While I was not impressed with the lackluster updates to Kingston’s memory lineup, this is a whole new ballgame. Kingston Digital Inc. showcased three updates to some of their portable storage lineup and let me tell you these updates are worth a look.

The first update is to the DataTraveler 109. The new DataTraveler SE9 takes the concept of a keyring USB drive to the next level with a metal casing. This small wonder should be one of the few USB thumb drives that will actually survive being beaten against your keys on a daily basis. Finally, someone realized exactly how much punishment a thumb drive can take next to a handful of metal keys.

The next update is truly a small wonder with the DataTraveler Micro. This may be the worlds smallest 16 GB USB Flash drive. Designed to provide addition storage to other devices without getting in the way or sticking out too far. This could be the perfect way to add 8 GB or 16 GB of storage to a netbook that uses an SSD, small form factor HTPC, or tablet PC.

Finally, my personal favorite portable device from Kingston, the Wi-Drive. First the Wi-Drive gets a new size in a 64 GB model to be released in the first quarter of this year. On top of that, a software/firmware update to all current generation Wi-Drives adds support for the new Kindle Fire. In addition, DRM support for Apple devices as well as support for Apple’s AirPlay have been added. Whats that, you are not sure what a Wi-Drive is…first shame on you. Second watch the video below to see just how great the Wi-Drive can be.

Video of Wi-Drive in Action:

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Kingston Digital Offers Light and Thin Memory Solutions for Growing Ultrabook™, Tablet and Smartphone Markets

USB Flash Drives, Wi-Fi Based Storage Allow Memory Expansion

Small Form-Factors Provide Style, Convenience and Portability

Wi-Drive Capacity Boost to 64GB Coming Soon

International CES 2012 Las Vegas — Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced an array of portable Flash memory based solutions designed for the growing number of thin notebook, tablet and smartphone users. Kingston’s light and thin USB Flash drives focus on small and stylish designs that expand and innovate the storage capacities of smaller form factor computing devices. In addition, Kingston® Wi-Drive™ offers wireless memory expansion for tablets and smartphones such as Kindle Fire, Apple® iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®.

  • DataTraveler® SE9: Functionality meets style for mobile users with the new DataTraveler SE9 (DTSE9) USB Flash Drive. The ultra-thin, sleek metal case features a large built-in key ring for easy attachment to a backpack, briefcase, purse or keychain. When plugged into a PC, its metal casing and small size provides protection and does not get in the way of other Flash drives when USB ports are clustered together. The DataTraveler SE9 is available in 8GB and 16GB capacities.
  • DataTraveler Micro: One of the world’s smallest USB Flash drives, the DataTraveler Micro is designed in an ultra-small form factor that can be left in devices such as tablets, slim notebooks, netbooks or car audio systems while barely increasing the overall footprint of the host device. The USB drive’s small size allows it to easily blend in without blocking other ports. DataTraveler Micro is available in 8GB and 16GB capacities.
  • Kingston Wi-Drive: The portable, wireless storage device for Kindle Fire and Apple devices will be available in a 64GB capacity in later Q1. The device with built-in Wi-Fi allows users to view photos or documents, stream movies and listen to music without relying on Internet access or cloud-based technology. Currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, the larger size allows even more sharing of photos, videos, music and more.

“Kingston recognizes the growth in portable computing devices among consumers as tablets and slimmer notebook PCs become commonplace,” said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “Our various USB Flash drives are light and thin storage solutions which enable tablet and ultra notebook users to extend the capacities and enhance the capabilities of their devices without getting in the way.”

The Kingston DataTraveler SE9 and DataTraveler Micro are backed by a five year warranty. Kingston Wi-Drive is backed by a one-year warranty. All products come with 24/7 technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

64GB Capacity Addition and Apple App Update

Wireless Storage for Android-based Kindle Fire

64GB Capacity Provides More Storage On the Go

App Update Includes Streaming via AirPlay Devices, DRM Support

International CES 2012 Las Vegas — Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced an app to enable Wi-Drive™ use with Kindle Fire. Shipping in later Q1, Kingston® Wi-Drive will also be available in a 64GB capacity. In addition, existing Wi-Drive users can get a free app update for Apple devices that allow AirPlay and DRM support. The award-winning Kingston Wi-Drive is wireless portable storage for tablets and smartphone devices including Kindle Fire, Apple® iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, and lets users store and share content wirelessly with three users simultaneously.

Kingston Wi-Drive was first released in 2011 for Apple devices and can now be used for the Android-based Kindle Fire tablet. The app, available on the Amazon Appstore for Android, allows Kindle Fire users to expand the capacity of the device beyond the 8GB of internal storage.

The 64GB version coming soon allows even more storage and sharing, and joins the Wi-Drive family currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. An app update for Apple devices allows AirPlay support for streaming of music*, photos and videos**. For iPhone users working with documents, Wi-Drive presents the “Open in” option so the user can select which app to use to view the document, and also allows copying to the Wi-Drive app. Purchased or DRM content can now be accessed on Apple mobile devices through the Safari browser via the Wi-Drive’s IP address as long as the device is assigned to a computer using an iTunes account.

“Since its debut, Kingston Wi-Drive has been a success with Apple mobile device users. As more consumers adopt Kindle Fire as their mobile device for personal media consumption, we are proud to help this new segment of users store and share photos, videos, music and much more,” said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “The combination of the app update, higher capacity and Kindle Fire support makes Wi-Drive the perfect wireless storage solution for mobile users.”

Kingston Wi-Drive allows users to stream videos, access music or share files with tablets and smartphone owners. The distinctively designed, pocket-sized Wi-Drive utilizes Flash-based technology to store data from USB-compatible PCs. These files are then easily retrieved via Wi-Drive’s built-in wireless signal without requiring cables or an Internet connection. Three users can work simultaneously with different file types from a single Wi-Drive without any performance disruption.


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