Sometimes a new product is the simple evolution of an existing product. We all have and use USB Flash Drives as they are the current method of choice for transporting data. The two weaknesses of a USB Flash Drive have always been size and speed of data transfer. Well Kingston Digital is continuing to address this problem with their newest USB Flash Drives: The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0.

It would be an understatement to call the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 a mini SSD. It has the capacity, speed, and price of an SSD, but adds the benefit of being a size close to a pack of gum and much more portable. If you are in the market for a blazing fast portable USB drive, and you are considering a portable SSD, then you need to consider a DataTraveler HyperX 3.0. Just make sure that you have a USB 3.0 connector on your source and destination device or you’re slapped back to USB 2.0 land. Yes, it’s backwards compatible.

Initially available at 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB at speeds up to 225 MB/s read and 135 MB/s write, the drives retail for $193.00, $377.00 with the larger version still priceless as of this press release. They should be hitting the shelves just in time for the holidays. Hit the press release below for more details.

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Kingston Digital Launches its Fastest USB Flash Drive

  • DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Allows for High-speed Transfers
  • Kingston HyperX Performance, Style in a Portable USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  • Stores up to 51,000 Images, 54 DVDs or 48,000 MP3s

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the Kingston DataTraveler® HyperX® 3.0. The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is designed for enthusiasts and gamers, and 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.

“Enthusiasts have long known HyperX as the memory of choice for overclockers and power users who need the most performance from system memory,” said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “The new DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB Flash drive continues this tradition. With the fastest speeds and largest capacity, this storage device is the perfect solution for users who require high performance and carry a lot of data.”

The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. The 256GB capacity can store approximately 10 Blu-ray Discs™ (25GB each), 54 DVDs (4.7GB each), 48,640 MP3s (4MB each) or 13,473,684 Microsoft® Word files pages with various formatting and basic graphics.

With a durable and sleek design, the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is a terrific portable storage solution for gamers, enthusiasts, early adopters and high-end consumers who require the best performance and highest capacities to carry their digital library. Faster speeds and higher capacities enable users to quickly store their digital files and keep it with them at all times, in HyperX style.

DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 features a metal and rubberized casing with a reinforced key ring hole for daily use. It allows users to keep it with them at all times, as it can be easily attached to a key ring or lanyard.  A video of the device can be found here.

DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is backed by a five-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities*: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed**:
  • USB 3.0: up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write
  • USB 2.0: up to 30 MB/s read/write
  • 8-Channel Architecture
  • Backwards Compatible: with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports
  • Solid/rugged design: durable metal and rubberized casing provides increased protection
  • ReadyBoostÔ Support
  • Dimensions: 2.952″ x 0.916″ x 0.626″ (74.99mm x 23.29mm x 15.9mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Simple: just plug into any USB port
  • Practical: durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Warranty: 5 Years


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