Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator (512 USB 3.0 Flash Drive) Review
Normally when a company releases a 512GB USB 3.0 drive we would assume that it was a 2.5" form factor model, often using a mechanical drive but occasionally containing a SSD. Kingston haven’t taken that route though and instead have managed to fit half a gigabyte of storage into a much more compact package. So compact in fact that they include an attachment so that it can be carried about with us along with our keys.
Packaging and Bundle
Kingston package their Predator drive in a metal tin which gives us some key specification details on the front. Inside we find the drive and bundled items all stored in a foam insert. As well as the drive we get a key ring and USB 3.0 cable which allows us to install this reasonably chunky but compact storage device in ports which don’t have a lot of room nearby.
The Predator USB 3.0 (DTHXP30/512GB)
Kingston use a zinc alloy chassis for the Predator and on the top we get the product branding and a blue LED which flashes as the drive is used. The left section of the drive slides along the black middle section to reveal a USB 3.0 connector and on the far end of the drive we have a ring to attach the drive to our key ring.
The drive measures 72×26.94x21mm and is shown alongside a traditional thumb drive and enclosure containing 2.5" portable drive above.
Kingston fit 512GB of storage inside the Predator with a formatted capacity of 478GB. A 1TB model is also available and the maximum rated speed of the range is 240MB/s read, 160MB/s write with Kingston adding value through the 5-year warranty.
In our testing the 512GB version of the Predator drive didn’t hit the advertised write speed in Atto, topping out at just under 100MB/s however was much closer in CDM sequential tests at 146MB/s. The read speed exceeded the Kingston PR figures at 279MB/s. In real world use this allowed us to transfer a 1.5GB file in 10s to the drive and copying from the Kingston storage took 5s for the same content.
For a drive with zinc alloy chassis and 512GB of flash storage in such a compact package there is of course a price premium and the Predator is one of the most expensive "Thumb" drives around. That said it is also the fastest we have tested in that class and the 1TB model is hugely desirable.