I’m sure you’ve been in a situation where you wanted to have just a little bit more space on your thumb drive to give a movie or CD to your friend. However, in my many years of computing with even the most media hungry friends, I’ve never had any need for anything more than just a few gigs on a thumb drive. But Kingston, in their all-knowing wisdom, has decided to release an astronomical amount of memory on a 256GB flash drive. They call the product the Kingston DataTraveler 310.
The practical application for 256 gigabytes seems impossible but before I delve into a diatribe about why I initially thought this was such a completely foolish idea, I decided to play devil’s advocate. I can see why some users may want to store entire media collections on something this small. It’s small, compact, and extremely lightweight. For those that are stuck for room and need to carry almost their entire computer’s hard drive with them in their pocket, it’s definitely a savvy investment. But, for those of us that only need to carry a few spreadsheets, documents, and pictures of our kids out by the pool with us wherever we go, the much cheaper alternatives are still an amazing buy.
It wasn’t too long ago that we were impressed by a measly few megabytes of space on our portable storage. But now, we’re all the way up to a quarter of a terabyte of space in the size of a car key. “We’re sure that it’s only a matter of moments before a 256GB thumb drive this bulky is something of a joke” says Joseph Flatley of Engadget. And, he’s right. I first saw this product and said to me, “Why would anyone ever want to purchase something like this?” I then realized how ignorant I sounded. It was just a few years ago that we thought it impossible to use the few megabytes of space we got a thumb drive. Now we’re up to hundreds of gigabytes and in time, that too will become obsolete. While many users don’t have an immediate use for a product like this, it won’t be long before things like this are ubiquitous in every household.
For those that needed that extra space, for their netbook or otherwise, you will only be able to get this new Kingston product if you live in Europe or the UK. There’s no sign of it coming to the United States anytime soon. It costs right around $900.
Technical Specifications (Courtesy of tbreak.com)
DataTraveler 310 Product Features and Specifications:
Capacity***- 256 GB
Speed****- Data transfer rates of up to 20 MB/sec. read and 10 MB/sec. write
Safeguarded – includes Password Traveller security software for Windows
Convenient – does not require Administrator rights to access the Privacy Zone
Dimensions – 2.78″ x 0.67″ x 0.87″ (70.68 mm x 16.90 mm x 21.99 mm)
Operating Temperature – 32° to 140° F (0° to 60° C)
Storage Temperature – -4° to 185° F (-20° to 85° C)
Simple – just plug into a USB port
Practical – durable, capless design
Guaranteed – five-year warranty
Author Bio: Charlie is a freelance writer and content builder of many Technology sites and he loves to work with eeprom and flash memory.