CES 2012: Kingston
Author: Keith Hamilton
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-18-2012

Kingston was celebrating their HyperX brandís 10 year anniversary at CES and to kick things off, we were shown their new HyperX Red limited edition RAM modules. The Reds are available in dual channel kits at 1333 (1.5v) or 1600 (1.65v) MHz variants and are Intel XMP ready. Kingston illustrated how the red heat spreaders complement motherboards with red accents like the Asus Rampage IV Extreme.

The T1 series is getting a facelift soon by cutting down on how tall the heat spreaders are. With CPU coolers growing in virtually every direction, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find high performance memory with heat spreaders that will fit under a massive heatsink.

Kingstonís 2400 MHz kits were on display performing Photoshop macro stacking to show off just how much bandwidth they could push through these modules. Another test had 64 GB performing video editing in Adobe After Effects using RAM only. The entire process was consuming 50 GB of memory and running much faster than using a hard drive.

With ultrabooks dominating much of the landscape at CES, Kingston is looking into moving into this market by offering affordable solutions for storage needs. The Data Traveler Micro in 8 GB and 16 GB variants are USB drives with a tiny footprint, perfect for the sleek ultrabooks. They also have the Data Traveler SE9 which is constructed using metal instead of plastic for a more rugged look and feel. These drives are designed for keychains and are compact enough to use along with the ultrabooks. Both drives are USB 2.0 to keep cost down for the average consumer as USB 3.0 continues its migration across the market.

For enthusiasts, Kingston has the Data Traveler HyperX in 64GB all the way up to 256 GB. Utilizing USB 3.0, these drives include eight channels and are rated at 255 MB/s read and 135 MB/s write. Kingston will be releasing two more USB 3.0 drives this year that are two channel and will represent a more economical solution.

Designed for Apple products late last year, Kingstonís Wi-Drive offers wireless storage for files or to stream media like music, videos and movies. They are available currently in 16 and 32 GB models with a 64 GB unit coming in Q1.

The unit features dual antennas so you can connect wirelessly to it and have it connect to a wireless router, which keeps your device on the Internet during use. When plugged in, it will show up as a standard jump drive. It supports up to three devices streaming simultaneously for up to four hours before a recharge is needed.

There is a free app that can be downloaded to access the device for Apple, Android, and now the Kindle Fire. To demonstrate the app, The Simpsonís Movie was played on an iPhone while Transformers was being streamed to an iPad. Larger file size movies (such as Transformers) took about 20-30 seconds to buffer, but then it can be fast-forwarded without requiring more buffering later. The demo we were shown worked flawlessly on both devices simultaneously. Video files are handled using the native iPad/iPhone video player, meaning it supports all formats that iOS does on those devices. The music player is built in and plays any format that doesnít have DRM. Music can stream in the background (at least on the iPad demo we were shown) while multitasking.

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