January 12, 2013

Kingston’s 1 Terabyte Flash Drive Revolution

Flash and hard drive memory in the 21st¬†century have seen strange pricing across different platforms with Xbox and PS3 consoles, PC hard drives, and hand-held hard drives, despite the fact that it’s all the same memory. The 2 Gigabyte AVI formatted movie that you’re watching is no less applicable on your PSP as it is on your PC, and can even be played on your laptop.

Technology manufacturers may have managed to find ways to differentiate their hardware and software from each other, but memory is universal. However, this is strange, given that memory units can be so expensive and incomparable across different devices. You can log into Newegg right now and purchase a 16-gigabyte flash drive memory unit for less than ten bucks. But for fifty more added to that ten, you could have a 500-gigabyte internal hard drive for your PC.

But price isn’t the only issue.

Comparable sizes for memory across different hardware also factors into the equation. Flash memory is generally more expensive than hard drive memory on a PC. Flash Drives have been this way for the past decade and have these strange price jumps due to its portability and lack of moving parts.

However, thanks to Kingston, you can carry a swappable memory drive as large as one terabyte around with you.

You read that right: one terabyte of memory.

One terabyte of memory is generally a unit of memory expected for the modern PC and can be easily achieved for less than $80. However, Kingston is marketing this tiny behemoth of a USB for $1,750. You can ignore what I said about being a convenience for your pocket. Comparatively, this seems like a complete rip-off in pricing, but you must consider how difficult it must be to fit that much memory onto a stick the size of your thumb.

This, and the fact that a USB uses no moving parts, making it direct opposition to magnetic media, a huge factor in that competition. The big problem here, of course, is price.

Who wants to spend almost $2000 on a flash drive?

USB and hard drives have come a long way since the days of floppy disks and are respectively more advanced than their predecessors. The average floppy disk in the nineties ran at maximum 1.44 MB. The average song on ITunes is at least five times the size of that. So considering where we were ten years ago, the use of internal and flash memory has definitely been revolutionized.

Music buffs and tech enthusiasts alike are moving freely between computers with eight and sixteen gigabyte devices, storing thousands of songs, movies, and pod-casts on their iPods and MP3 players.

But is the use of a terabyte flash drive needed in today’s society? I love digital media and find it to be one of the greatest advancements in the past decade of technological development, but I’ve never needed more than sixteen gigabytes to hold anything.

Besides my lack of needing anything important, my uses for a flash drive haven’t evolved beyond the purpose of transferring small media files.

I don’t mean to sound brash, but I doubt seriously that anyone in my social circle would need a terabyte flash USB either. It seems like the needs for such a device would only be desired for business and server management purposes. However, there might be a serious need for a flash stick of this size when the 4K Ultra HD era picks up some serious momentum.

I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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