KINGSTON DIGITAL has taken the covers off its 2016 range at CES in Las Vegas and the most notable device on the list is the 'self-destructing' latest DataTraveler 2000 USB hard drive.
What makes it interesting is that it has a built-in keypad that allows it to be PIN protected when inserted into any device and can be set to 'self-destruct' after 10 incorrect log-in attempts. Better still, it comes with an aluminium cover to prevent the self-destruct accidentally being triggered in your bag.
Compatible with USB up to 3.1, it offers speeds of up to 135MBps read and 40MBps write. It is also designed to be OS independent, and includes up to 256-bit AES protection without any drivers on the host device.
“We are excited to add DataTraveler 2000 to our existing line-up of fast and encrypted USB flash drives for organisations and SMBs,” said Valentina Vitolo, flash business manager at Kingston. “It is the perfect option to deploy in the workforce where a uniform encrypted data storage solution that works on many different operating systems is in use."
The device will be available later in the quarter. Prices are to be announced, but capacities will range from 16GB to 64GB.
Next up is the KC400, the latest addition to the SSDNow range powered by an eight-channel Phison controller and quad-core internal processor. It will be available is capacities from 128GB to 1TB with speeds of 550/540MBps read/write on the 256GB drive.
The MobileLite range of WiFi-enabled SD card readers has been expanded with the addition of the Wireless G3 and Wireless Pro. The G3 offers a 5600mAh onboard battery to charge mobile devices via the mobile app, and makes it even easier to transfer to and from mobile devices.
Both offer wireless 802.11ac connectivity, while the Pro edition adds an extra little something in the form of a 64GB flash storage option. Both have USB 3.0 and SD card slots, with an adapter for microSD. There's also an Ethernet port so you can use it as a hotel room hotspot.
Last up, following on from the success of the HyperX CloudII headset, Kingston has released a special edition for Xbox One users which has garnered the moniker of 'official'. It adds an inline volume control and comes in a hard-shell case.
This year's offerings are less focused on the traditional Kingston flash product lines, and once again don't increase capacities. µ
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