A Poor Man’s Solid State Drive

I am always on the lookout for exciting technology improvements. Today I came across an interesting product announcement from Kingston Digital, which launched a super fast and high capacity USB drive. The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 features the fastest speeds and largest capacities that Kingston has to offer in a USB Flash drive.

Its high-speed eight-channel architecture provides USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write. Users can save time associated with opening, editing and copying large files and applications between devices. The fast write speeds also allow users to work on large files or applications directly from the USB 3.0 drive without performance lag.

Doing a little research I found out that USB 3.0 is capable of transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps (gigabits per second); that’s a little over 10 times faster than USB 2.0’s 480Mbps. USB 3.0 allows simultaneous reading and writing between two connected devices. That wasn’t possible on most older USB 2.0 gadgets and computers

256GB allows storing 10 Blu-ray Discs™, 54 DVDs or 13.5 million Microsoft® Word files pages with various formatting and basic graphics.

Last year some time I upgraded the 128GB hard drive on my laptop with a 500GB drive resulting in more weight and a battery time reduced by two thirds. Were this available then, I think this would have been a better alternative. The (minor?)  drawback is that few computers support the USB 3.0 standard. Prices start at $193 USD for the 64GB version and just under $400 for the 128GB version.