Comparing the amount of storage capacity that flash drives from more than five years ago, were capable to the ones that are currently being revealed at CES 2017 is a way to get a feel for how fast technologies evolves. Despite the ever-growing popularity of cloud storage and transfer systems, large-capacity flash drives are still the way to go for a simple transfer of large data.
The advent of the flash drive revolutionized the way people stored and transferred data, without the need to constantly buy CDs or DVDs. Despite the emergence of cloud systems which doesn’t even require any hardware besides a computer if you know your way around it, a flash drive still remains indispensable if you want to have crucial data, documents and whatever else you may need always at your disposal even if your device runs out of power.
This is where Kingston, anticipating the needs of consumers to carry with them ever-larger amounts of data, has announced its newest and largest flash drive to date, the 2 TB Data Traveler Ultimate GT. The sheer size of this flash drive even puts some of the lower-end hard drives to shame. Despite the fact that Kingston’s flash drive may be somewhat more than general consumers need or even want, the device is the largest one in the world, at least for now.
The company improved on the previous large-capacity flash drive, which they released in 2013 and featured only 1TB of storage. Unfortunately, Kingston’s DataTraveler only support a USB 3.1 Generation 1 port, instead of the USB Type-C, which will soon to become a standard across most new devices. Nonetheless, USB 3.0 is still incredibly common in most devices and will continue to be for the next few years. So, if you’re interested in buying such a large-capacity flash drive, then rest assured that you still be able to use it in the coming years.
Many flash drives become damaged after extensive use, more so if the owner keeps it on a key chain where it is vulnerable to a number of external factors. With this aspect in mind, Kingston covered it in zinc alloy protective casing, which provides increased durability and resistance to shocks.
The flash drive will be released in February, but Kingston has not yet revealed any details regarding the price.
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