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Deal shaves at least $150 USD off price of expensive thumb drive

Remember that HyperX Predator 1 terabyte thumb drive from Kingston Technology, Inc. which debuted at CES 2013?

Well it's still not exactly "affordable", but with a Lightning Deal from Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) you can get it for "only" $899 USD (w/ free shipping).  That's about $150 USD cheaper than the normal price on Amazon or on eBay, Inc. (EBAY) (or various other sites).

Newegg currently sells the drive for $1093.60 USD.  The debut price was $2,310 USD.
 
The drive is pretty darn fast with speeds up up to 240 MB/s read and 160 MB/s right over USB 3.0.  The drive is shock resistant and features a zinc alloy case.  It's a bit bulky for a thumb drive, but at 1 TB of storage, that's somewhat understandable.

The "pedestrian" 512 GB HyperX Predator (which debuted at $1,750 USD last year and retails on Newegg for $854.99 USD) is an even bigger steal during the Lightning Deal, retailing for only $459.99 USD.

Source: Amazon Lightning Deal



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Not worth it at all.
By kleinma on 4/15/2014 3:41:21 PM , Rating: 5
I know it won't be as small as a thumb drive, but for 450 bucks on amazon, you can get a 1TB Samsung EVO SSD, and for another 15 bucks, you can get a USB3 external housing. Almost half the price of this thing...




RE: Not worth it at all.
By jedimindtriks on 4/15/14, Rating: -1
RE: Not worth it at all.
By Flunk on 4/15/2014 4:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
A 1TB Samsung EVO SSD is faster than this.

540 MB/s Max Read
520 MB/s Max Write


RE: Not worth it at all.
By jedimindtriks on 4/16/2014 2:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
My bad, for some reason i thought he was talking about SD cards.

wow i want what i was smoking


RE: Not worth it at all.
By inighthawki on 4/15/2014 4:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
Please, explain.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By kleinma on 4/15/2014 4:11:24 PM , Rating: 5
He can't explain because he has no idea what he is talking about... at all...


RE: Not worth it at all.
By Argon18 on 4/15/2014 4:15:58 PM , Rating: 3
Seems like you're missing the point. Not everyone wants to lug an external hard drive. A thumb drive you can put on your key chain and forget about it.

Do I really need to explain the use cases requiring a USB thumb drive vs. an external hard drive? Feels like a question from ~2002, not 2014.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By umrdyldo on 4/15/2014 4:22:21 PM , Rating: 1
I totally understand the form factor aspect, I can't wrap my head around the price difference. Not worth it to 90% of people.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By daboom06 on 4/15/2014 4:26:42 PM , Rating: 3
wait, so you're saying the bleeding-edge technology is over-priced? omahgawd. stop everything!


RE: Not worth it at all.
By Solandri on 4/15/2014 6:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
I bought a 512 MB CF card 10 years ago for the low, low price of $115. I needed it for my DSLR, and it was a better (albeit more expensive) alternative to a 340 MB microdrive.

Today, a 512 MB SD card (if they still made them) would be about $0.25. So yeah, this stuff is definitely not worth it not just for 90% of people, but for 99% of people. Unless you need it today, save your money and just wait a few years.

I don't use the 512 MB card anymore, but I keep it around in my photo bag. I figure in 2-3 decades I can show it to my grandkids and amaze them that something which holds a millionth the capacity of what we'll probably have by then cost so much. (I also have a 5 MB PCMCIA flash drive which cost me $100 in 1997.)


RE: Not worth it at all.
By kleinma on 4/15/2014 4:37:55 PM , Rating: 2
I am not missing the point, I mentioned form factor in my original comment. I don't know about you, but I don't want to carry around 900 dollars on my key ring. If anything, the larger form factor means I am less likely to lose it. I don't know how many 2-8GB USB drives I have misplaced....

Use cases for 1TB USB thumb drive versus external USB SSD, yes, please explain, even though it is 2014.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By retrospooty on 4/15/2014 5:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly it wasn't made for you. It was made for someone that needs to carry 1tb around with them at all times without lugging anything extra, and has the $ to blow on it. New tech is always overpriced.

