January 16, 2017

CES 2017: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT Is World's Largest USB Flash Drive


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We are now spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding how to carry data around. There's USB sticks, portable hard drives that don't require a power cable, SD cards, and of course, the Cloud. So the limiting factor isn't how to carry data around, it's how much you can carry?

According to Betanews, Kingston is increasing the answer we can give to that question to 2TB next month with the launch of its DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB flash drive. By squeezing 2TB of storage into the Ultimate GT, Kingston can claim to offer the world's largest capacity USB flash drive.

The Ultimate GT will be made available in 1TB and 2TB capacities with USB 3.1 transfer speeds, which is a good move considering how much data you can transfer on and off this stick. USB 3.1 offers a maximum of 1,280MB/s transfer speeds, although getting anywhere near that speed depends as much on the USB port as the drive itself.
The DataTraveler Ultimate GT measures 0.84 by 1.06 by 2.83 inches and employs a push-pull method of opening and closing, which means there's no cap to lose. It uses a zinc-alloy metal casing "for shock resistance," includes a 5-year warranty, and boasts compatibility with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7(SP1), Mac OS v10.9.x onwards, Linux 2.6.x onwards, and Chrome OS. If you own the new MacBook Pro, however, you're going to need a dongle to use the Ultimate GT as it's USB 3.1 Type-A, not Type-C.

Pricing has yet to be revealed by Kingston, but don't expect either model to be particularly cheap. I suspect the price difference between the 1TB and 2TB models will be small enough to make the 2TB version the more popular option, though.


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