Kingston has offered 256GB flash drives before, but for some reason decided not to offer the 256GB DataTraveler 200 in America. The reason was probably the roughly $900 price tag the drive had when it debuted last summer in the UK. Kingston has decided the time is right for a massive capacity flash drive in America and has announced it is now shipping the DataTraveler 310 with 256GB of storage.
The 310 has Password Traveler software installed to let the user create a password-protected zone the drive for more data security. The secure area can be up to 90% of the total drive capacity and doesn't require the user to have admin rights on the host computer. The huge storage space is enough for 365 CDs, 54 DVDs, or 51,000 images.
Kingston promises data transfer rates of 25MB/sec read and 12MB/sec write. The drive measures 2.9" x 0.87" x 0.63" and has a removable cap that covers the USB port. The flash drive also ships with a loop to attach it to a key ring. The price is as staggering as the storage capacity at $1,108 making it more expensive than the DataTraveler 300 that was in the UK last year.