Kingston continues to push boundaries of portable storage capacity. After the company released a flash drive with the capacity of 1 TB back in 2013, Kingston surprised us again with the new line of flash drives. Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drives have the capacity of up to 2 terabytes.
Although classic hard drives, as well as SSDs, already jumped over 2 terabytes capacity, flash drives never managed to offer more than 1 TB, until now. The new DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drives come in two flavors; one can take 1 TB of data while the other has a monstrous 2 TB capacity.
Jean Wong, Kingston’s Flash business manager stated that “With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor.” And having a device smaller than the palm of your hand that’s capable of rocking more storage than most hard drives and SSDs of today is definitely groundbreaking.
Kingston even posted a reference table (which can be seen below) showing how much different file types can be stored inside the new flash drives. For instance, you can put 96 average-sized PC games, more than 7,000 minutes of 4K video content, or more than 500,000 mp3 files. That’s a lot, even by today’s standards.
Both flash drives come with the support for USB 3.0 Gen 1. No USB Type-C support isn’t a large downside since most modern laptops and PCs have USB 3 ports, but owners of the latest MacBook Pro laptops will have to use a dongle in order to connect these monstrous flash drives to their computers.
Since the DataTraveler Ultimate GT line is the best of the best when it comes to flash storage, Kingston equipped both models with a zinc-alloy chassis that’s shock-resistant and should provide enough protection when it comes to drops. Even if the tough metal chassis somehow ends broken, or if the storage gets corrupted, Kingston is providing a five-year warranty as well as free technical support for all buyers of the DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drive line.
The flash drive is compatible with following operating systems only: Windows 7 and up to Windows 10, MacOS 10.9 and up, Linux 2.6 and up, and Chrome OS. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT will be up for grabs starting February for yet unknown price. But since the 1 TB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator can be found on Amazon for around $1,000, three years after it was first revealed, it is certain that two new flash drives will surely sport a four-figure price in dollars.