Kingston's 256GB USB Flash Drive is $1,108

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Compulsive1

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Why? Portable USB hard drive with bigger capacity and much faster transfer rates can be bought for 1/5 of the price. Yes it's slightly larger, but for $800.00 in savings I'm OK dealing with 2.5" external enclosure. As a matter of fact I carry a 160GB in my laptop back pack at all times. It came free with a Fujitsu netbook that cost less than the 256GB USB flash drive.
 

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It's a start people. The price will fall. One day it will be affordable. As soon as a 500GB flash drive comes out, it will push prices down. A beginning is good. The high end doesn't start within reach. That's why it's the high end. It will push others to go higher and what was once the high end will come down to within reach. I say thank you Kingston for keeping things fresh.
 

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It's a good start. It's called the high end for a reason. Others will push farther and the high end will slowly come within reach. I love technology!
 

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[citation][nom]Compulsive1[/nom]Why? Portable USB hard drive with bigger capacity and much faster transfer rates can be bought for 1/5 of the price. Yes it's slightly larger, but for $800.00 in savings I'm OK dealing with 2.5" external enclosure. As a matter of fact I carry a 160GB in my laptop back pack at all times. It came free with a Fujitsu netbook that cost less than the 256GB USB flash drive.[/citation]
but some people aren't, not only that, platter drives, if dropped, most likely are toast, this flash drive is FAR more convenient for many people, especially businessmen on the go. a hard drive is too clunky for them to be risking sensitive date.
 

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i like this design i have a 300GB external and I'm just uncomfortable carrying it around cause it has platters. I never carry it around but this here of course is too expensive.
 

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The price will drop eventually.

I still have a brochure from 3 years ago which has an internal Blu-ray burner advertised for $1,200. Now I can pick one up for $250-ish (Australian).
 

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Can you imagine writing 200GB of data to this thing at a blazing speed of 12MB/s. That's going over 4 hrs. Are you kidding me? Why not have a eSATA port?
 

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For over $1000 and 256 gigs, why isn't this USB 3.0? It could take you at the minimum 3 hours to read off that and 6 to write to it. As others have already said way cheaper options are available while not being pocketable, still nothing unreasonable.
 
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I paid $140 for a 512MB drive 4 years ago. Today, you can buy a one gig drive at a dollar store. In a few years, they'll have a 20TB drive, and thrift stores will be selling Kingston's 256GB for under 5 bucks.
 

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[citation][nom]eklipz330[/nom]wait, no USB 3.0? what's the point?[/citation]If read/write is really 25/12, then I believe the bottleneck is actually the flash memory inside. Moving to USB 3.0 or eSATA would therefore be pointless. I said it and will say it again, just get an SSD with eSATA external enclosure and you will be doing 250/200 MB/s for less money.
 
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