We already saw it at CES, and in the meantime it has arrived at our test lab: the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB. A USB stick with a storage capacity of two terabytes: please let that sink in for a minute. We only managed to get the same capacity on a 3.5'' hard drive back in 2009, however today it fits in our hand palm. Is this cool, 'just because', or is it actually worth having?
The DataTraveler Ultimate GT series is the spiritual succesor to the HyperX Predator 3.0, which was released in 2013. GT stands for Generation Terabyte: the stick is available in capacities of 1 and 2 TB, smaller capacities are not available. Just like in the past we're looking at a fat and heavy flashdrive. The Ultimate GT has a solid case, made out of a zinc alloy, and due to that it weighs nearly 140 grams. With a thickness of over two centimeters it's definitely not a small stick.
The flashdrive comes in a metal case with a bag and extension adapter, in case you can't directly plug the stick into a PC. This is because the stick will block other ports in most systems. You also won't be able to lose any caps, since Kingston uses a sliding mechanism to protect the connector if it is not in use.
Other than an activity LED there isn't anything that stands out about the stick. It is 2017, however new technologies such as USB Type-C and USB 3.1 have not yet reached this product. The latter is probably also not necessary, as Kingston claims maximum read and write speeds of respectively 300 and 200 MB/s. These are well within the USB 3.0 specification.
The 2-TB variant of the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT, that we are discussing in this article, costs about 1770 dollars. This is a huge sum of money. The 1-TB variant is also not cheap, coming in at 1000 dollars.