Get an extremely affordable 64gb thumb drive and be happy. I have a 2 year old 32gb and it suits me fine. I wouldnt buy it either, but to act like noone else should is pointless. 2-3 years from now something like that will be cheap anyhow.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By Guspaz on 4/15/2014 6:07:02 PM , Rating: 3
Have you seen how big this USB stick actually is? Yeah, it's smaller than a 2.5" enclosure, but not in all dimensions. For one thing, it's a lot thicker than a 2.5" external hard disk, and it's way too big to put on a keychain in practice. It's so big (nearly an inch thick) that it comes with a USB extension cable because it's so thick it can't be plugged into some laptops.

The Samsung 840 EVO is available in the mSATA form factor, and there are mSATA external enclosures that are just as portable as the 1TB Kingston USB stick, but cost (combined) hundreds of dollars less.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By retrospooty on 4/15/2014 8:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
It is pretty big. Whatever, it wasnt made for me either. I just pasted in another post, but this makes more sense for most people. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...


RE: Not worth it at all.
By Guspaz on 4/16/2014 9:00:14 AM , Rating: 2
B&H has that same USB stick for $49: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1016086-REG/...


RE: Not worth it at all.
By retrospooty on 4/16/2014 11:56:08 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks... I just went o go buy it. The B&H site says "Passover Holiday Closing: We are not accepting orders at this time" when you go to order. LOL. WTF?


RE: Not worth it at all.
By atechfan on 4/16/2014 1:10:23 PM , Rating: 2
How dare business owners observe different holidays than you.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By retrospooty on 4/16/2014 3:54:21 PM , Rating: 3
Uh... I really just found it odd that the website wouldn't accept orders. It doesn't require someone be onsite to ship it to take an order. It's not like NewEgg or Amazon close on Dec. 25th, but whatever.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By extide on 4/16/2014 1:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Not worth it at all.
By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2014 6:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It was made for someone that needs to carry 1tb around with them at all times without lugging anything extra


Which is, nobody. Let's be honest. Nobody "needs" a thumb drive, it's simply a convenience.

An SSD external enclosure fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, I mean come on, isn't that portable enough? It's hardly "lugging".


RE: Not worth it at all.
By retrospooty on 4/15/2014 8:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
"Which is, nobody. Let's be honest. Nobody "needs" a thumb drive, it's simply a convenience."

LOL, true, I should have said "wants" not "needs". The key thing was they have the cash to blow on it.

"It's hardly "lugging"."

Yes, it is lugging. A USB stick on a keychain is something you already have (your keys). That rids you of needing to A, bring something else in your pockets, and B, forget to bring something else or C lose it. That part is highly useful. My keys are always where I am, or I couldn't have gotten there, so I always have my stuff. The USB stick vs. SSD thing makes total sense. $900? No, not for me. I was just eyeballing this though. Well worth the $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...


RE: Not worth it at all.
By atechfan on 4/15/2014 10:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I do need a thumbdrive. Sometimes, it is the only way to get anti-malware software to install on a client's machine. In fact, sometimes it is the only way to even boot the machine without a re-install of the OS. Boot to a small Linux distro with some security tools and you can fix almost any infection, even rootkits and boot sector viruses, as long as the motherboard supports boot from USB.

But I definitely don't need this beast. A 4GB stick is just fine.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By CharonPDX on 4/16/2014 12:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize how big this thing is, right?

It's not a tiny "easily fits on a keychain" drive.
http://techgage.com/reviews/kingston/hyperx_predat...

You can get a 1 TB mSATA drive PLUS an mSATA-to-USB-stick enclosure for $200 less. And the mSATA-to-USB enclosure is only slightly larger footprint, but FAR thinner!

Really, the HyperX Predator is monstrously large:
http://www.brightsideofnews.com/Data/2013_1_14/Kin...


RE: Not worth it at all.
By kmmatney on 4/16/2014 2:44:08 AM , Rating: 2
I have an old OCZ 64GB SSD which I use like an external thumb drive. I don't even have it in a case, and it's connected to an external USB-to-SATA adapter (which came free with my Samsung 830 SSD). The speed is way faster than any USB stick I've ever used. The new 1TB SSDs are even smaller and lighter, probably not much bigger than this thing. It's cool that they were able to get 1 TB on a USB stick, but not worth the price unless you absolutely need the form factor.


RE: Not worth it at all.
By hduser on 4/16/2014 11:54:44 AM , Rating: 2
Let's say you were a spy trying to smuggle information out.
Which one would you prefer to have hidden in your body cavity?


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