you will see later on they are being quite modest with their reported numbers. Also in order to cover the needs of most users Kingston released the HyperX 3.0 USB Flash Drives in 3 different capacities, 64GB, 128GB (which we will be looking at today) and 256GB. So let's move forward with our review and see what i mean when i say they are being modest with their reported performance numbers.