Memory and storage developer Kingston has been producing USB flash drives for years, and has always kept one eye on the high end (and high margin) end of the market. So it’s not very surprising that the company claims to be the first to put a 128 GB USB flash drive on the market with an expanded edition of the DataTraveler 200.
"The new DT200’s robust storage capability lets consumers store complete libraries of music, photos and videos. It is also a great tool for business users who carry around large databases or files," said Kingston USB business manager Andrew Ewing, in a statement.
The drive features a retractable USB connector (no cap to lose!) and is enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost. User of Windows 2000, XP, and Vista can also use Password Traveler software to create a password-protected area of the drive dubbed a "privacy zone;" in the event the drive is lost or stolen, personal or sensitive data wouldn’t be accessible. (Mac and Linux users, however, would have to resort to other forms of data protection.)
The 128 GB DataTraveler drives are build-to-order only for the moment (customers can place orders through e-tailers or resellers), and they come at a steep price: $546.00. Kingston also offers 64 and 32 GB versions of the DataTraveler drives for $213 and $120, respectively.